Hugelkultur is a relatively unknown concept, and provides a plethora of benefits and advantages to mainstream farming and gardening techniques.
Hugelkultur means hill culture or hill mound.

At a basic level, Hugelkultur involves building your garden bed as a raised mound over a base of dead wood. The wood helps disseminate nitrates and other nutrients in a natural way, as well as help retain water, amoungst other advantages.


  • grow a typical garden without irrigation or fertilization
  • Has all the practical advantages of other raised garden beds
  • has been demonstrated to work in deserts as well as backyards
  • use up rotting wood, twigs, branches and even whole trees that would otherwise go to the dump or be burned
  • it is pretty much nothing more than buried wood
  • can be flush with the ground, although raised garden beds are typically better
  • can start small, and be added to later, although bigger is better
  • Sequesters carbon
  • perfect for places that have had trees blown over by storms

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