May 1st, 2018

Monday-ish word: hügelkultur

hügelkultur (hoo-gul-culture), noun

A method of raised-bed gardens where decaying wood and other compostable materials are covered with a top layer of soil.

This spring, I plan to try hugelkultur on at least one garden bed (more, if I find time to dig more holes and haul more brush).
Much advice can be found on mound composition, size, steepness of the walls, best plants to grow the first year, etc.

Etymology: German; hügel, hill + culture
(That pronunciation is what I see in English articles - I suspect the actual German pronunciation is a bit different.)

The below drawing is from this article.