Bay Branch Farm

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Hugelkultur bed

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Another experiment! We built a hugelkultur bed in the back yard. This is a raised bed that is composed of dead wood, grass clippings, sod and dirt. The benefits of this type of bed include nutrients from the composting materials, water retention, and aerated soil. Right now we are trying to grow cucumbers in the bed. Will post an updated picture of them in a few weeks.

Logs are at the base of the trench and covered with grass clippings.

Logs are at the base of the trench and covered with grass clippings.

We used the rotary plow to throw the dirt on top.

We used the rotary plow to throw the dirt on top.

The final bed with cucumbers planted and wood chips around the base.

The final bed with cucumbers planted and wood chips around the base.

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