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hugelkultur – the ultimate raised garden beds


I received a post in my mailbox from an absolutely amazing blogger I follow from my beginnings in WordPress. http://theecograndma.blogspot.be/2015/03/wasteful-wednesday_25.html#more
I love getting them. I am always in for a surprise (Oh by the way her “Good news Monday” is sheer delight too 🙂 ) wondering what I’m going top learn next… this time was no exception, a treat was awaiting.
I got this link http://www.richsoil.com/hugelkultur/
A fascinating one, rich with information for those interested in organic gardening or farming with a video I posted here.
I hope this will be a source of enjoyment & use for everyone 🙂

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Published on 7 Nov 2012
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Hugelkultur is raised garden beds that reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation and fertilizer.

This video shows the why and how of this type of raised garden bed. Hugelkultur can be built by hand or with machinery; urban lots or large acreage farms;

The focal point of this video is a project in Dayton, Montana where Sepp Holzer installed nearly a kilometer of hugelkultur beds in early May of 2012. Then the video shows the results in mid September.

Michael Billington is currently the land manager there. He explains how the beds have not been irrigated and goes into some detail of the qualities of the food from the different aspects of the hugelkultur: the north side tends to be sweeter and the south side tends to have more bite (lettuces tend to be more bitter and mustards tend to be hotter).

Special appearances by Christy Nieto from Bellingham, Washington (see her smaller berm / raised garden bed in the background – she reduced, but did not eliminate irrigation); Melanie and Brad Knight from Sage Mountain Homestead in Corvallis, Montana (building hugelkultur with a bobcat); Sepp Holzer adding branch mulch plus throwing seed; Jessica “Jessi” Peterson showing the mulching technique.

The recipie is: wood and brush covered with soil; immediately plant seeds; a bit of mulch helps.

Because the sides of the raised garden beds are usually steep, adding mulch is done by pinning the mulch to the sides with branches shaped like pegs (referred to as nails in the video) that hold on branches that hold on the mulch.

Once the hugelkultur beds get to be about three years old, the plant growth will be about five times greater. This is just the first year and the wood has not yet rotted much.

Hugelkultur also extends the growing season. Areas that have 90 frost free days can now have 150 frost free days!

Notice how ALL of these feature polyculture. Polyculture is one of many ingredients which help to reduce the need
for irrigation.

The end of the video features the attendees of the 14 day intensive permacultur design course offered in Dayton, Montana in April of 2012.

Relevant:
http://www.permies.com/t/17/permacult…
http://www.permies.com/t/15981/permac…
http://www.permies.com/t/12206/permac…
http://www.permies.com/t/15068/plants…
http://www.permies.com/t/12649/bugs/T…
http://www.permies.com/t/16366/permac…
http://www.permies.com/t/16405/permac…

music by Jimmy Pardo http://permies.com/t/6301#62570
Category
Science & Technology
Licence
Standard YouTube Licence

A memorable day in Sounds of Nature – Waterfall #1 (my first Youtube video ever!)


A memorable day in Sounds of Nature – Waterfall # 1

Published on Aug 18, 2013
I’m proud to present to you my first video on Youtube. I hope you like it. POSITIVE feedback is always welcome. Enjoy!

I can’t believe it…I have finally published my first video on nature in You tube. Let’s be honest, I would’ve never managed it on my own. My very dear ones told me how it’s done 🙂
It is not yet thee perfect version (those two side bars are there because I held my camera the wrong way!) but I’m very happy with the result. The music comes from one of my favorites… Enya, which is soothing and a good counterbalance to the strong powerful cascading stream.
Water and its sounds have always fascinated me in the sense that it has such a soothing influence on the human behavior.
I hope you like and enjoy those short 6 minutes. Let me know what you think of it.

P.s I had to change the music as it was copyright and as a result we can’t hear the sounds of the waterfall which is very disappointing but there’s not much to be done besides being careful next time!
I had the same problem with photos in the beginnings of my blog and somehow I did not connect it this time to music, hence my mistake. I’ll have to find out how to download music the right way 🙂

St. Moritz 2011 ( French poetry In it’s original text with translation in post below )


Oh! St. Moritz!

Oh! St. Moritz!

magic

magic

St. Moritz covered in white

St. Moritz covered in white

St. Moritz
————

Lorsque je me promenais dans tes allées glacée,

Ă” St. Moritz!

Le soleil brillait sur les flocons fraichement tombées
Soulignant sa forme pure et intacte
Tout blanc et aveuglant, crissant sous l’impact
De mes pas et je m’exclamais,

Ă” St. Moritz!

Les arbres se prosternés, majestueusement
Sous le poids de cette substance cotonneuse
Impassible par la magie de son environnement
TĂ©moin d’un lac allant et gelant
Soumise Ă  la tomber d’une nuit frileuse

Et je priai, Ă” St.Moritz!

Durant un mois j’ai habitĂ© ta forĂŞt
M’invitant des heures durant Ă  marcher
Mes compagnons furent le silence et l’enchantement
Pour cette plénitude de par le vent
Soufflant, soufflant, Ă  travers ces arbres, Ă  travers ces cimes

Et mon âme murmurait, Ô St. Moritz!

Certains t’ont piĂ©tinĂ©, d’autres bafouĂ©
Inconscient du privilège accordé, à cette societé
Blasée, fuyant un trop de tout
Mais retrouvant ces bruits incessants
Ce tumulte, ses lois et ses tabous

Chez toi, Ă” St.Moritz!

Moi, je t’ai cajolĂ©, rĂŞvĂ© et bercĂ©
Enfoui au fond de mon coeur à travers ces années
En ésperant marier le tout à la réalité
Pour t’entendre chuchoter dans mes oreilles
Ou gronder en dévoilant tes merveilles

Et j’ai pleurĂ©, Ă” St. Moritz.

St. Moritz-Will words, this time, do justice? ( poem in French in post above with here its English translation ) 2011


Oh! St. Moritz!

Oh! St. Moritz!

magic

magic

St. Moritz covered in white

St. Moritz covered in white

Hi everyone!

This poem took me eleven years to pluck up some semblance of courage and write.
Back then, I had the one and only opportunity to go up the mountains,
in the winter season and witness the marvels of nature in all its glory.
The experience never repeated itself, but the magic of the scenery stayed
engraved and kept coming back in flashes, I wanted to express it in poetry
but was afraid to spoil the grandeur of it all so, I kept waiting for THE
moment… I trusted and knew it would come. I’ll leave you to be the judge
of it…
I’ll first give you the translation and then put its original after, just for
the sake of not repeating over and over the same order 🙂 There goes…

St. Moritz
————-

When I took a stroll in your frozen lanes

Oh St. Moritz!

The sun shone on the freshly fallen flakes
Underlining its intact and pure form
All white and blinding, crunching under the impact
Of my footsteps and I exclaimed

Oh St. Moritz!

The trees bowed down majestically
Under the weight of this downy substance
Impassive to the magic of it’s environment
Witness of a lake streaming and freezing
Submissive at the fall of a shivery night

And I prayed, Oh St. Moritz!

During a month I inhabited your forest
Inviting me during hours, to walk
My companions were, silence and enchantment
for this plenitude from the wind
Blowing, blowing, through the trees, through the peaks

And my soul murmured, Oh St. Moritz!

Some, have trampled on you, others scorned,
Unconscious of the privilege granted, to this society
Blasé, escaping a too much of everything,
Yet, finding back these incessant noises
This tumult, its laws and taboos

By you Oh St. Moritz!

I, have cajoled you, dreamed and rocked you
Buried in the depths of my heart throughout these years
Hoping to marry the whole to a reality
To hear you whisper in my ears
Or roar while revealing your wonders

And I cried, Oh St. Moritz.

I hope you enjoyed it!