gelkultur is a German term that roughly translates to “mound culture”. The hugelkultur gardening method has been used in Eastern Europe for centuries and is essentially a sheet-composting method that involves burying woody debris (logs, branches, sticks) and other organic matter under a mound of earth.
This is a great way to grow food in your garden while recycling all at the same time, you could even have more sq footage than regular raised beds. The soil would be nutrient rich because of the wood rotting inside, I would almost want to put food scraps and egg shells etc in the soil while building this. All in all I think I will be trying this.
Photo Credit: arcadia-farms.net
Interesting. I have raised beds…I wonder if I should experiment with this method this summer.
I started on this last year when we had an overload of branches and cuttings after a pruning fest. They’re taking a while to rot down - so much wood! - but even in the small space I used for the two we have, it’s given a much better surface than flat beds did to regulate shade for heat vulnerable plants. I did put food compost + manure in, but right in the middle/inside the branches, because I was afraid the possums would go digging.