After dreaming of having one since I first learned about permaculture last spring I finally built a hugelkultur! It’s basically a big pile of rotting wood covered in rotting leaves, dirt and compost. The wood is supposed to act like a sponge, to keep the soil moist and healthy. It’s not the prettiest thing but I was happy to have a place for all the baby tomatoes that kept popping up in my garden!
I built it on a whim one day while my baby slept and my toddler played nearby. It did what it was supposed to as far as giving my baby tomatoes a place to grow. Unfortunately I didn’t have much of a gardening budget at the time so I used a super cheap “fence” and T posts. The deer were able to push up the fence to come in every few weeks and eat whatever had grown. The wind knocked the poor fence over a few times too. Plus my husband hated the whole thing. It was a fun experiment though and it felt good to break ground on what will someday be a new garden bed!