It’s helpful to see things in action in addition to reading about them on paper (or screen). We talk a lot about hugelkultur, succession planting, and biodiversity in our educational materials, so we thought it would be helpful to show you all three of those things at work in one of our garden beds.

We hope you enjoy this quick 7 minute video tour!


Definitions:

  • Hugelkultur: A Germanic word that means “hill culture,” hugelkultur is an ancient practice for building biological soil fertility. To create a hugelkultur bed, you mound up layers of decomposing wood, compost, and soil, thereby creating a garden bed that will maintain water and fertility for many years.
  • Succession Planting: There are different definitions and methods of succession planting, but what we’re referring to here is planting multiple plant species together that mature and/or produce a harvest in different seasons of the year so as to provide continual harvests from the same garden bed/s.
  • Biodiversity: Literal definition is the broad variety of species inhabiting an ecosystem. Biodiversity in a garden system is the intentional interplanting of multiple species to produce beneficial results (reduced pest pressure, reduced disease pressure, larger yields, diversified crop production, etc.).

If you have questions about anything in this video, please ask away in the comments below!

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