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My Hugelkulter Homestead
My Hugelkulter Homestead
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Springdale, WA, US
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

David Dahlsrud
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My Hugelkulter Homestead

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Rural, Educational, Financial Economic

Project Summary

I'm turning 2.5 dry acres of Knapp weed and sand with a falling down OSB cabin into a dozen Hugelkulter paddocks with a quasi Wofati with a Rocket Mass Heater.

Project Description

My 2.5 acres of sand has possibly the second most extreme weather in the 48 US States. While I get about 20 inches of rain a year, only about 7 inches of that falls in the April through September window, and only 2.5 inches of rain falls in the three frost free summer months when temps are usually in the 80s and 90s F. Most of the rain falls as snow in the winter with temps that drop to -30F periodically. You pretty much have to have to go to North Dakota to find more extreme weather.

My land has a foot or so of sandy alkyline top soil on top of a couple dozen feet of sand and gravel. It's an ex farm field that was farmed to death before being sold. In the winter the top soil freezes solid to the point it is the consistancy of brick. In the summer it turns into a fine tan dust that gets on or in everything.

I do a lousy job of remembering to irrigate my garden, so If I ever want to grow something other than Knapp weed, I need some serious Hugelkulter beds. I plan on raising chickens for meat to begin with, and as my land improves, I will grow other animals.


Making Hugelkultur while the Sun Shines.

Scavenging wood for Hugelkultur, planting more trees, swinging a scythe, and my Monster Chicken Tractor

Posted about 12 years ago (0 comments)

Trees in Hugelkultur Holes

I planted trees today and shot videos.

Posted about 12 years ago (0 comments)
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