Hugelkultur is a good addition to any permaculture project because it’s a naturalistic way to create a bed for growing plants. In its purest form, it uses a lot of waste from the property, namely trees, preferably ones that were thinned, fell over in storms, or cut to make way for other permaculture projects.
This post is not a definitive hugelkultur primer. It’s just a collection of links we like or wished we had seen before we started our own.
We’re writing this in mid-June in New Brunswick, Canada, which is too late to really get the most of a new hugel, but if you’re starting other projects, then it might be the best investment of time and found resources that will pay off next year.
RichSoil’s hugel page is an excellent resource with lots of videos, photos and diagrams. We believe he’s based in California, but hugels were originally German.
Insteader's Hugelkulture Page
The founder’s of Insteaders are homesteaders themselves and are based in Seattle. The hugelpage is another excellent collection of hugel links to get you started or experimenting with a new kind, if you’ve already built one.
Maritime Gardener Hugel Video
If you like your videos slow and folksy, this is for you. The Maritime Gardener, Greg Auton, rambles through this video of making a hugel-style raised bed. The Maritime Gardener is based in Nova Scotia.
As we find more hugelkulture gems, we’ll add them to this post.