Build. Hack. Play. It's just what we do.
Build. Hack. Play. It's just what we do.

If you have the space and want to grow your own food and get the most out of your input then check this out! It's called hugelkultur.

Here is a short video about it narrated by Paul Weaton of

It basically translates to hill-culture or mount-culture. This method has been used for centuries in Eastern Europe and and is essentially a long term sheet mulching method with a slow release compost. The concept is basically buried wood and brush with lots of soil on top. You can build them above ground or in the ground, although above will provide more benefit space-wise as it adds texture to the land and gives you more growing area.


There are some varieties of wood that one shouldn't use such as pine or redwood as they have natural preservatives in them and wont decompose right. Others are toxic and will leach their toxic gick out into the soil. It just takes a bit of research and most woods work fine and the fresher the better.


For information check out Pauls post on the subject over at

appropedia wiki post

forum at permies

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