I desire to garden and specifically raise vegetables for the duration of my life. I recognize that someday I will not be able to do that in my current large garden. Hence, this experiment to determine the feasibility of Hugelkulture in containers. Two control plants and two hugelkulture plants in the same soil (Celebrity tomato in one container and jalapeno pepper in the other) will be the basis of this experiment. Produce weights and growing cycle will be compared.
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And so it begins:
1) the containers used are old cattle protein tubs with drainage holes added. Cost: Zero, utilization of existing material
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2) one of the beauties of this approach is material is generally free and readily available. Wood debris material for the first layer. Cost zero, making something out of nothing
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3) This material is easily broken up and added to the containers as the first (bottom) layer. Zero cost
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4) the second layer is power company provided free tree mulch. Zero cost.
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5) the third and final layer will be added just prior to planting using the identical garden soil of the control plants and setting in close proximity. Depending on weather, it could be another couple of weeks before the weather enables. Stay tuned.
Summary: zero cost, less than 45 minutes of my time.