Show and Tell at Mike and Molly’s House | A Cure for my Unsightly Piles!

True confession time.  I’ve got piles.  Had them for years.  Seems like every time I get rid of one another pops up!

Molly: Are you sure you want to be sharing your condition on the internet hon?

Mike: It’s OK we’re amongst friends.

It’s not pretty but it’s also nothing to be embarrassed of either.  This week I finally found a cure for my piles and it’s all natural to boot!

Apparently Germans have problems with piles too because this is a German technique called hugelkultur. (hoogle culture) to us Americans.  I figure if I really apply myself I could be rid of my piles for good in a couple of years.  It’s really pretty easy all you do is…

Molly: OK, really?  You’re really going to go there?

Mike: People want to know!  What if they have piles they need to get rid of?

Anyhow, as I said it’s all natural and you…

Molly: (cough) TMI!!!

Mike:  What !?  You’ve been bugging me to get rid of my brush piles for years?

Molly: Brush piles?…..Oh..I thought you….Never mind, carry on.


Hugelkultur is essentially a matter of burying a bunch of wood in the ground under your garden bed or simply making a big pile of logs and brush and covering it up with soil.  The wood acts like a giant sponge and holds water in the pile.  You plant veggies on the pile and according to the claims I’m reading you don’t even need to water them.  It sounds a little too good to be true but I’m going to give it a shot.  I’ll do a test bed this year and if it even sorta works I’ll go to town burying all the brush and dead wood on our property.

This short movie of building a hugelkultur bed is from Paul Wheaton’s site:  He has a great article that goes into detail how to do it and why it works.  He also hosts which is a great forum on all things permaculture.

Thanks to SoonerAviator over at Instructables for turning me on to Permies and hugelkultur.

And now…

My unsightly piles.

Brush piles to the east

Brush piles to the east

Scattered branches that need piling

Scattered branches that need piling

Brush pile behind scrapwood

Brush pile behind scrap wood

The mother of all piles 30' x 8' and growing

The mother of all piles 30' x 8' and growing

A portion of the brush piles to the north of the garden

A portion of the brush piles to the north of the garden

This one is even bigger than the Mother it fills a whole ravine

This one is even bigger than the Mother it fills a whole ravine

Brush pile below the greenhouse (to be)

Brush pile below the greenhouse (to be)

You know deep down you wanted to see them….

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