I want to Hugel, but I have only pine, can I do this?

k2pnwJuly 17, 2013

I just moved to the panhandle of ID to start my farm. I would like to use Hugel here but the only available trees/ wood here is pine. I had heard that this will cause the decomposition to move very slow and that the tanins may be harmful.
Has anyone done hugel with pine?

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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

It's not the ideal wood, but it will work. Pine bark is considered great material for potting mixes.

Things compost fairly fast in FL between warm temps and abundant rainfall, so I doubt you will have problems. Add plenty of nitrogen (manure, urine, grass clippings & kitchen waste) and you are off to the races. The usual problem in FL isn't getting things to break down - it's preventing that fertility from washing away.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 2:24AM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

oh, wait, you said panhandle of ID, not FL... different story...

You're screwed. No, just kidding.

It'll still break down, just slower. Soaking the hugel with water will go a long way towards making sure it is breaking down.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 2:27AM
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