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

Posted by k2pnw Idaho (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 17, 13 at 22:30

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

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.

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

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.

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