Over forty years ago, along the north side of our garden, hubby’s family dumped tree trunks and covering them with rough stone filled sod. It now stands around four feet high, with well established trees, shrubs and native plants in it. Some might call it a simple Hugal bank or perhaps Hugelkultur pronounced “Hoo-gul-culture” meaning culture or hill mound. Whatever it’s gonna be called, it’s a valuable barrier from the cold air flowing down from the field above in the north, from water during heavy rainfall leading to soil erosion. The phrase permaculture didn’t arrive until the late 70’s, but this permanent looking ecologically sound hugal bank, is a sure sign of what permaculture stands for, with its carbon sequestration. I’m sure there’s future archaeology to be found in there too, from my hubby’s childhood, his siblings and our children who played on it also. So far I’ve found plenty of plastic toys, parts of clothes pegs, once some WW2 shells and an actual spent out land mine!
- It would be a bad idea if you live in the northern hemisphere, to build a hugal bank on the south side of a plot of land, as it would trap the cold air during the winter months.
- Sod means about a spade full of soil.