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Hugelbed Workshop 5-6 November, Sweden

Come to our Hugelbed Workshop, and learn how to build a green mountain of food.

This year we made an incredibly successful test hugelbed in our garden. This special kind of raised bed consists of large amounts of rotting wood, covered with manure, turf, soil, compost, manure, and straw. At the bottom of the page you’ll find links towards three videos showing how we built the bed, and how it developed from a flat piece of grass into a moutain of food.

Built up out of those layers means that it requires very little or no watering and feeding for years to come. See this Richsoil page for much more information.

We then took 40-50 different kinds of seeds, and broadcast them over the surface and watered them in. The first image shows what it looked like about two months later: an explosion of very diverse food.

Once this 13 meter long bed got going, it provided easily enough food for us as a household, without even showing that we were harvesting. Imagine how many more it can feed, and imagine how many more can be fed once we have a few hundred meters of these beds on our 4 hectare meadow.

Workshop Program

During this two day workshop we’ll work on all the steps required to make a hugelbed from very start to finish. You’ll know exactly how to make one by the end of the weekend.

We’ll start with a quick look at the already established bed in the garden. Then we’ll move on to a freshly started one on the meadow. Here, all the separate steps and layers will be plainly visible.

Then we’ll finally get our hands dirty and work on all these steps in turn to extend the bed as much further as we can during two days of work.

We will also talk about the special homemade compost we use for on the beds. We make it using the Berkeley method, making it possible to make large amounts of compost in about three weeks.

Logistics for the Hugelbed Workshop

We have space for about five people to spend the night in our accommodation. Those interested in this option should contact us ASAP to ensure a bed. Others, if they are hardy enough, can camp.

Planning this for early November is slightly risky. It’s always possible that there will be snow already, and that the ground will be frozen. But even then we’ll be able to add layers. It’ll just be a bit slower. Doing it well in advance of the next growing season does mean that the bed can settle and start composting inside a bit before plants get going on it.

Costs

*For attending both days without accommodation or if you’re camping: SEK100 for two meals (lunch and dinner) and coffee/tea etc.
*If you want to stay in our B&B or guest cabin for one night, it’s an additional SEK150.

So who’s up for a bit of digging and dragging and shoveling?

Warm waterproof clothing and wellies required!

Sign up for the hugelbed workshop on our Facebook Event page, or send us a message: arthur [at] tva-ekar-gard.org

Hugelbed hidden by growing plants

You can’t see the hugelbed for the food growing on it. This is what you’ll learn to build during our Hugelbed Workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Harvest from the Hugelbed.

A daily harvest like this, which is way too much for two or three, does not make a visible dent in the amount of available food on the bed.

 

 

Steaming Compost Pile

We’ll take some time to look into how you can make 1,000 liters of living compost in about 3 weeks!

 

 

Deep in Shit (compost building)

Getting our hands dirty for clean food. This shows us preparing about 2,500 liters of compost especially for the hugelbed we’ll start working on during the workshop.

 

 

The Self Catering Cabin.

Optional accommodation for those staying the night. 

 

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