What Happens When You Bury Logs in the Veggie Garden Raised Bed?

What Happens When You Bury Logs in the Veggie Garden Raised Bed?

In this video, I show what happens to logs and wood buried in the vegetable garden after 4 years as a Hugelkultur raised bed.

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50 Comments

  1. Geodesic Interpolation on July 13, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    I am just starting with H culture for my raised beds…mainly because I couldn’t get enough soil/compost! I also line the bottom of my compost piles with logs because I get the sense that all the fresh waste helps them really break down nicely. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘

  2. Ouchchen Ouchchen on July 13, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Except roots, nature put organic materials on the floor, not into the soil.

  3. Notnyl Dier on July 13, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Crickey, its the veggie hunter ..

  4. Lynn Gagnon on July 13, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    This was so much work, but thank you for showing us what goes on underneath the surface. I’m always curious, but I have no reason to dig my beds up – I would have never imagined that the logs got this spoungy in such a short amount of time. Wonderful to see – thank you!

  5. TZAZ Arizona on July 13, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    You get termites.

  6. XO.K made on July 13, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    This is really cool….definitely my type of gardening….thank you so much….๐Ÿฅฐ as a novice novice of anything gardening its soooo helpful!!

  7. Kent Byron on July 13, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Faster decomposition of wood and yield of more food can be obtained by adding a layer of Winecap straphoria mushroom spawn sawdust on top of the well-watered wood before covering with soil. The mycelium will reach upwards from the wood and soil and give you delicious edible mushrooms alongside your delightful vegetables, and some of these mushrooms will peek out of the ground where your container boundaries end as well. Gratitude for your educational channel. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  8. Christopher Hancock on July 13, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I have seen a lot of people putting cardboard down before the sticks and logs, I am not sure why for this method seems to me to contradict this idea.

  9. ๐ŸŽ—๏ธMTS: Multiple Tank Syndrome on July 13, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Did you think about sprinkling some sand in, for the worms to use as grit, to wear down the logs, as they wiggle around? Not a ton, just a bit.

  10. Michael Lautermilch on July 13, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Are you a freemason?

  11. Master Technician on July 13, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Let’s come back to it in 30 years. may be all that wood will be de composed by then.

  12. Adam Dahlberg on July 13, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    I know this video is 2 years old, in 2020 I watched this video and put some logs from a fallen tree into my raised beds (x2) Worked great, loved the video then and still love the video now. great info. Helps with watering too.

  13. Mary Oliver on July 13, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    I agree very helpful information! Thank you again for your dedication to explaining! So many ways that we can accomplish good fill! MO, Bridgeport, NY

  14. Sweet J on July 13, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you Australian Alex Jones

  15. Michael Downey on July 13, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Have you tried sprinkling a little potassium nitrate granules over the wood, before burying it. Itโ€™s a great oxidizer and nitrogen source. It really helps break the wood down and releases nitrogen and potassium into the soil as itโ€™s oxidizing the wood.

  16. Irene R on July 13, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I’m new to the channel (and even newer to gardening) and I’m so glad I found it. Has the feeling of getting advice from your favorite uncle that wants you to thrive and has so much fun while teaching you

  17. user09123847 on July 13, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    I wanted to see what it looked like after time passed. Thank you!

  18. Oliver Duke on July 13, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    how science is supposed to be done

  19. digz cornwall on July 13, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Side note the old Redgum posts haven’t moved in the slightest in that time. Those plastic ones are terrible. Hope the new ones you put in go well.๐Ÿ‘

  20. Michael Van Gulik on July 13, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Great work, do you ever pay for dirt?

  21. digz cornwall on July 13, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Made a raised bed with Redgum posts from and old fence. Had to cut them to size and threw the offcuts in the bottom of the bed. I didn’t put any other debris in as I was only trying to fill it up a bit. 9 yrs later I still accidentally hit them every time I turn the soil over. They are as hard as the day they went in. Might dig it out this year and put litter in there. Didn’t know of this technique. Thanks.

  22. My Peep's on July 13, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    I started burying logs in my garden 10 years ago !
    I have fantastic soil now ๐Ÿฅ

  23. Robert Wilson on July 13, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    I live in Tucson Arizona and I have heaps of mesquite wood would that be OK to use at the bottom of a raised garden bed

  24. Yvette Mari Robles on July 13, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    what are wood roaches? sincere question.

  25. C Wit on July 13, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    I’m very interested to know where you got those beds!??

  26. Steven's Dad on July 13, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Raspberries tend to grow very well on a half buried wood pile.

  27. CogScript Code on July 13, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    This was really interesting to see man thanks for the dedication!

  28. Brian Sessums on July 13, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    The heebeegeebees in Australia is only logical

  29. James Tricker on July 13, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    Have you considered a cornish shovel? It might be easier on the back

  30. Deborah Grantham on July 13, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    I put logs in my raised beds because of you

  31. wylie4440 on July 13, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    Yeah, you broke down that one ecosystem, but those big spongy logs are great inoculators for new beds now. Distribute a few of them among a load of fresh log chunks in the next bed(s) and you’ll vastly speed up the soil-amendment characteristics you want out of the logs overall. Maybe setup a specific log culturing pile, sort of a raised bed situation but without soil, just bury them in leaves and such, for inoculating new beds on a regular schedule. Then you have a source of spongy logs without wrecking any existing beds.

  32. jMo on July 13, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    thank you very much for showing us this. I’m very surprised the wood hasn’t decomposed more.

  33. Keith Champion on July 13, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Great video… Was always curious what it looked like after a few years.

  34. Diane Lacy on July 14, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Really enjoying your videos, learning a lot. I’ve recently timbered a number of old growth cedar and fir trees; I’m having the hi-quality logs milled for lumber; there are other logs with the heart rotting out and I’ve set them aside to try a hugelkulter (HK) approach. But doesn’t the decomposition process take out the available nitrogen? Meaning does an HK need to be fertilized differently? I also have a number of old lumbered trees on my property that are probably 10+ years into rotting, would those be better to use? I live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, USA on the eastern side of the Olympic rainforest.

  35. Pedro Cortez on July 14, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Thank you for the knowledge you pass on. Im a fan

  36. D Lighted on July 14, 2022 at 12:06 am

    "A bit freaky when they start crawling up your leg though." ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you,container gardening is my passion and challenge. Filling five gallon containers with decent soil is one of those challenges. I have been using brown leaves and grass clippings. Great but the supply only goes so far. Now I have more resources. ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Jay G on July 14, 2022 at 12:06 am

    I install similar sized and sometimes taller planter boxes using pressure treated fence post set about eighteen to twenty inches in the ground. As a fence contractor I never have thought to do the corners and mid supports any other way. For longer planters I will set the center mid posts 24" or more in the ground with concrete.

    Do you put a wire mesh at the bottom for gopher proofing? It is essential in California.

  38. Ian N on July 14, 2022 at 12:06 am

    What about attracting termites? I want to do this kind of bed, but a have a termite concern

  39. Sharon McCammon on July 14, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Why don’t you use large rocks, no decay. The broken rotted wood is good for compost isn’t it?

  40. Joydeep Roy on July 14, 2022 at 12:08 am

    Break down rate over ground will be not much different for those logs

  41. Catie Power on July 14, 2022 at 12:12 am

    I did all of my raised beds this year with this method. Garden production has been amazing this year and I canโ€™t wait to see what next year brings. I love the fact that all I need to do is to top it off with a mix of compost and soil next spring. Iโ€™m adding 6 new beds for next year and will be starting them all like this. Iโ€™m starting them early so the summer/fall/winter can do itโ€™s thing on them before I top them off with chicken compost and soil for planting.

  42. April Lindquist on July 14, 2022 at 12:12 am

    You get mushrooms

  43. Senatic on July 14, 2022 at 12:16 am

    Here I am, watching this video, I don’t even own a house. I live in an apartment. Guess that’s how frikking cool this is.

  44. Jeremy Broshear on July 14, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Great video, thanks brother. Iโ€™m a carpenter and have loads of wood scrap, gonna have to try this

  45. Cheeba Cheeo on July 14, 2022 at 12:18 am

    5:57 LOL it’s rare to see a grown up man being so thrilled from rotting wood ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ

  46. Paul Betka on July 14, 2022 at 12:18 am

    . Interesting ๐Ÿค”

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  48. Elizabeth A on July 14, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Thanks a lot for this video its great. I made a little raised bed and used wood stain to paint on the outside of the logs I used to make a perimeter around the dirt. So im afraid to put veggies in there.

  49. myguitardidyermom212 on July 14, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Jigga Ma sounds like a 90s female rapper

  50. Cesar Valencia on July 14, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Great video! Very informative…thank you !

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