Hugelkultur Bed Construction for Large and Small Spaces


Learn how to construct two different types of Hügelkultur raised beds which will allow you to compost all those heavy branches, tree trunks and woody prunings while at the same time improving the fertility and water retention of your soil.

The first design is a traditional Hügelkultur bed for those people with big gardens and lots of space, but as an added bonus for urban gardeners, I’ve just invented a  New No-Dig Style Micro-Scale Hugelkultur system that only takes a few minutes and works in the smallest of spaces!

See the full article Hugelkultur Bed Construction for details.



  1. Another great article with timely reminders to assimilate the system into your region/zone/climate. It’s nice to hear others doing this. I’ve been making these for quite a while in both Illinois (USA) and Florida. We just called them berms – with the logs at the bottom, and the other layers on top. Then a bit of soil and plant some perennials so the neighbors would like it.

    In Illinois, they remained more elevated and lasted years. In Florida, with the heat & rain, a 3 foot tall Hügelkultur bed (our berms) are about 1 foot tall after 1 year, and are GONE in 2…. Not quite as sustainable, but a great solution for keeping natural material onsite (such as when pruning limbs and branches) in a suburban setting.

    Gosh – I guess it’s time to get back out there, and start pruning 🙂 Thanks again for the article!


    1. In Illinois, we used them in our yard to add space, so to speak – by adding vertical space (very flat in northern IL), and to catch the spring sun earlier. The berms warmed up more quickly than the surrounding soils.

      In Florida, we used them in conjunction with our pure sandy soils (coastal area), to add hummus and organic material where plants would thrive. The hummus also acts as a way to hold moisture. We get plenty of rainfall in Florida, but the sandy soils drain within hours, so the water is typically not readily available to shorter-rooted annuals, vegetables & some of the perennials.


  2. I did a modified raised bed out of bamboo, actually 4 of them for the local school I work with in Jamaica and you can see the amazing produce with no chemicals. It is changing the way the local people are seeing food production.


  3. Thank you both for sharing your comments, it’s great to hear other gardeners experience around the world in different climates!


  4. Hi there, I’m really interested by this type of garden bed, but I’ve always had one worry.

    Ants. We,ve got a few here really interested by rotting wood. Yet, in that type of garden bed, I intend to dig a trench, burry the wood and compost so that the garden is only slightly raised… so the wood would be pretty deep. Would it cause ant problem because of the rotting wood or would there be no prob because it’s deep?


    1. I’m not sure if you mean regular ants or ‘white ants’ as in termites which eat wood, including timber buildings?

      Regular ants like dry areas to live, so just like a compost pile, if it’s moist, they will find elsewhere to live.


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