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Ken Hammarlund points to logs, which are the foundation for the “hugelbed” form of compost gardening. Jamie Lund/

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A new old gardening style is coming to the area.

The “hugelkultur” is a German system of gardening that translates loosely to “hill culture” and has been around for centuries.


Essentially it is a hill or berm made of compost piled onto logs or wood. However, all wood is not created equal and does not rot the same. Poplar, birch and maple will work well, but cedar and several others will not.

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