In my quest to improve my gardening skills, I am always searching for way to improve my garden. One day, while browsing the internet on how to grow bigger pumpkins, I stumbled upon a blog that was devoted to sustainability. One characteristic of sustainable gardening is that the goal is to use as few resources, ie materials or natural as possible. I was very intrigued by this, as I began to consider how much water that I use when I nourish my growing pumpkins. There was a video of a man in missoula that had thrown scraps of timber into the back area of his garden, and later covered the logs with topsoil from another project. This is where the man experienced a first penguin moment. That area of his garden was lusher and greener than any other area of his garden. When the commentator of the videolsaid “looks like you have a Hugelkultur garden here”…my interest was peaked.
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H UGEKULTUR … IT IS GOING TO BEHUGE !!!
D AVE B URCH ,C HIEF OF P LANNING AND D EVELOPMENT M ILWAUKEE C OUNTY PARKS
A BIT OF H ISTORY … Plantitforward Perennials- a seedling of an idea that was developed in Business Communication SharinLily- the idea of sharing Lilies with underfunded churches and non profits that have the desire but not the $$$$$ to landscape their properties. Consider the Lilies of the field and how they grow, the neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you , even Solomon in all of his glory was not clothed like one of these. Matthew 6 28-30
S O WHAT IS HUGELKULTUR ? And how the heck do you spell it? Hugelkultur is an ancient form of sheet composting developed in Eastern Europe. It uses woody wastes such as fallen logs and pruned branches in order to build soil fertility and improve drainage and moisture retention
S EPP H OLZER Sepp Holzer is the man largely responsible for taking Hugelkultur “mainstream”
HUGEL K ULTURE A type of gardening method developed in Europe to conserve water…
My Planning My Mentor’sPlanning 1 Definition of Problem or Need Goals and Objectives to solve the problem or need Agreements Conceptual Plan with Alternative Locations, Designs, Sizes Potential Sites Meeting and discussion with review and approval agencies Identify Political Process Refinement of Concept Plan and Budget Development Establish a Budget Presentation and preliminary approval from agencies with Environmental Components jurisdiction. Funding Plan Benefits Final design and plans Neighborhood Buy In Presentation and final approval from agencies with jurisdiction. Regulatory Permits Construction Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
I DENTIFY I SSUES /G OALS AND O BJECTIVES Environmental Issues Facing Humanity TO SOLVE THE Climate Change Energy PROBLEM OR Water NEED Biodiversity Chemicals, Toxics, and Heavy Metal Air Pollution Waste management Ozone Layer Depletion Oceans and Fisheries Deforestation
SWOT FOR S ITE / C O N C E P T U A L P L A N W I T H A LT E R N AT I V E L O C AT I O N S , D E S I G N S , S I Z E S Bender park Doggy Park Washington Park…Urban Ecology Center…The winner…. Established neighborhood buy-in Fledgling orchard
I DENTIFY THE P OLITICAL Dave’s Extensive List P ROCESS Meeting and discussion with review and approval agencies Refinement of Concept Plan and Budget Development Urban ecology Center…Willie and Mike Final design and plans Presentation and final approval from agencies with jurisdiction. Regulatory Permits
E ND R ESULTBeds that produceorganic berries fordecades orgenerations to come