My backyard Hugelkultur garden: What if I told you, that you can make a garden that never needs to be watered for 20 years? Well this is it. You bury logs underneath your garden and the wood acts like a sponge and soaks up the water when it rains and stays moist until the next rain. This slowly breaks down over 20 years and then you have some amazing soil. The first year is not supposed to be so great as the wood (carbon) steals nitrogen (plant food) from the plants in an effort to compost itself. I had a great first season but I cheated with Aquaponics water (check out my backyard aquaponics). When it rains, my nearby Aquaponics system overflows into a ditch which leads to my Hugelkultur.
Suburban Permaculture 20 miles from Washington DC