Water Retaining Gardening – Hoogaculture

Well, I think that’s how it’s spelled, but either way here’s what it is and how it can help you.

Have you ever had a garden that just kept drying out and dying off?  Not enough water retention in the soil? Try this out:

  • Dig a hole where you plan to garden and dig it pretty deep.  Say 4 to 5 feet deep if you can.
  • Throw logs into the hole, filling it about half way. 
  • Fill the dirt back in and fill the hole

I know this sounds like a crazy thing to do, but follow me here.  When you put your plants in the ground and water them the first time, make sure you give them lots of water.  The water will seep into the ground and permeate the logs.  The logs act as a sponge and will slowly release water back into the soil as the ground dries.

But what happens when the wood breaks down and rots?  Well, for about the first year, the logs will break down, taking a lot of the nitrogen from the soil, so plant things that add nitrogen to the soil like beans.  Stay away from nitrogen hogs like corn.

The next year, the wood will still be there and will still act as a sponge, but it won’t deplete the nitrogen in the soil so you can grow pretty much anything there.

You won’t have to water it as often as the wood keeps a steady flow of water back into the soil until it dries out and you should see deeper root systems and more lush vegetation.

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