What Are Hügels and Why Are They All Over Instagram?
April 19, 2017
There’s no shortage of cannabis porn on Instagram—epic dab videos, grow room glamour shots, heavily edited close-ups of frosty buds, more glass than you can shake a Bic at. But a humbler trend began this month when outdoor cannabis growers began posting photos of what look like, well, carefully constructed piles of dirt.
Hügels reduce water use and help build healthy, biodynamic soil.
To build a hügel, first you dig a trench. Then you fill it with biomass—stuff like small logs, branches, grass clippings, leaves, or other compostable material. Cover the hügel with a layer of rich topsoil.
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The #ShowMeYourHugel trend started earlier this month, after the Living Soils Symposium. It’s a conference focused on soil-grown cannabis, emphasizing biodynamic growing methods and soil regeneration. (Cannabis can be good for the environment!)