An innovative design to integrate storm water management and community revitalization. This ‘parklet’ features a hugelkultur as the backing to a stone bench within a community garden. The other side of the berm is used as an herb garden by a local culinary group.
A hugelkultur is beneficial due to the decomposing wood debris at the core of the structure. It creates pockets of air, generates heat and puts nutrients back into the soil. Rain water is stored by this wood for extended periods of time. A hugelkultur can potentially sustain itself once established; except for periods of drought.
It creates a perfect growing spot, needing little maintenance, in a place previously inadequate for plant growth.