If you're deep into permaculture you know about Hugelkultur. If Hugelkultur makes you say, Who?, then say hello to an easy composting method. Hugelkultur (HOO-gull-cull-toor) is a German word for building a new garden area with branches or even trees as the base. It's sometimes referred to as wood composting. The area can be any shape, and it can be a low or steep mound. Organic waste is layered on top of the branches, and a cover crop or plants make the top layer. Similar to sheet mulching or a traditional compost pile, the Hugelkultur mound will heat up (but not as much as a compost pile) and for a few years this can make it a season-lengthening spot for growing tender vegetables. As the wood breaks down the temperature will drop, and air pockets will take the place of some of the lost wood. This mixture of soil organisms, oxygen, and moisture will create superb soil.