Most people will find that this approach to gardening requires a significant amount of work up front. It’s true. You will certainly invest far more effort up front executing this technique over simply tilling your soil. However, the benefits far outweigh any aches and pains at the start. You will end up with a garden that is far healthier, far more integrated, and far more draught resistant. It encourages deep root systems, while also requiring less water, as it is great with moisture retention.
Growing up, this was just how we did it. Year after year, I got a great workout building the garden for the season, and throughout the summer, yielding far more vegetables than our 5 member family could consume. We kept the tradition alive by sharing our surplus bounty with friends and family, offering baskets of cucumber, onion, watermelon, green beans, and corn. It has been fun building my own Hugelkultur, and it’s exciting to see such great early results.
I have also tilled and plowed, but this approach has always proven itself. Each to his/her own. Start a garden. Grow your own food. Grow freedom and stability. Grow certainty!