Last fall we decided to convert part of a garden bed into a low hugelkultur bed to see how it would work for us. To compare we prepared the bed right next to it using a rototiller. In both beds we used the same mix of soil amendments and we planted the exact same varieties in the same configuration. They are also hooked up to the same water line. So other than one being a hugel and the other being tilled, they are, for all intents and purposes, exactly the same.
The season is still fairly early but I’m already seeing some differences.
Of the squash plants that germinated at about the same time, the ones in the tilled bed are bigger and more vigorous.
The season has just started and production hasn’t even started yet and that will be the real test to determine which bed works the best.