One of the strengths of hugelkultur is its ability to catch the water while things are moist, and retain it for later (kind of like a wetland does!)
This is the lake that naturally formed from snowmelt, at the base of our driveway next to the garden. How convenient...
All it took was gravity and one 6 foot length of pipe to span from the garden's edge to the closest hugelkultur bed in the making.
A pile of vertical spruce wood, leaves and manure is a sponge waiting in the wings.
The melt water enters the pipe from the temporary lake...
...and the water exits right where I need it. The plastic under the pipe helps disperse the water as it enters the hugel-bed. This is the time of year to recharge the beds, to be ready for the dog days of summer! It's hard to imagine the heat of summer right now, but it is coming... Catching some of the water that flows so freely now is akin to making hay while the sun shines.
Does water collect where you live, in a place where you can capture some of it?
If so, I'd love to hear about what you are doing to catch melt and rain water.