So the weather is beautiful and I have finally gotten into the garden this spring. This weekend I planted peas into my wood chip compost, not so much for the peas, but rather for the nitrogen those peas will fix into my "soil."
At present, I have a bed of wood chips about 12" deep that I inoculated last spring with wine caps. Those wood chips are breaking down nicely and while I can still make out the basic shape of the individual chips, the chips are soft, moist, break easily and are riddled with wine cap mycelia. I want to plant some romaine lettuce and spinach for an early spring crop and I am looking for suggestions/input on just how to sow these tiny seeds. The chips are still fibrous enough that it would be difficult to make a little trench for planting the seeds. I have thought about digging a slightly larger trench and filling with a topsoil/manure mixture and then seed into that. Alternatively I could just sprinkle seeds into chips, rake lightly and see what comes up.
I suspect that while my wood chips by now will make a good planting medium, I do not think that it has enough nitrogen to really grow crops. I am leaning towards the trench filled with topsoil and then seeding into that, but I am open to suggestions. Alternatively, I could put the seeds into the chips and then cover with dilute urine.
I am sure that there are numerous options available, but I have never tried this before and I thought I would bounce the idea around before I plant which would probably be this weekend. If a picture would help, I can provide one.