Eric Hanson wrote: But the “chips” are so dark and crumbly that they look more like coffee grounds than woodchips. They smell and feel like a good potting mix.
Thanks much for the input James, I think what I am doing dovetails nicely with your project of making the perfect garden soil.
Eric Hanson wrote: However, I do have a goal for my beds and that goal is eventually needing no external sources of fertility. I would like for all of my fertility to be both free and originate from my own land.
One thing I've come to realize, at least for my garden, is there's no finish line. I'll never get to a perfect soil and stop nurturing it and then continually plant and harvest food from it. I'll always be mulching and adding fertility back to the soil as long as I live.