I think I would put the wood chips below the compost as wood will break down by the use of fungi and have a better ability to reach moisture using an extensive web. The compost is mostly bacteria and may be most beneficial to the plants root system in useful nutrients and nitrogen fixation. Just my 2 cents.
Jack La Fey wrote:Are there constraints on the kinds of fruits and vegetables I can grow at this 6,000ft altitude? I'm also unsure if the native plants will complicate the soil preparation. I have Gamble Oak, Pinion, Ponderosa Pine, Rabbit Brush and a slew of delightful cacti. Are any of these incompatible with conventional food crops? I have sandy loam soil that I aim to cover with compost, then wood chips. Is there anything further I might do?