Dan Boone wrote:What I did last year was spade a trench, about two shovels wide and about eight feet long, setting aside the sod and loosening the not-very-good native soil. Then I did a narrow sheet mulch (a foot or two wide) down each side of the trench, using small broken-down Amazon boxes and some thick cardboard "boards" that came as packaging in an appliance crate. On top of the boards I put some half-decomposed local/organic horse manure from my neighbor's horse. Then I seeded the trench thickly with okra seed, and covered the seed with about two inches of decomposed wood chips. I topped up the sheet mulches with the removed sod (upside down) and about six inches of fresher wood chip mulch. When the okra seedlings came up, I thinned them to about two inches apart, saving the most vigorous. Once the best ones were about six to ten inches high, I thinned them again, shooting for about eight inches between plants but fudging that a little bit if two really vigorous plants were closer than that. About that time I also mulched the row and around the seedlings with another couple inches of wood chips. They grew spectacularly (this is good okra country) and I got a thick hedge of productive okra plants.
Jennifer Lowery wrote:I would of never thought to use half decomposed manure and wood chips as growing medium. Always was told to use well composted manure and never to put wood chips in the soil.