Travis Philp wrote:
Beware if trying this method in an area with field bind weed as I've seen it come back with a vengeance and take over whole woodchipped areas
are we actinf in a PC manner when we drastically alter the existing soil chemistries in favor of our man-made plants? If this type of culture is sought after and inhibits or damages local species, are we still acting in the best interests of the local ecosystem?
If the premise is to use native plants that thrive in these soils as the basis for the plant guilds, rather than shoehorn our more familiar crops into a shoe that doesn't fit well at all, then Paul C's methodology is likely unnecessary. But if we are trying to get to a place where we can grow corn and cabbage, we have more work to do to that soil than simply piling wood chips...
If the premise is to use native plants that thrive in these soils as the basis for the plant guilds, rather than shoehorn our more familiar crops into a shoe that doesn't fit well at all
Taiga soils are almost completely fungally dominant, literally in the high 90%.
I propose adding a step before the mulch application and even before the canopy tree planting if possible. Basically using a chicken/duck/pig or cardboard tractor system to clear the area of vegetation, - Travis Philip
field bind weed…with a thick cardboard layer under the mulch. before the project, I didn't notice any bindweed in evidence. a year later, bindweed was about all I noticed. –tel/Travis Philip
I am pretty certain someone else can come up with a more productive method without the amount of material and physical inputs you are suggesting. –shamanmonkey
unnessecary external input that violates the idea of growing within an advanced polyculture - a fundamental permacultural technique that would take pages to fully extrapolate on. You then state your need 2 YEARS of intensive "proactive" tinkering to "control any species that would undermine long term goals" –shamanmonkey
Are you honestly suggesting I spend my labor and money wiping out all native life in the exisiting zone 2 area with a very specific and possibly costly material input and THEN persist in picking and choosing what life does and does not get to exist in my zone 2 area --Shamanmonkey