Brenda Groth wrote: they use cedar bedding for their horses and then there is the straw and hay in the mix as well as the horse manure..and it is some of the sweetest smelling most lovely compost you could get.
I don't think all wood is fine in compost.
I once had the "opportunity" of getting all the 50 year old sawdust I wanted from an old saw mill.
I hauled loads and loads of it. It turned out to be walnut and it poisoned the soil. It killed plants like lilies and was just plain poison. Not good.
The names woods are marketed under can be misleading and confusing. Just in the name of accuracy:
The kind of cedar that some people say may be toxic is the kind used for shavings, which is Eastern Red Cedar, or Aromatic Cedar. It's actually not a cedar, it's a juniper - Juniperus virginiana.
Phil Swindler wrote:Thanks for the info.
I've been pondering what yard trimmings to bury in my raised beds/huglekulture mounds.
I think I'll avoid the evergreen branches.
Can I add grape vine trimmings?
How long should I let them dry out first?
Do I need to make sure they are dead before putting them in?
As far as the cedar - if I made into bio-char to add to the garden soil - would that destroy enough of the aleopathic compounds?
Kc Simmons wrote:But, anyway, the last couple loads of wood chips I was able to get had quite a bit of ERC mixed in (probably half, or more, with the rest being a mix of oak, elm & other's). Since there was needles mixed in, I assume it was ramiel wood. Since it was all I had, I used the chips to lay an 8-10" layer of mulch on the garden for winter, and noticed the fungus working on it most of the winter, so it's now about 3-5" in most places.
To get to the point (finally, lol), will the remaining mulch, or the compounds of the already broken down chips in the soil hurt my planting this spring? I'm a bit worried after reading this thread. I did rake the larger mulch pieces away from the planting spots a few weeks ago, but I was planning on digging pockets in the finer stuff still on the beds, filling with a scoop of soil, then seeding in that. Do you think that would work okay?