Jennifer Who wrote:
1. just spread the chips on the surface and let nature take it course
Nina Wright wrote:In my second year of gardening in this old lawn site, I used logs as the side for raised beds and topped the beds with some manure compost then a few inches of wood chips. This year, the pill bugs and earwigs decimate all seedlings. That wasn't a problem last year, before the wood chips.
I had to replant everything, starting it all indoors. I have a friend who drinks a lot of soda, so I use the 2-liter bottles as tubes to keep the pill bugs out and slow down the earwigs from discovering the plants until they get bigger.
Nina Wright wrote:If the wood chips of trees that are listed as allelopathic are actually OK, how about using those logs for hugelkultur?
I have lots of elm logs that I was thinking that I should not use for hugelkultur.
Jane Reed wrote:I’m glad this post was revived. It reminds me to lay on more chips. Sheesh! 4 inches. I was content with 2” but I’ll bump it up. I have the chips to do it but I have to hand carry them in 5-gallon buckets.
I have a fairly young garden and am in a Mediterranean type of climate. I don’t notice much composting at the soil surface. I suppose over time it will become more apparent? But I AM sure the chips are helping hold in moisture, else half my plants would suffer badly from the combined heat and dryness (101 degrees F. and 3 percent humidity yesterday).
Trace Oswald wrote:
Marco Banks wrote:
The only caution I would add is that when they sit in a pile for any length of time, fresh chips with lots of leaves and moisture in them tend to get moldy. I've grown pretty sensitive to breathing those mold spores the more I've been exposed to them.
This is no small thing, and thank you for pointing it out to people that may not know. I'm a huge advocate of using wood chips, but i made myself very sick a couple times before i realized it was the mold in the wood chips that caused it. Both times I got a very high fever and was miserable for a couple days. After that, I became extremely sensitive to the mold in chips. At this point, if I load wood chips that aren't freshly chipped, i wear a respirator. Please everyone, heed Marco's excellent advice and take proper precautions if you move chips that have been sitting, especially if they are actively steaming.
Joe Grand wrote:There are easier, better mulch than wood clips, less work & easier to find & use.
I had no reason to use wood clips, until I find out I could raise Mushrooms with them.
Mike Haasl wrote:Thanks for the info Bryant! Based on the square footage of the sheep sorrel invasion, there's no way I could put them all into containers. Imagine about a swimming pool sized area that's fully populated with it.
I'll take some pictures and run them past you (and the rest of the site) to verify it is what I think it is and to see how the roots look.
For now the missus will just leave them in the hopes that we won't need em :)
Juan Rivera wrote:Is there any type of wood chip that I should avoid if I am using them to create a filler for 2 foot tall raised beds? Living in Maine we get a lot of mixed coniferous and deciduous chips. Love the discussion, thank you
Leah Holder wrote:A small farmers stock yard scrapings from the years before. The pile had sat for 1-3 years and had no recognizable manure. It just looks/smells like good dirt?
Leah Holder wrote:Thank you for your reply. The chips were made from the entire tree, chipped hours prior to placement and probably a few days before planting. I do believe it’s a drift issue, but I can’t change my procedure until I rule everything else out. I appreciate you helping me do this. I’m really loving this forum.
Dennis Bangham wrote:would the presence of live earthworms be a sign that the manure is good for use?
Leah Holder wrote:... a little horse manure.
Mike Haasl wrote:Some of the new wonder herbicides can make it through an animal, get fully composted and then still kill your garden for a few years.