Ken Miller wrote:Last fall I laid down wood chips on several beds. Where I planted garlic, it's coming up strong and looking better than in past seasons. There is good research conducted at Laval University in Canada on this subject. There are folks here on Permies who have been using chips for several years with good results and have not had the problems with nitrogen depletion. The information I have read, and more interesting, is my visit to Paul's place who was in the video. He has never had any nitrogen problem. Google his name and look at the videos, he explains so much about what he is doing. Makes sense, follow nature.
Here is a link that may be of help.
Chris Kott wrote: interesting amorphous yellow fungus spreading across the ground, and my potatoes died.
Thomas Partridge wrote:While I am not Chris I will go ahead and reply with my opinion (please take with a grain of salt as that I am not expert).
Fresh mulch should probably never touch seedlings. They are very vulnerable to fungal infections and one of the tasks of mulch is to prevent things from growing from underneath it.
That being said, keep in mind that mushrooms are like fungal flowers so if you have them pop up that means the mycelium is well distributed. That is very good because that will pull nutrients from the ground underneath to the various layers of soil. Every time we see a fungal bloom we almost have a party - to us that means we are doing something right.
E. Exner wrote:
Gord Day wrote:I have a cpl truckloads of coniferous wood chips and needles.. my assumtion is they are very acidic.. even tho they are 2-3 yrs old.. I also have a huge truckload of deciduous wood chips that are only 1 yr old. I,m figgering that being 1 yr old, thier thirst for nitrogen has all but been abated? I will make raised beds with the deciduous chips (combined with manure) and use the coniferous for the walkways.
I would appreciate input on this as it will be my first attempt.. I will also use forest humus, but dont whether to use it as the top "soil" or incorporate/mix it into the deciduous chips.. most of my crops will be shrubs and small trees but i will plant a few veggies. being raised beds I can manipulate each bed and compare findings.
cheers from, northern ont
I'm new to permies and to hugelculture. I have talked with several people and they all say sounds like a good thing but all they have is pine, so this has been a burning question. I was hoping someone could elaborate more on the above question. It didn't seem to be answered and I'm very curious, especially since I used mostly an evergreen bush in my first hugelculture bed. All seems well but I also put cardboard between the soil and the wood. Don't ask why...it seemed like a good idea at the time. All that digging and moving of wood made me really tired so I don't think I was thinking.