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I have access to a bunch of alder chippings. Is there any reason why it would be harmful to add into my hugulkultur as compost, possibly mixed with chicken or rabbitt droppings? thanks!

 
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The traditional downside of woodchips(especially fresh ones) is that the increased surface area allows them to decompose faster, and this causes them to rob the surrounding area of nitrogen for a while.

The key would be to use lots of manure/nitrogen sources to counter this; if you're doing this in a hugel, that infill space that the woodchips will be taking should otherwise have been full of these things anyhow.

As best I recall, while Alder is a nitrogen fixer, most of that would be in the roots and leave rather than the woody part, but I could be mistaken.

A hugel of woodchips also wouldn't last nearly as long, as the woodchips, especially fast-rotting alder, will decompose much faster than logs... but it sounds like this would be in addition to larger wood?

 
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it would be an addition, mainly going on top with some animal droppings to mix with the soil.
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