Ain't that the truth! I have a big heap of wood chips that the local arborist dropped off at my place and I meant to get around to smothering a large patch of hawkweed with but I didn't get to that project. The hawkweed didn't wait for me, and promptly seeded into the pile of chips.
If you wait, nature will plant it for you.
You are ready to go at this point; no need at all to wait two years. Counter productive to wait, as in the first quote in this post.
old garden site with very rich soil. Hasn't been used for 10 years.
I will add 5 in. of well rotted manure.
Then top it off with 5 in. of wood chips
I wouldn't do this. The manure is much more effective on the soil surface. Mixing it would have the wood chips draw all the nutrients out of the manure to compost it. Depends what you want; it would create soil, but it would reduce your mulch's weed suppression potential.
I'd mix the wood chips and manure
If it's well rotted this shouldn't matter at all, and even if it isn't, so long as the manure is pushed aside and not touching your plant stems, it should not be a problem at all.
You might try just a little manure on some of it so you can get to growing something fairly soon.
Yes, a bag of field peas or something like that is very inexpensive and can provide a massive blast of goodness to your system.
Plant something, a bag of beans or something. Not for a food harvest, but for more biomass and soil enrichment. And it's fun!
Black eyed peas or sweet potatoes, or sunflowers maybe?
My mother insists they're good to go immediately.
I say don't wait to plant.
I also think you can plant in the sheet mulch
hmmmm seems to be a bit of a consensus here!
squash or melons, or other big-seeded things. No need to wait!
Yes! This is what I would do, if the 10 year sod on the old garden is tenacious.
Just dig a little hole in the chips and manure, fill with a shovelful of dirt, and plant in that.