I'm thinking about just having them dump the loads in this spot (so they are not piled up against or touching the tree's trunks).
There is lots of leaf matter in this stuff so it will hot compost for a while.. then I can let it sit there untill it breaks down enough to be planted in. I'm not sure how long that will take. A year? 5 years? I know this isn't huglekulture but it sounds like it can be an easy way to make a garden bed if I give it enough time and then, when I can, plant soil building cover crops in it..
Downsides, I'm thinking, is I would have no soil in there providing minerals.. it would be straight composted branch wood and leaf matter.. and it may take forever to be able to plant in it.
If this is a bad idea I have no shortage of needs for mulch.
As for colder climes, I will defer to the advertising caveat "your mileage may vary".
I wouldn't have thought they would hot compost either but I got my first load today.. 6 or 7 yards.. cut and shredded today.. tons of leaf and needle matter. it was steaming already when the dumped it! I stuck my arm in there a couple hours later and it's already a bit hotter than body temp. It's in the 60s and partly clowdy today.
I'm going to let it do its thing untill it cools down before I use any of this batch for anything.
I can't imagine that it would take 5 years for a pile of chips to break down unless they were totally dry.
What you can do to hasten their decomposition is inoculate them with healthy soil or compost, so that there is a microbial herd working on the pile. Better yet, if you have fungal dominated soil, get some of those fungi working on your pile. After the pile has been rained upon for a few days, mix in a couple of generous shovels of fungal soil down into the chips and then let them do their magic.
if this works this will be the easiest garden bed ive ever built.
If you can inoculate the pile with compost and/or soil --- just dump it on top and mix it in a bit, it will greatly increase the rate of decomposition. There will be microbes already in the pile, but adding more and feeding them a bit will make a big difference. What if you were to hollow-out the top of the pile a bit and make that your compost pile? All your banana peels, apple cores, coffee grounds and old french fries could be piled on top. At night, you could go out and take a leak on top of it when the neighbors aren't watching. That extra nitrogen and extra food source will leach down into the pile and hasten the microbial herd along.
patrick mort wrote:Did you happen to try to plant in the chips before 5 years with any success??
Oh sure, we can plant as soon as 3 months after the load is dropped. As has been noted, if you put some soil on top of it, it's ready to go. My two-year old piles are now given over to squash plants of all types. I think after 4th of July, I will plant on the chips that were delivered in March.
patrick mort wrote:Nice I love it! That is so simple.
Piss is a good idea too. And it will give me an excuse to bring the bedside piss bottle that I had to give up after I got married.
Yeah I am quite fond of the oregon coast. We've been here for 2 years now. Bought last year. Live near tillamook.
My sister has a place in Bay City. I love to go clamming and crabbing in Garibaldi.
When the kids were little, they always wanted to visit the cheese factory. They'd walk out with their hands full of the cheese curds. We'd get an ice cream cone and then drive over to Garibaldi to go crabbing.
There's a crappy little ghetto air museum outside of Tillamook --- to the south. I love that little dump. They let you walk right up to the planes, touch anything you want . . . its in an old hanger. They've got some fun WW2 planes, and a random assortment of other aircraft as well.