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Deep Mulching?

John Salmon
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Greeting from Greensboro, NC, the center of the Piedmont! I am re-starting my first year backyard garden after many failures. (Learning Experiences) My question concerns deep mulching, rather it be ruth stout, Back to Eden or whatever practice is to be used. My soil is comparable to my area, mainly clay with a thin layer of topsoil. My question, is deep mulching that important to new gardens?

I have access to new and aged wood chips, finished compost and a limited amount of goat/chicken manure. I also have been collecting fall leaves and grass clippings from the neighborhood. (Pesticide free)  My garden area is fairly shaded which I hope to trim a few trees to provide more sunlight and to keep the trees healthy.

My goal is to have a small vegetable garden, be organic as possible so I may have a place for exercise and peace. My secondary goal is to have fresh and healthy produce.

Thanks in advance,
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