Thanks. I don't have any walnut. I have some honeylocust, some well rotted plum, small amounts of ash, conifers, and maple and what feels like a metric ton of huge cottonwood logs. Generally I burn the larger pieces of wood during the winter, but have enough to do a hugel bed as well.
I read in Carrots Love Tomatoes that the nutrients in wood are left behind in the ash, but I also understand that wood ash is generally added to soil in small amounts due to its ability to increase ph levels. But what if it's buried deep in a hugel bed?
Another question, too: what about redwood? I have some chunks left over from a construction project.
my question is about conifers. I have what I think is grey pine rounds, I'm not quite sure but that is a prominent pine around here and we received about a cord of it from an assistance program. Paul posted a video where he makes a point about not using conifers but I would like to know more about why. Also I have abundant blue oak I can use. Would that work?
So can I use some coniferous material? Should I use none? Some with a preferred other type to balance it out? Are there plants that I could use it with that can tolerate a more acidic soil? I am only asking because I have so much grey pine available in rounds. Thanks again.
rathersurf wrote: So can I use some coniferous material? Should I use none? Some with a preferred other type to balance it out? Are there plants that I could use it with that can tolerate a more acidic soil? I am only asking because I have so much grey pine available in rounds. Thanks again.
Berries love acidified soil.. I've made some hugel mounds with a generous mix of maple, southern white pine, and blackjack oak... I'd use hardwoods over conifer for the most part, depending on your plant species. Again, berries, such as blueberry shrubery LOVE acidic soil types.. I've done some stacked beds with green/brown/scraps/green/brown/green/topsoil and used decomposed pine logs (on the forest floor for years) and it became an over-acidified environment for the young plants I transplanted in that particular bed..
otierney wrote: I was under the impression that too much coniferous material would acidify the soil. Hopefully that is the correct answer.
unlikely. it's possible, but I haven't seen any evidence that conifers change pH. my guess is that it's a misunderstanding and that many conifer species grow well in soil that was acidic to begin with.