James Colbert wrote:After trying wood chips in my garden this year I have decided that wood chips are good, wood chips and mixed mulch (like Ruth Stout) is better. If your in a city and they are free and plentiful use them but otherwise they are not much better than any good organic mulch thickly applied. Also ants love wood chip mulches. They don't hurt the plants they are just annoying when working with the soil.
Andy Sprinkle wrote:Great video...I love the whole piece about orginal sin and man tilling the earth. Tilling the earth as a syptom of our brokeness.
Question: How would I get perenials established from seed/small transplant in a 4-5 inch mulch covering, pull back the mulch and plant in soil and then slowly put the mulch back as the plants grow? And how about bulbs...will the plants shoot up through 4-5 inches of mulch? Can I mulch over my hostas this winter and will they push up through the mulch?
Tyler Ludens wrote: Does the Back to Eden gardening method have any provision for providing the wood chips of the future - is the planting of trees part of the plan? Planting trees is part of forest gardening, so if it is not part of the Back to Eden plan, we can hope if it is adopted widely that there are plenty of forest gardeners also, planting the necessary trees!
I thought it was interesting that in spite of how much "better" the quality of his soil looked after years of mulching, it still didn't look as good as the shot of the forest loam
Nature doesn't need wood chippers, right? Natural wood chips are the leaves, branches and trunks. No reason not to use them as is for the orchard. Humans just like to speed things up...or interfere because "we know better".
Jesus Martinez wrote:I guess when you think about it, he is in a way doing hugelkulture, as his main amendment is wood.
Jesus Martinez wrote:The sweetness of his food comes from proper mineralization of his soil. I grew spinach in soil amended with compost and rock dust last year and it too was sweet.