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Okanagan Valley of BC, CANADA
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Thank you, Paul.  I sit corrected (hard to stand at a computer  :lol Obviously I need to continue with my reading/research into this topic.
12 years ago
Now you have me excited, Paul.  I have loads of wood around my yard that I was going to haul to the dump.  I even have the first load on my utility trailer to be hauled away next weekend ... going to have to take it back off now    Some of this wood was going to be used for a raised bed garden that never got built so is rotting away, and some of it was a sundeck on my home that rotted and was removed to make room for a carport.  Now I finally know a good way to get the raised bed gardens I want, and to save a bunch of money at the same time.  No dump fees and no gas to haul it out there... BONUS! 

Thanks so much!!
12 years ago
Adding to the great info from Paul and patruth58, I would highly recommend Permaculture Gardening on your acre of land.  This would likly give you a crop this year, and it would build up a good healthy soil while being a low maintainance type of gardening... it's a no-dig or no-till type of gardening I have been doing lots of reading about lately and find facinating.  I am doing my yard in this way. 

Currently my favorite book on this subject is one I got from the local library and now would love to buy my own copy  It's called Permaculture in a Nutshell, written by Patrick Whitefield.  One thing he describes that comes to mind for your problem is:  put down a layer of cardboard or newspaper onto the ground, right over top of any weeds or grass that are growing there.  Then you put a layer of manure over this.  If you want to plant something there you make a pocket of soil in the manure, poking a small hole in the cardboard in this spot too.  You plant into the soil.  Your top layer is mulch.  The book said straw, I'm going to use wood chips as that is what I was able to get for free.  Put down a good layer of mulch, leaving it open a bit where you put your plants. 

The cardboard or newspaper stop weeds from coming up from the soil, they also compost down to feed the earth and build new soil.

The manure feeds your plants and the soil, and becomes soil through composting.

The mulch layer holds in moisture so it takes very little watering to keep your plants happy and healthy, as well as do the composting process. 

Hope this helps.  I"m just learning too, but am happy to share some of what I've read about so far and am excited about for my own place.
12 years ago
I would just like to add that the word Permaculture comes from permanent agriculture, and it is a form of no-dig, no-till gardening or farming. 

Permaculture gardening replenishes the soil as nature does in forests and lands not used by man... decomposing (rotting) organic substances.  This creates new soil and feeds the old stuff.  It builds a new layer each year as last years weeds, manure, mulch all rot down and become rich new soil.

A book I just read (from the library) that I love and highly recommend is Permaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick Whitefield.  It's a small, easy to read book packed full of great info and ideas.
12 years ago