Travis Johnson wrote:A layer of sawdust in my lambing pens will bring the temp up by 10 degrees. I would just use that and refresh as needed.
Trace Oswald wrote:I use the method as outlined by Paul, and I find that it works great. I didn't think anything was misrepresented in the film. He also didn't make any money from the film, or from the produce from his garden and gives it to people quite freely, so I'm not sure why people think naming it is somehow for profit.
Paul goes into some detail with regards to adding organic matter the first years until the chips breakdown, or you will get some nitrogen tie-up. People say you don't, but that hasn't been my experience. Paul adds soil that has been composted by his chickens to his gardens, but as he says, you don't need to, it will just take longer if you don't. That has been my experience as well. Paul used 18 inches of wood chips alone in his orchard area. The results seem to speak for themselves. I personally had never heard of gardening with wood chip mulch before the film was made about Paul, so I'm grateful. If I had an unending supply of wood chips as some people do, I would use them on many acres of my land. I don't, so I use wood chips where I can, and cover crops, compost, other mulches when I run out.
Peter Daub wrote:Hi all, I'm several years into deep mulching some gardens - 12 inches deep. .....
As far as the thistle - it keeps coming back because of it's strong root system, often with horizontal runners connecting multiple plants. From what I can see, if it's already in the ground it loves the woodchips. We let ours grow to 2-3 inches high and pulled it. After about 3-4 pulls, it quit and hasn't come back since.
Cris Fellows wrote:Two and a half years ago i covered about half of our 2 city lot garden in at least 12 inches of wood chips. The trees loved it. As I had no idea what I was doing, some of the other plants loved it and some died. Last year we had tons of thistle come up through which is now starting to give way to yellow clover. I did not put down a layer of cardboard or paper. What to do with all this thistle? More chips?