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I think the common answer is that you don't want to use wood chips except in rather small amounts.  
 
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Terry Austin wrote:Sorry if this has been covered previously.
In hugekultur does the wood/logs need to be whole or can they be wood chips?
The reason I as is several companies in the area offer to give wood chips free a d will deliver them free if they Re in the srea.
Any ideas and feedback appreciated.


Per Paul's talks, wood chips are not to be used in hugelkultur beds. The primary reasons, if I recall, are as follows:
-Increased wood surface area results in increased available carbon, which binds nitrogen and hinders growies.
-Beds don't last nearly as long as whole logs.
-Whole logs provide lasting structure and diversity.
-By importing wood matter from unknown origin via commercial sources, you may unwittingly introduce persistent herbicides to your system.
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