wood chips

By OptOut on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 - 1:50am

Wood chips in a garden

I was speaking with my neighbor and he was telling me about using wood chips on his garden. What he does is leave a thick layer of chips over his garden and then to weed he just walks around with a rake and moves the chips to cover any weeds thus killing them. I set up my garden this way as his seems to be fantastic and the work load is cut down immensely. Has anybody here heard of this technique? Any pros/cons? Thanks.

By JAG on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 - 10:09am

Building Soil with Ramial Wood Chips

I wanted to follow up my comments on using wood chips in the Back To Eden post with a dedicated thread on the subject. I dug up some links that I ran across several years ago to share with anyone interested in this topic.

Most of the research in this area was done at universities outside the US in the 1980's, and focused on using wood chips to create a soil with a high humus content. Specifically, the researchers were looking to incorporate the long-lived (stable) humus found in forest floors into common agricultural.