Michelle Heath wrote:If I remember right there was a couple in the film that mentioned the failure they'd had when sewing directly into the wood chips. I think they also mentioned eventually pulling back the chips and planting in the soil underneath.
Joshua Bertram wrote:
Paul sifts his wood chips after they've been in the chicken coop, and grows his garden in composted, much finer material than raw wood chips. I'm going by memory, but I don't remember seeing his rows have big chunks of wood in them. It's compost he grows in, not wood chips. Yeah, his orchard has raw chips, and his other perennial areas, but his main garden rows look like compost (again going off memory, it's been a while since I watched).
So now, when it comes to an annual vegetable garden bed, I only use finely sifted wood chips that have been sitting in my chicken coop for a year or so. I can direct seed, transplant, whatever, and it's all just fantastic. I think it's just brilliant.
Scott Stiller wrote:That’s an interesting take Gilbert. I’ve been following the advice of Dr Elaine Ingham. Not sure I spelled that correctly. She’s really big on fungal dominance. I’m going to look into what you’re saying, thanks!
Even with really good soil underneath trying to direct seed is more of a waste of seed than anything. Birds, rabbit and squirrels kick the chips all over the seed smothering them out before or shortly after germination.