alex Keenan wrote:Chris
Here is some data from purdue that should backup your observations.
"The inner bark, in contrast, has living cells with nutrient laden cell sap, organelles, and stored starch. Most importantly, the phloem cells with their sugary contents are located here. The inner bark is the chief target for animals that feed on bark. Young twigs and branches are preferred because they have a higher proportion of inner to outer bark and lower concentrations of anti-digestion compounds such as lignin and phenols."
Why Do Animals Eat the Bark and Wood of Trees and Shrubs?
Chris Kott wrote:John, if you could please elaborate, I am unfamiliar with the term "Back to Eden Garden."
chrissy bauman wrote:
i run all fruit tree branches through the rabbits first (except prunus species). They are really good at breaking down the wood and leaves into plant food.
the carbon/nitrogen sequestration is vastly overstated, and seems to have little impact on growies as long as your mulch isn't too deep. also pH problems in soil are vastly overstated, same reason. that's my opinion. please do not argue.
Gord Day wrote:I have a cpl truckloads of coniferous wood chips and needles.. my assumtion is they are very acidic.. even tho they are 2-3 yrs old.. I also have a huge truckload of deciduous wood chips that are only 1 yr old. I,m figgering that being 1 yr old, thier thirst for nitrogen has all but been abated? I will make raised beds with the deciduous chips (combined with manure) and use the coniferous for the walkways.
I would appreciate input on this as it will be my first attempt.. I will also use forest humus, but dont whether to use it as the top "soil" or incorporate/mix it into the deciduous chips.. most of my crops will be shrubs and small trees but i will plant a few veggies. being raised beds I can manipulate each bed and compare findings.
cheers from, northern ont