S Carreg wrote:thank you also. i'm not keen to use them as mulch on veg and fruit beds because we already have a vicious slug problem, and we get nearly 2 meters of annual rainfall, so keeping the soil moist is usually not an issue. interesting about the buttercup though - we've got a lot of that! including in the raspberry patch. i might dump a big load of chip in there and see what happens.
i think i'll have as much chip as i could possibly want, i'm expecting at least several more loads of this size (3-4 cubic meters)... by the time I've wheel barrowed it all around i will have ARMS OF STEEL hahaha
John Elliott wrote:
As far as the slugs, these are a harvestable resource. If you don't have ducks or chickens, you should, because they will eat all the slugs you can collect. There is the classic beer trap, but I like to use a piece of old wooden house siding as a collector. You can paint the down side of the board with either beer or sourdough starter to give it that yeast smell that attracts the slugs.
I'm really interested in your idea but I'm afraid I don't quite understand it. You are saying I should innoculate the pile with fungi spores, and then use the chips as mulch after that? Is the innoculation just to get more beneficial mycellium into my soil (eventually?)
If I innoculate with spores of edibles, for example oysters, will i be able to harvest oyster mushrooms?
David Hartley wrote:I would recommend not cutting the grass around your trees. Rather; lodge it (bend it over to the ground at the base, laying it all flat). Then putting down your layer of mulch 8~10cm thick (or cardboard and mulch).
Michael Cox wrote:I'm guessing here, but I suspect that cut grass will find it easier to push new shoots straight up through your wood chip, bent grass will try to grow, but will end up sending new growth horizontal.
Worth a small test to see.