All my life I had been told to avoid wood chips in the garden due to them sucking up the nitrogen. But in this movie they talk about using wood chips as mulch and it being super beneficial.
I’ve got to leave to go pick up dh soon and will have to finish the video later, but I have some questions for you.
1. If I understand the video right you start out basically like I normally garden with some basic soil, compost etc, basically my lasagna gardening practice. Then you top dress it with wood mulch. Is that correct?
2. As time goes on you add more layers of wood mulch and maybe compost but not much else?
3. This does away with the constant need to water, is this correct?
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5. How long have you been doing this system?
6. Oh do the wood chips need to be from green trees? We have hundreds of dead ones we’ve got to dispose of and we have a chipper—it’s a small slow one but….
7. Because of adding the wood chips the garden won’t erode down like I am having the problem with?
8. Are there any good books you can recommend on this?
I really don’t want to know that I’m raising the $47 tomato or the $10 egg.
I have decent luck with tomatoes, squash, and peppers. Some years my garlic does well. I seem to be an onion queen. I’m trying to develop a full asparagus bed but that means keeping the chickens out of the garden in the winter.
I’m a Colorado Master Gardener so I know enough to be dangerous. Luckily one of my volunteer activities is to man the Master Gardener booth at our local farmer’s market. I’ve decided this year I will buy my needed produce (over and above what my garden will produce) from the market. In the past, I’ve bought CSA shares but have found they are just too big for my husband and I.
We have tried tomato plants in the past, but they were too much work for what we got. I am lucky that a neighbor does garden a lot–organic–and it is just him and his wife, so we get the extras. we also got some when a different neighbor decided to go out of town and had just gone to the store….darn, his waste of money is extras for us.
For the irrigation, we do drip directly on the roots of the plants and most are in mulch, so you really don’t notice a “garden” in the front flower beds.
I’ve been researching Square Foot Gardening. I am using an old chest of drawers (minus the drawers) for the main garden.. and I have 4 drawers from it that I can grow in too, maybe? I am thinking about worm composting. I have started composting for the first time in my life.. I have almost unlimited supply of rabbit poop and I’ve read that it’s great for gardens and worms too!
I won’t be able to 100% do it by the book.
On the other hand, I was looking into joining a CSA this year and I found one that you can actually order *just* the vegetables you want to buy, instead of a share. I am very very interested in that (tomatoes tomatoes tomatoes)
I don’t have experience with a “crop”, so I don’t want to spend hundreds on Special Mix. I have poo, I have dirt, I have worms. All I need is some elbow grease and some seeds! I’ll save my money for to support local farmers, but I’m curious to see if I can raise food from seed, too!
Ashley in (tomato country) TN
PS, Shay, the only thing I managed to harvest 2 years ago (skipped last year) was cucumbers!! I figured they were fool-proof!
I had hoped for a large yield of strawberries, tomatoes, and cucumbers so that we wouldn’t have to buy these and I could make strawberry jam and freeze whole ones for smoothies. In addition we tried growing cantaloupe and watermelon, DH’s favorites. Not only did we not get fruit, but we didn’t even get plants. The critters chewed them up before they even had a chance. We even tried growing them in pots and transplanting them later when they got bigger, but still got eaten. The frustrating part is we have these elaborate cages over the garden and still everything got eaten by squirrels, rabbits, birds, grasshoppers? It’s an organic garden so we couldn’t spray anything.
I think we got 10 strawberries off our plants which were just eaten while the kids were weeding! Got lots of cherry tomatoes, but it seemed like a lot of work for a bunch of tomatoes. Never got a cucumber. They kept flowering and then no cucumber! We even tried pollinating them with a paint brush!
So, I give up. I’ll be buying all my produce at the Farmer’s market this year.
If we mulch properly the watering shouldn’t be too big a concern unless we have yet another summer of heavy drought. I do need to work on rabbit proofing more, so hardware cloth is an item that I had not added to my list, thanks for the reminder. I have most of my seeds from previous purchases, but I need to start my germination testing right away—as in today.
Unfortunately there are no really large produce producers in this area so I don’t have the options you do on that. Wish I did. Even the produce place in Bixby we normally purchase from has gotten sky high and they aren’t organic. We much prefer organically grown food.
I do know I will limit the amount of plantings I will do this year to those items we are very low on and will truly eat. It’s so easy for me to want to plant some of everything. Especially when I’m cruising the Baker’s Heirloom Seed catalog—Lordy their pictures are to die for!
I hadn’t considered the “bird food’ aspect of it yet either and good grief Frankie goose would NEVER forgive me if I didn’t grow at least some tomatoes—that goose is a tomato addict and will take you down for a ripe tomato!
I’m leaning toward doing a full garden and just biting the bullet on the cost of the compost and such I need this year. It’s been three years since we’ve put any cost into the garden and we could did soil from the woods, just as soon as dh fixes the flat on the wheel barrel. LOL!
That soil is heavy with leaf mulch already.
extra compost and water could be considered long term investments spread out over ? years, like deer fencing , hardware cloth etc… we do a type of lasagna gardening too, the Back to Eden method, we can get a truck load of mulch that is fairly decomposed already from the landfill for 20.00 a pick up load full. so for us, even at 100.00 for mulch ( yes, composting ourselves since we have woods is on the list for this year), and since I have the time it is worth the expense given the price of organic non gmo foods we can produce, not to mention the by products for the chickens…
That being said, there are somethings we are choosing not to grow because of the price… sweet potatoes are an easy to grow crop in our area, and in the fall we are able to glean from large farms or buy for 5 cents a lb locally… same with collards..and the farm land that butts end to our property is a large hot pepper tomatillo farm… they are generous with the neighbors…
So, tomatoes because we eat tons of sauces, salsas, ketchup, bbq sauce etc… green beans, peas, cucumbers,herbs…
We also live in peanut and cantaloupe country.. those will not go in because the prices re so low its ridiculous for us to grow them…
We haven’t done one yet for the garden, but that’s a darn good idea. I already have some Excel spreadsheet templates for that purpose for our other income streams, which would probably be useful. Let me do a mockup of what our 10-bed garden analysis would be (and we use lasagna gardening methods too so I’ll be able to match up to what you’re working on). I’ll zap that off to you sometime soon, hopefully this week. We can talk more about it if/as needed.
If anyone else has something similar, I’d be game to see what you’ve come up with. Always interested in The Better Mousetrap..