Wood Chip Gardening: What I Wish I Knew When I First Started Back To Eden Gardening

This video would have helped me so much when I started out with Back To Eden gardening.

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20 thoughts on “Wood Chip Gardening: What I Wish I Knew When I First Started Back To Eden Gardening

  1. When I first started with the wood chips that got delivered I put it around my trees then watered. I saw within a week they went "Ahhhh". It shielded the roots from the hot summer sun in Florida. This spring we got so many flowers and I'll be getting fruit from the banana, lemons, navel orange and papaya. Most of it broke down pretty fast for me. It is such an improvement over sand on top of more sand.

  2. I love your video. I have a question about putting sawdust into my chicken coops: Sawdust can be different textures. When it is big thin slices it is called wood shavings. Chickens, according to the literature on deep litter method, should not have regular sawdust because of the negative effect on their respiratory tract. Also, sawdust can get wet and compost and turn to cake which won't compost. Wood shavings are very expensive here in Oregon. The question I have is: would it work to put sawdust on the bottom right over the dirt on the floor of the coops and then shavings just on the top. This would allow manure to drop before the chickens get it sufficiently mixed and expose the lower layer of sawdust. The dropped manure would act as a dust suppressant.

    The above is a question: How can you use sawdust with chickens?

  3. It takes 9 months for wood and leaves tip turn into soil. I have been doing it for years. Take into account the climate you are growing in. The colder the longer composting takes.

  4. there is two types of wood chips, one absorbs water and one doesn't, with enough water and machines you don't need animals.

  5. So this isn’t relevant for the tropics in some ways. Like timeline. I’d mention that the sawdust is great for pooping in the bucket aka humanure.

  6. I enjoyed the video. I had tried just the wood chips also. layers explained in video : How to Grow a Vegetable Garden – Back To Eden Organic Gardening Film at 1:11:02 working for me great. Breaks it all down. Thanks again nice video.

  7. Can I use bark from the garden center mixed with my grass compost from lawnmowing? I have a pile saved up from the last few years, but it’s not enough to cover the whole garden .
    Do you recomend making nettle water and water the garden with that on top of the “wood chips” ?

  8. The free wood chips from the tree trimmers I got turned into hot compost and was steaming. I'm glad I didn't get around to putting it in my garden right away. Sometimes I get lucky. Most times I also learn the hard way. Thanks for the video.

  9. I think the material on the right is bark, not wood chips. There is a significant difference, also, between wood chips and tree bark. Tree bark is basically composted on the tree – broken down by UV light, rain and thermal variances.

    That said, wood chips (and leaves) will compost pretty quickly if you either bury them under a layer of soil or put them on the ground with weight on them – blocks or stones or bricks or such – where they will quickly become a sort of worm smorgasbord. Or, if you use wood chips for foot paths, where treading on them compacts and drives them into the sub soil where the worms will break them down which is why it seems a wood chip path can be clear one day and then BOOM, overgrown very quickly with vegetation at which point most people simply put more wood chips on top to knock down the "weeds" – i.e. most will bury all of that rich soil under more and more wood chips – but you can harvest the soil from the path that was created by being ground into the sub soil where it becomes worm food. So, harvest that rich soil path that sprouts all of that vegetation – much of which may be volunteer plants from your garden that can provide a sort of "second season" – before you put down new wood chips on your path. Or you can simply relay (create a new layout for) your garden so that you plant on the composted path created by the previous wood chips the following year and create new wood chip/compost paths around those areas. Sort of like "path rotation" rather then crop rotation.

    You'll know exactly when your path is preparing to sprout vegetation because when the microbe colony reaches a certain stage, "the worms of three counties" will move in and you'll feel the path start to soften as it is aerated and becomes spongy as they will eat very fast.

    Native worms are the best composters as well as an important element of natures pest control which is just like your body. "Bad" things come in – yes – but those "bad" things are actually food for the "good" things so, if you kill off the "bad" things you are also depleting your body of the "good" ones. Like mosquitoes and the dragonflies that eat them. Mosquitoes grow very fast because dragonflies eat so many of them but when you kill too many mosquitoes, it can take a long bitey/itchy time to re-establish the dragonfly population as they are off some place where food is plentiful or simply extinguished.

  10. One thing I found out the hard way is that woodchips will settle and rot down dramatically within a year or two to half the depth you put it down. At least that's how it works in the hot, humid south where I live. Maybe it's different up north.

  11. First dig the soil, then cover it up with composted material, and third, put wood chips on top. Simple I guess.

  12. Don't pay attention to the idiots here! Well done explaining the system! Greetings from Bulgaria!
    I will use the wood chips for my chicken coop until they become ready for the garden!

  13. I heard you say you then add the green material from the animals to the "sawdust" type material. Could you show that next step? How do you do that if you don't have animals? Can you buy the animal green matter to add?

  14. Thank You!! I think this is excellent information for those struggling to get the Back to Eden gardnng method going.

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