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I got access to a downed oak tree a couple years ago and the tree company shredded it and placed it in my drive for me. I commenced to cover my entire garden area with 4-6 inches of wood chips as a weed barrier and to keep from walking in the mud after a rain. People said that it would off set the nitrogen and so on but the red wigglers began working on the white bacteria that quickly formed on the wood chips. It is like candy to them and the worms got huge and robust. As you know, the worms come up to feed on the fungus of decaying matter and take the nutrients down to the roots of your plants and deposit it there with a perfect fertilizer balance. You can add bacteria and trace minerals along with charcoal to hold the nutrients in place. You can even char some of the wood chips so that they will last forever.

Rather than tell you all about it. You can watch a video. You might want to turn off the HD on the lower right of the screen.

"Wood Chip Gardening - NO water needed. http://backtoedenfilm.com/index.html#movie

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Comment by Joseph's Page on February 10, 2013 at 2:16pm

On the Chipper carb, often in those small engines the ports are so small that tiny water droplets can prevent the flow of fuel. Check for moister in the bowl area if it has a bowl, and by running a small wire through the ports to dislodge any dirt or water often gets you back up and running right away. If there is buildup in the carb from fuel sitting, 1. Always use premium fuel with NO ethanol and because those units often run in dusty environments, I like to add a little oil to the tank. Just a cap full to the gas can. Also, this one is hit or miss. In an effort to avoid rebuilding a carb, I have added carb cleaner to the gas tank after draining all the bad fuel, and let it flow through the carb so everything is in contact with it. After it sets for a while flush it out and add new fuel and see if she starts. Probably 2 out of 3 times this has worked for me.

In working with those chippers, I recommend wearing double hearing protection and insulated leather gloves. You wont regret it.

Let us know how things work out.

Comment by Mr. Aqualung on February 9, 2013 at 8:22pm

Worked in the garden today and added two truck loads of oak leaves.  Still getting the chipper working.  Carb is clogged.  

Comment by Joseph's Page on January 9, 2013 at 5:43pm

Supposed to be warmer this week, I am going to be adding some organic fertilizer to the chipped beds as well as some worm compost tea - full of microbes, enzymes and all kinds of other goodies. No sign of worms in my worm feeder yet.

Comment by Joseph's Page on January 9, 2013 at 5:41pm

When you say that you found a chipper for 50 bucks, I assume that you purchased it? If you have not, you might want to consider a few things. 1. It is going to take an awful lot of chipping to get enough for just one row/bed. 2. The little chippers can work you to death and are very loud. Wear double hearing protection and thick gloves to cut the vibration. 3. The little chippers do fall apart and wear out quickly. I knew this when I purchased mine years ago so I bought mine from Sears as a Used unit - you'll have to ask for them, and then I purchased the extended warranty that included all repairs, oil changes and blade sharpening. That was well worth it. I used it for a while and because I had the warranty, I was able to sell it for what I paid for it.

Just some thoughts to consider. They are handy to deal with annual pruning and ice storm damage type things but if your going to use it as the sole source to build up your garden, you have your work cut out for you. Let me know how you progress.

Comment by Mr. Aqualung on January 8, 2013 at 11:22pm

I found a chipper for 50 bucks.  We had a bad Ice storm here and there are limbs down all over the place here for chipping.  

Comment by Mr. Aqualung on January 5, 2013 at 2:42pm

Awesome video.  Thanks for sharing...

Comment by Joseph's Page on January 4, 2013 at 10:51pm

Yes it is always good to find the tree company that will drop them off but I have been having trouble getting them to do so and my home is on the way to the dump. Many tree companies will let you come and get wood chips for free. The thing that throws the soil off is when you till the chips in. If you leave them on top, there shouldn't be a problem. If they are really fresh, then there may be an acidic issue for a few months but after one season/ 6 months, they should be good to plant in. Do watch the video and let me know what you think.


Comment by Bill Buron on January 4, 2013 at 10:38pm

I found a tree trimmer a couple of months ago that was cutting in our neighborhood He said his truck was filled with mable and hack berry chips so I had them dukmped in our driveway.  I used them to mulch all the rows in our garden.  Its nice to get this stukff for free insted of having to buy it from the city.  I use straw to mulch our beds but I'm sure that the chips would work.  Its the fear of getting the garden out of ballance tthat keeps me from using the chips for mulch.  I do use these chips onthe blackberries and blueberries though.

Comment by Joseph's Page on August 10, 2012 at 7:19am

Permaculture? Here is a similar idea to the above mentioned and how a micro biologist applied his knowledge.


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