Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» BOOK GIVEAWAY - ENDS 10/20/17
by brianj555 Today at 11:20 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 10:55 am

» Today's Harvest
by brianj555 Today at 10:44 am

» Biochar?
by countrynaturals Today at 10:40 am

» Sowing Experiment! Anyone Tried This?
by brianj555 Today at 10:36 am

» Spaghetti Squash ?
by countrynaturals Today at 10:28 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 5:34 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by yolos Yesterday at 5:16 pm

» Worm bin?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:16 pm

» Frames for SFG Beds - Versitile PVC frames for Protection
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:10 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:25 pm

» Coffee Substitute?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:02 pm

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 Yesterday at 10:57 am

» California's Drought
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 10:04 am

» Hello from a 7b zone
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 10:00 am

» Newbie from Ayrshire, West Coast of Scotland
by plantoid Yesterday at 7:27 am

» Butterfly Junction
by sanderson Yesterday at 12:08 am

» Mels book
by sanderson 10/20/2017, 11:54 pm

» N & C Midwest: October 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 10/20/2017, 8:16 pm

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by countrynaturals 10/20/2017, 11:34 am

» My Compost Bin
by SQWIB 10/20/2017, 7:36 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson 10/20/2017, 3:38 am

» A great offer for a local SFG,er
by sanderson 10/20/2017, 3:07 am

» Hello from Gilbert, AZ
by LizDTM 10/20/2017, 12:21 am

» How to Grow Better Tomatoes
by countrynaturals 10/19/2017, 7:59 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by countrynaturals 10/19/2017, 7:54 pm

» Helpful Beetles
by countrynaturals 10/19/2017, 7:45 pm

» Does MM improve with age?
by countrynaturals 10/19/2017, 7:41 pm

» to mulch or not to mulch
by sanderson 10/19/2017, 7:36 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt 10/19/2017, 7:19 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Page 2 of 2 Previous  1, 2

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  FamilyGardening on 2/25/2014, 11:37 pm

From what I have read and learned woodchips/mulch on top of soil/MM will not rob the soil of nutrition because the woodchips are not at the level of the plants roots.... as long as you don't mix the woodchips in with the soil/MM its not a problem.....


happy gardening
rose
avatar
FamilyGardening

Female Posts : 2424
Join date : 2011-05-10
Location : Western WA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  camprn on 2/25/2014, 11:43 pm

FamilyGardening wrote:From what I have read and learned woodchips/mulch on top of soil/MM will not rob the soil of nutrition because the woodchips are not at the level of the plants roots.... as long as you don't mix the woodchips in with the soil/MM its not a problem.....


happy gardening
rose
Wood chips may tie up rather than rob the nitrogen at the surface of the Mel's Mix. This could be a problem for shallow rooted plants. I would suggest that if using the wood chips in the vegetable growing bed, take care and watch for symptoms that the plants need to be fed.

Good luck.

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  FamilyGardening on 2/25/2014, 11:58 pm

camprn wrote:
FamilyGardening wrote:From what I have read and learned woodchips/mulch on top of soil/MM will not rob the soil of nutrition because the woodchips are not at the level of the plants roots.... as long as you don't mix the woodchips in with the soil/MM its not a problem.....


happy gardening
rose
Wood chips may tie up rather than rob the nitrogen at the surface of the Mel's Mix. This could be a problem for shallow rooted plants. I would suggest that if using the wood chips in the vegetable growing bed, take care and watch for symptoms that the plants need to be fed.

Good luck.


and if the MM is only 6 inch deep....I can see your point Camp  Very Happy 
Thanks!

Hugs
rose
avatar
FamilyGardening

Female Posts : 2424
Join date : 2011-05-10
Location : Western WA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/25/2014, 11:59 pm

camprn wrote:
FamilyGardening wrote:From what I have read and learned woodchips/mulch on top of soil/MM will not rob the soil of nutrition because the woodchips are not at the level of the plants roots.... as long as you don't mix the woodchips in with the soil/MM its not a problem.....


happy gardening
rose
Wood chips may tie up rather than rob the nitrogen at the surface of the Mel's Mix. This could be a problem for shallow rooted plants. I would suggest that if using the wood chips in the vegetable growing bed, take care and watch for symptoms that the plants need to be fed.

Good luck.
Camp's right - and it's very easy to spot if it becomes an issue. It's one reason why we lay down a couple inches of a rich compost/manure mix before putting the mulch down and supplement with compost tea or other organic amendments if needed.
avatar
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1918
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  FamilyGardening on 2/26/2014, 12:04 am

yep I just responded to Camp.....6 inchs of MM is not very deep so I can see how it could become a problem.....all the research I have done so far was using compost and soil .....I forget that MM is not soil....so there maybe a difference on how the woodchips would react to the MM and how shallow the roots are in 6 inch of MM....

we do use the woodchips in our SFG beds and they do fine.....but there could be variables like we get a lot of rain ....that is different from some one who doesn't get as much.....

hugs
rose
avatar
FamilyGardening

Female Posts : 2424
Join date : 2011-05-10
Location : Western WA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  sanderson on 2/26/2014, 2:58 am

I use plain wood chips as mulch.  When I replant, I remove 99.9% of them, add and mix in new compost, plant, and then replace the chips.  The only thing I'm doing new is that I am sprinkling a light layer of composted chicken manure before replacing the chips.  I can't use a sprinkle of blood meal because my cat goes bonkers over the smell.  I'll be using it in my new compost pile, instead.
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14790
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  camprn on 2/26/2014, 6:58 am

sanderson wrote:I use plain wood chips as mulch.  When I replant, I remove 99.9% of them, add and mix in new compost, plant, and then replace the chips.  The only thing I'm doing new is that I am sprinkling a light layer of composted chicken manure before replacing the chips.  I can't use a sprinkle of blood meal because my cat goes bonkers over the smell.  I'll be using it in my new compost pile, instead.
I bet that works pretty well. Very Happy 

____________________________

41 years a gardener and going strong with SFG.
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. ~ Henry David Thoreau

http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t1306-other-gardening-books



avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 55
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  sanderson on 2/26/2014, 12:34 pm

Very Happy 
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14790
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  jimmy cee on 2/26/2014, 8:06 pm

FamilyGardening wrote:Jimmy....could you pour some of those woodchips out of the bucket and onto the ground or cement? to get a good look at what the mixture of your woodchips is  Very Happy give us a close up look

hope that helps
rose
I'm not able to photo them now, will do next week, it's all about the same tho
avatar
jimmy cee

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 1925
Join date : 2013-02-16
Age : 81
Location : Indiana PA....zone 5

View user profile http://www.jcjigs.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Wood chips??? what to do with these?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 2 of 2 Previous  1, 2

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum