Woodchip compost

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GrowinGrowinGone

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Woodchip compost
« on: October 03, 2014, 20:51 »
The foot paths on my plot I covered in Wood chip, and leaves, to about 8 inches deep approx 18 months ago.  I had noticed for a while how it looks almost like its largely black soil, and when moving the top surface away that it's absolutely loaded with worms big and small.  I have sieved 3 wheel barrow loads full of it and it looks and feels better than anything I have ever purchased in bags, but looks can be deceiving.  I have now put it all around my fruit trees as a kind of mulch.  I know I can get lots more of this from my paths, but the thing I am concerned about is if I was to add it to my raised beds?  I have heard that when wood chip breaks down it uses up a lot of nitrogen?  Without sending some of it off for a soil test I have no idea what it would be like, or if it would have a negative impact on my raised beds?  Any advice would be helpful.
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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2014, 21:17 »
It only uses nitrogen while it's rotting down - but your has now rotted and it's lovely stuff, all good  :)

Use it wherever you want to.
There was a nice video on here about using it.........I'll try to find it
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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2014, 22:17 »
Thanks for the reply, would be interesting to see the video if you find it :)

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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2014, 22:48 »
It was back to Eden - it was a bit heavy on religion, but chicken manure and wood chips are what works there.

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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2014, 23:00 »
Thanks, I have seen the BTE video a few times it's great :)

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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2014, 08:00 »
We get woodchip delivered to our site on an irregular basis and sometimes there is more than is needed. The pile rots from the base and I use some of this to add to bean trenches etc and it is certainly rich stuff. All the better for being completely free too  :D :D
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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2014, 15:20 »
Thanks for replying Sunshineband, that puts my mind at rest enough now to add it to my raised beds :)

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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2018, 11:03 »
Composted bark, actually!  On advice from her teacher, my wife has bought a tonne of composted bark.  Teacher said to put a 4" layer of this everywhere as a mulch. 

So the question is - we want to yank out some old non-performing plants and get some new plants to liven up the beds.  Can we plant these new arrivals straight into the much or should we plant them in the soil and then add mulch round them afterwards?   

Any thoughts, please?

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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2018, 11:42 »
I would plant into the soil in this instance, if you had been building up the mulch over a few years Id say plant into the mulch then mulch again. Hope that helps
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Re: Woodchip compost
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2018, 18:16 »
We get sawdust in along with straw and manure courtesy of the stables next door.All i would say about woodchip is that it needs to come from untreated timber otherwise it will contain some very unpleasant chemicals that will contaminate the ground and therefore the plants.This thought was passed onto me recently and to be honest before i would not have realised.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2018, 16:20 by Aldi Pete »
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