9051Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Wood chips as mulch
- Feb 25, 2009Dear Jeremy,
I think woody material contains high amount of cellulose. It decomposes very
slowly and after decomposition that releases toxic acids that can be
problematic to the plants.. I dont know the specific names of these acids.
but hope this will give some directions to your thoughts
On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 11:04 PM, jhereg9333 <jhereg9333@...> wrote:
> If I recall correctly, woody material has such a high carbon content
> that it ties up nitrogen unless broken down by fungi. As already
> mentioned, you can bury the material to help it decompose. You could
> also spread the chips out and innoculate with fungi spores. You may
> want to try Stropharia rugoso-annulata or Pleurotus species.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <fukuoka_farming%40yahoogroups.com>,
> "Lawrence Haftl"
> <lawrence@...> wrote:
> > David,
> > I can't remember exactly why using wood chips for mulch are
> problematical but I think it has something to do with absorbing
> nutrients in the soil to break down/decompose the chips. Fukuoka used
> wood chips, branches, tree trunks by burying them in his orchard to
> provide long-term organic matter for the orange trees he planted.
> > Larry
> > http://fukuokafarmingol.info
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: david.keltie@...
> > To: email@example.com <fukuoka_farming%40yahoogroups.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:56 AM
> > Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Wood chips as mulch
> > An electricity supply company have been clearing overhead supply
> > locally so I now have a very large mound of wood/leaf shreddings
> > available.
> > Shreddings appear to mainly composed of cypress (x Cupressocyparis
> > leylandii). Anything to be wary of in using the shreddings as a
> > in a vegetable/fruit garden? (I usually use straw - I wonder about
> > them raising the acidity of the soil excessively.)
> > Thanks, David
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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