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Stephanie, If you have fall leaves use 3-6 inches of "mulched" leaves, and then add 2-3 inches of wheat straw (old straw if you can get it) but mulched leaves has many benefits. then on top of this add your manure, horse, cow, or whatever. if you add wood chips, don't use walnut, and whatever chips you use let them age for a few months. green wood chips will delete the soil of nitrogen, but aged wood is good. I also use really old, aged black sawdust. It is black and loose as black topsoil. If you can find the aged sawdust, get you some sand (courser the better) and mix 70% aged sawdust with 30% sand. I also use lots of grass clippings which supplies nitrogen.
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I have never owned a tiller. Of course I have always gardened with raised beds just as you. I think thats how so many weeds get to growing is when the weed seed are brought to the surface. Wearingair, that is a great film. I had never watched it before and thank you for sharing. You remember that there was mention that this is something on the order of "sheet composting", which is somewhat on the order of lasgana gardening. Take notice also that you do not plant directly into the wood chips. I also use wood chips in my lasagna beds but they are a year or more old, almost rotten when I use them as a layer in the beds. It is ok to use green woodchips as a mulch on top of the soil, which is what the Eden garden is suggesting. I used also green (fresh) sawdust as a mulch only, but I use aged, rotted, black sawdust as layers. This film is really interesting and much information is shown. thank you again for sharing this
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Stephaine, that is a great idea!! I never thought of bending them into an arc that way. I just may try that next yr., and the plastic to convert into a green house is awsome idea. See, who says an "ole dog" like me can't learn new tricks!!
 
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