I've been pulling weeds in my Back to Eden, and have found that my weeds are re-rooting in the wood chips when i put them in the middle (10 year old red mulch with some small stuff mixed in). Why is this?

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Old mulch plus grass clippings = compost / soil.

Every self-respecting weed will try and probably succeed in re-rooting in this. Especially if it lands in a good position and there is enough humidity available.

Note that weeds are typically plants that are vigorous, quick-rooting and adapted to even less favorable surroundings. We pull weeds because they can out-compete the desired plants in our garden beds.

If you want to eliminate the weeds, either let them dry out before leaving them to decompose (essentially making hay) or do a “hot” compost. Especially if you have weeds that will grow back from root fragments or so. And never let the weeds go to seed...


Plants want to survive. They will do all they possibly are able to survive. 10 year old 'red' mulch must be cedar? If you dump weeds too thinly in the compost pile or on wood chips they will try to survive. If there is enough moisture they might find a way.

Back to Eden, what does this mean to you? What are you doing that makes you a Back to Eden member? Are you thinking that whatever you are doing is making super plants? Hardier plants? Better harvests? Does Back to Eden accept fertilizer or not? Tilling to make plant beds?

I just called a very well known gardener on the 'carpet'...he says he does no till and no fertilizer. Insisted this was true. I was insistent he was fibbing. Then...he told me he uses this Dynamic 500 or some similar name that is FERTILIZER and he applies it twice per year. Now we have the truth. There is no way he could harvest the amount of stuff he harvests as he is mining the chemistry every single harvest, without adding more fertilizer. And although I didn't rub it in, I was right. What is this Back to Eden in your thinking? Is it a similar philosophy?

  • i suggest you watch the back to eden video. all i added to the garden for fertilizer was wood chips and grass clippings underneath Commented Jun 3, 2018 at 6:34
  • i was thinking all he did to fertilize the garden was mycelium, and wood chips in conjunction with plant roots. Commented Jun 3, 2018 at 6:36
  • I don't think we are talking about the same guy, in the UK. Very beloved. Beautiful garden, totally gorgeous, no weeds, no mishmash of plants and he was telling everyone his garden was NO till, No fertilizer. Wood chips USE up Nitrogen while being decomposed. There is nothing else that decomposed wood chips offer for chemistry plants need to do photosynthesis. NONE. Decomposers (including fungi, bacteria, some insects) need nitrogen for energy. That is all they 'eat'. Wood chips have NONE of the chemicals plants need for photosynthesis. Fungi do not supply any noteworthy chemistry.
    – stormy
    Commented Jun 3, 2018 at 6:54
  • The guy from Washington: youtube.com/watch?v=6rPPUmStKQ4 Commented Jun 3, 2018 at 6:56
  • There is no magic growing plants. It all makes total sense. That is why when these 'trends' or fads come around one that understands the basics can see that the purported physics, chemistry...benefits of said fad are wrong. If plants would just quit being so dog gone good at surviving! We would learn faster. Mycelium and wood chips have absolutely NONE of the chemistry plants HAVE to have to make their own food...and food for us. I think we gardeners should refamiliarize ourselves with the photosynthetic cycle. Gardens are NOT natural, everything we humans touch is artificial.
    – stormy
    Commented Jun 3, 2018 at 7:02

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