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covering the surface of an area with wood chips to build soil fertility

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How long do leaves remain "green" for compost material after cutting a tree?

I am planning to clear some trees from my property to make room for a garden. I would like to chip/shred the branches to be used as mulch and compost material. According to the Back to Eden ...
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What mushroom inoculation method works better?

I've heard about both cardboard, under the plant, and direct seeding inoculation methods for growing wine caps in the soil. Does one method work better than the other? If so which one works better?
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do wood chips insulate better for cold than heat?

I noticed that my wood chip compost pile that I never turned has ice still about 1" below the surface, so that got me to wonder if wood chips are better cold insulators than heat insulators.
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Are mulberry trees great for the shrub layer?

I'm planning to purchase some mulberry trees, then cut them very short in order to get some fruiting shrubs. Does this sound like a bad idea to make them easily picked?
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do frogs love to go into wood chip gardens?

I have a Back to Eden Garden on the edge of a swampy area, and am wondering if I'll likely get a lot of frogs and toads to do my pest management this year, or I'll have to do other things to aid in ...
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What type of edible mushrooms can I easily inoculate in logs and grow in USDA zone 4a for full sun?

I'm currently building a home fungal/crop garden, and am wondering what types of mushrooms can inoculate fresh cut oak logs with that will grow in full sun next to tall grass on one side, and a wood ...
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What will fungi do in an aerobic environment?

This winter I'm considering adding another foot to my wine cap bed so it has a nice thermal environment all winter. That would make it under 2' (wood chip dimensions of 10'x100'x2') of wood chips/...
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How should I design a horseradish bed?

I'm building a horseradish bed with the Back to Eden method about 2 feet above the water line (floods every 5-10 years) along a creek. Will this be enough room to grow good sized horseradish roots?
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How do I treat ground cherry tips being eaten completely off?

I have ground cherry tips that are getting eaten completely off every few days. How should I treat this without harming the beneficial insects? The plant is still showing leaves after watering, but ...
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Why would broccoli become all twisted at the root system?

I was looking at my broccoli plant today because it was at about a 60 degree angle, and noticed that the broccoli stem is twisting back and forth. What would cause this? I'm doing charged core ...
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can leafy greens push up through woodchips

I'm growing spinach, and swiss chard, but they don't seem to be sending up new shoots. Can these plants along with other leafy greens push up through wood chips?
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Why do weeds re-root in wood chips with Back to Eden?

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 ...
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Effectiveness of Using Wood Chips (a la "Back to Eden") as a garden mulch/covering?

This year I revamped about half of my garden space using the biodynamic method found in John Jeavon's material. I now have the other half and after seeing the Back to Eden film I am really intrigued ...
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