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Can I compost a large brush pile?

My personal experience is a bit different than what @Bamboo indicates, but I'm not trying to get there by adding kitchen scraps, either. Once upon a time I rented a chipper - it was an overall ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

To compost a brush pile in-place you have three problems: Lack of nitrogen. Lack of water. Lack of surface area. One way to solve #1 is to gather lawn clippings or other green matter (leaves, etc) ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

If its lots of woody stuff, it'll take years to compost down, regardless of any 'greener' additions you may make to the pile to supply nitrogen. Adding kitchen scraps may well increase the risk of ...
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Why shouldn't you use these woods when building a hugelkultur?

The types of wood that you have mentioned contain tannins that negatively affect the germination and the growth of the plants, nitrogen availability and photosynthesis. They are also toxic for some ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

If you have what is basically an untidy woodpile, it will eventually decompose not by composting but by rotting. However unless you have a very "rot-friendly" climate that may take 20 years or more, ...
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Freshish wood chips as filler for bottom of raised vege garden

I think it would work OK, it would certainly drain well. You would be more or less making a Hügelkultur. This study found adding a layer of wood chips under the soil did not reduce Nitrogen ...
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Can I use a palm tree log for Hugelkultur

Cool question. I did some digging around but could not come up with a definitive answer so here goes with some peripheral reasoning: chopped coir fibres are often used in horticulture as a peat ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

Have you ever thought of planting some sort of climbing rose or ivy at the base of the pile? This would add beauty and also provide shade to the pile which would speed decomposition.
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Can I use a palm tree log for Hugelkultur

Palm is a grass. It rots fast. So does not last long. It has a long fiber. It holds water, So is good for wicking water into the soil. It forms a good black mulch & loosens soil. But needs ...
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Can I plant English Walnuts on earth berms above poorly draining clay soil?

In my hilly area there's clay or heavy clay soil and English walnuts (Juglans regia) grow well. People who've got large orchards amend their soil, but people with one or two trees in their backyard ...
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Do soil nutrients travel to the surface?

You'll be just fine. Don't go ripping up what you've done due to contrary opinions - Start another couple of beds and compare results if you really want to investigate alternative methods, but having ...
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Do soil nutrients travel to the surface?

I'd recommend using a raised-bed method known as "Lasagna Gardening." Basically, you start with a "smother layer" of wet cardboard or newspaper at the bottom of your bed to kill off and block any ...
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Can I compost a large brush pile?

Branches and twigs are terrible for the compost bin. I put them in when I was new to composting and not only does it take a long time to break down but it also gets in the way of turning the pile. I ...
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How to build a hugelkultur?

I've seen in pictures that people dig a small pit, and pile all of the wood in the middle, then put dirt packed on top of it. You build the wood pit similar to this: The initial look is like this ...
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Do soil nutrients travel to the surface?

The majority of plant roots are only within the top 4 -6" of the surface. Roots that go deeper are for support not uptake of water and chemicals. Nutrients/chemicals the plant needs to continue ...
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Can I plant English Walnuts on earth berms above poorly draining clay soil?

Jamin, I support you in your determination to welcome Juglans regia in your yard, however, I believe you would be better off, in this case, doing much less work. It is a large tree, and, eventually, ...
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Particle board for hugelkultur?

Particleboard is an engineered wood product composed of wood fibres and chunks mixed in with a binder and pressed flat. The wood fibre is just cellulose and will rot down, however the binder is the ...
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How do you treats ants in a raised Hügulkultur bed?

Without using pesticides, the only way to remove the ants is to remove the wood in the bed, because that's where they're living. They may eventually move into the raised bed's wooden sides, assuming ...
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What do I do with a Hügelkultur bed that contains black walnut?

The logs were very broken down and nearly falling apart. Then they're subject to decomposition, leave them alone! From the science, Degradation of juglone in water is pH dependent, it is strongly ...
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how do I modify the square foot gardening method for a community garden with mushrooms also?

The King Strophoria (Stropharia rugosa-annulata) (aka Wine Cap) is ideally suited for this. I'm not exactly sure why you would want manure under chips for the path - it seems like this would ...
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how do I modify the square foot gardening method for a community garden with mushrooms also?

Since mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of hidden mycelial networks then they don't suit the square foot gardening paradigm which allocates a square foot for different plants as mushrooms need to be ...
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Can I plant English Walnuts on earth berms above poorly draining clay soil?

Jamin, yes you can grow trees in berms. 94% of all plant roots get their chemistry and water from the top 6". Deeper roots are for support, not for sustenance. Your berm needs to be compacted get ...
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Can I use a palm tree log for Hugelkultur

If it is organic and dead it is decomposing. My problems with this Hugelkultur are; 1) As long as the decomposing is happening which will be years, the decomposers require lots of nitrogen and the ...
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