[permaculture] Re: Branches and small diameter wood

Loren Davidson loren at farwalker.com
Wed Mar 26 13:46:19 EST 2003

At 11:17 AM 3/26/03 -0700, Scott Pittman wrote:
>I am fortunate to have a landfill that will chip my trimmings and reload 
>it in my truck gratis.  I use these chips for walkways in the garden and 
>to mulch fruit trees.  I am concerned about bringing home disease or bugs 
>from someone elses' garden, but, knock on wood, hasn't happened yet.  It 
>takes a few years for this to break down further even tho it is in the wet 
>zone of our kitchen garden, worms seem to prefer it under the walkways of 
>chipped wood to the straw mulch of the planting beds.  The soil under the 
>walkways is richer than the beds after three years, but we are not mining 
>the nutrients of this zone with plants. Perhaps I should rotate the beds 
>and walkways.

Why not just plant right next to the walkways and let your plants send 
roots underneath to mine the nutrients? It seems like a logical extension 
of the gardening practice of growing heavy feeders like tomatoes next to a 
compost pile/bin. If you use Zone 1/2 plants, particularly edibles, you 
create "food walkways" and improve placement of things needing care this 
way. The only downside I see is if you use plants that require a lot of 
pruning to keep from overgrowing your walkways...but you could just plant 
those a little bit further back.


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