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RE: advice needed on mulch for paths

  • Subject: RE: [cg] advice needed on mulch for paths
  • From: "Jim Call" jimcall@casagarden.com
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 21:40:06 -0500

Since wood chips are delivered free to our garden, we use them.  I have the
tree folks calling me all the time looking for a place to dump their chips
somewhere otherwise they have to pay tipping fees at our local landfill.

We probably got 15 to 20 dump truckloads of chips dumped in our garden paths
and between the raised beds we created this year.

See at...   http://www.casagarden.com/grow.htm

In the tomato, cucumber, zucchini,  and squash rows, the wood chips you see
are about 15" to 20" deep! The vegetables are growing on rows raised the
same height.
We raised our rows this year to address drainage/soil compaction problems.
Problem solved.  I hope to double our yield this year now that these
problems are solved.

I understand the use of small rock/pea gravel in garden paths.  Since its so
hot in Alabama anyway, I like to use wood chips because it generates less
heat than rock.

Eventually, we may have to use bricks or crushed bricks in our walking paths
(I like Adam's posting) if they become too high from using wood chips. .

FYI - in reference to growing tomatoes upside down (previous postings), when
using standard 5 gal plastic buckets, make sure you secure them with extra
support (I used nylon rope since I had it available).  The wire handles
can't support the weight of the soil, water and the ever growing tomato
(hopefully bountiful) plant.  Two weeks ago, I found 2 of our planters on
the ground because the wire handles broke loose from the buckets.  I came
back later that day to re-engineer their support (they won't fall now).

Jim

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