Wood Chips—The Secret to Effortless, Inexpensive Biodynamic Gardening
by Dr. Mercola
Tomorrow is the official first day of Spring! However, with spring comes the rains and with rain up sprout those enormous weeds invading your gardening plots! We hear countless horror stories of human vs. weeds struggling through back breaking labor and sore fingers. Worst of all, the labor of weed pulling seems to be in vain, the weeds seem to sprout right back up with the next rain shower. But don't give up hope yet! Theres a secret to eliminating weeds for good with less labor! Back to Eden gardeners worldwide are declaring their success to easier more effective weeding methods that are so simple they may just blow your mind!
In short, cover your bare ground with thick mulch and stop tilling! Don't forget that in areas with tenacious weeds you need apply the mulch deep enough to smother the weeds or the mulch will potentially increase the weed growth, acting as fertilizer! How thick should your mulch be? Back to Eden gardening founder Paul Guatschi recommends putting down 4 sheets of newspaper right on top of the weeds, dampen, then covering the area with at least 4-6 inches of wood chip mulch. In just about one month the weeds and newspaper will have decomposed into compost below the mulch and created fertile, clean soil below!
Read excerpts from the article Easy Gardening, No Weeding with Mulch, written by Tamara from The Reid Homestead below.
"In this article, I will explain the secret to easy gardening, no weeding! Gardening should be fun and therapeutic. It shouldn’t be all work! If you are working that hard where it is not enjoyable, you are doing something wrong! Often times, the weeds take over, and that is when folks give up. What if I were to tell you a simple gardening secret? Mulch! Mulch will prevent weeds, and benefit your plants in many ways as well!
There is a great article by The Old Farmer's Almanac that mentions Paul Gautschi and the Back to Eden Gardening method. Although we believe the stage of adding wood chips is not "optional" we are very happy to see the reference from such a reputable farming and gardening resource! Here is the reference:
"An optional extra stage is to top the compost with wood chips (or other organic matter such as hay), as popularized by organic gardener Paul Gautschi in his ‘Back to Eden’ method. Add the wood chips about two inches deep, making sure not to mix it into the compost beneath. Then simply push aside the wood chips to plant directly into the compost. This top layer helps slow down evaporation and gradually feeds the soil below, reducing the need for additional fertilizers."
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.almanac.com/video/no-dig-gardening-no-till-gardening