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Using fresh wood chips in garden paths

Using wood chips in garden paths

Mom: "What are you going to do with your big pile of wood chips?"

Anna: "Put them in the garden."

Mom: "Won't they burn the plants?"

Anna: "Not if I keep them in the aisles!"

At our first homestead, we chose to mow grassy pathways between permanent beds because it was just too tough to haul in supplies. But here, cardboard and wood chips appear to be copious and free for the asking. So I'm layering the former then the latter between my beds to kill weeds and slowly build soil. I'll be sure to keep you posted if the raw wood chips cause problems placed so far from my plants.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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What about attracting termites?
Comment by Nayan Wed May 9 08:36:09 2018
From what I've read, wood chips won't attract termites. They like to live in a sealed environment where they control light and humidity. They can't seal up all the gaps in a pile of wood chips. They much prefer nice solid trees, logs and houses.
Comment by Darren Collins Wed Aug 1 06:23:50 2018





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