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Wood chip garden paths revisited

Wheelbarrow of wood chips

Three months ago, we had unmulched aisles and a huge pile of Big pile of wood chipswood chips (right). Now two thirds of the aisles are mulched and the pile is all gone (above).

I've been very, very pleased with my mulched aisles, actually. The weeding pressure is dramatically reduced since there's no need to root out plants trying to creep from the aisles into the garden beds. And the unwatered perennials have done better than I thought they would during dry periods, presumably because of moisture held beneath the wood chips and accessible to plant roots.

I guess the only question left is --- how hard will I have to work to track down another dump-truck load of chipped trees? Living right beside the road has definitely helped my garden thrive!

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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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Call your power company, see where there crews are clearing power lines. Go and bribe them with whatever it takes to bring you a load. Otherwise the municipal folks will let you load it yourself on your truck.
Comment by wewally Wed Aug 1 12:52:48 2018
Have you had problems with termites in the wooded much paths?
Comment by Nayan Wed Aug 1 13:54:09 2018
Try if you haven't yet.
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