April 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm #256901
Hi everyone, we have a neighbour with a timber mill where we can get unlimited amounts of wood shavings, would this be OK to till into the soil before growing veggies? or use in the chicken coop? I would be inclined to only use it on the paths in the veggie garden, or put limited amounts on the compost heap!
any ideas?April 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm #523761
I’d love to have access to copious amounts of wood shavings!! They are great for clay-ish soils as they will break down in the soil and make it more friable. Peter Cundall used to have them on his paths in his veggie garden – as they got all trampled down and dirty, he would dig them out, put them on his veggie beds and replace the paths with new shavings. I’d just check whether they’re treated or not because I wouldn’t want nasty chemicals leaching into your soil and in turn into your veggies. Otherwise, go for it :tup:April 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm #523762
Hi, We have a mill and I use the sawdust in the poultry houses, in cattle stable and under rabbit areas. This great mix of manures and sawdust goes either into the compost or the worm farm and eventually onto the garden beds. I also have access to an old, very old, sawdust pile and have used this in the garden beds and it is fantastic in our sandy soils. I would not use it fresh from the mill though for your gardens.April 25, 2012 at 12:26 am #523763
I’d follow the path method, as a deep litter for animals (check the timber type and any treatments for compatibility with animals) or as a carbon source for a hot/cold compost.
I’d wager that if you were going to use wood shavings in the soil that they wouldn’t be as nutrient-dense as adding chipped branches/timber from a ‘tree lopper/line trimming’ truck. Plus the adage that there is a nitrogen-lockup in the soil once carbon is added to it. You could do like I did and grow green manures on it for 3-6 months to help balance that out.April 25, 2012 at 1:03 am #523764
I agree, wood shavings on the paths and once they are broken down, then they can be used in the garden with green manure crops grown.April 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm #523765
Mushroom bedApril 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm #523766
Ooh! a Mushroom bed is a good idea. An area I have not got into and want to.April 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm #523767
thank you so much for all your ideas! the wood shavings are still sitting on our trailer and waiting for my husband and me to agree on their usage, i would go with the peter cundall path in the vegie garden, but himself wants to digg it straight into the soil…. :shrug:April 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm #523768
I dug mulch directly into my bed as I was attempting to use what was available to build a garden as cheaply as possible. My profile pic is 10 months on from that.
My chip was aged, still woody and slowly turning dark/black. I then grew nitrogen-fixers as an annual crop (as well as millet) and added perennial red clover in spots too. I suppose a fertiliser could balance out the nitrogen draw-down from the shavings.
I still believe that in a nutrient-sense you could do better than shavings. It’s believed that branches and leaves of less than 75mm in diameter are the most nutrient-dense, which tend to be what comes out of tree trucks.
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