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Jenn Hanna says:

to do a tree type mulch what kind of trees should b used? i live in pacific northwest?

me myself and I says:

Question if can I plant a cover crop in late winter early spring and plant vegetables right after that I didn't do the least mold in my garden this fall I was wondering if I can do cover crop in the spring

me myself and I says:

Do you plant any vegetables in this cover crop

me myself and I says:

Do you plant them both rye and sunflowers together?

Lee Brown says:

when you start a new area and cover with chips do you put down paper or cardboard? I have cardboard to do mine with but if I'm doing it this fall and no weeds would be growing anyways.

saucercrabzero says:

Really excited about this series, you do a tremendous job of explaining exactly what's going on in a way that none of the other permaculture channels do, valuable as they are. Also really great to see the utility of tractors and powered farm tools in this kind of organic farming system, it's intimidating to look at sustainable farming as all scythes and rakes all the time. Thank you very much for your detailed videos, I am recommending you to all my farming friends.

joyce jay says:

Mark – Did I tell you yet? Some of those seeds I planted directly on top of the wood chips did sprout and produce plants! (Romaine and red leaf lettuce)
I had put at least a foot of wood chips down two years prior. So this past April, I believe, I sprinkled cool weather crop seeds onto of the wood chips. They took a long time to sprout. I only watered them a couple times and it did rain some, but eventually some of the romaine and red leaf did sprout! In other words, the seeds did not have contact with the soil at all. It did waste a lot of seed, so this would not be economically doable for large scale planting like you do. But it was surprising that some grew!
Further, I let one of those three romaine plants go to seed bc I'd like to see if they will volunteer without my help.

joyce jay says:

Hi Mark! I started watching this series you did on the Soil Food Web AGAIN. Trying hard to digest and understand it. Now and then I've been sending a link (to this series) to friends. I just noticed you use two different YT channel names. This is confusing me when I tell people your channel name. Is there an easy way to keep this straight? Do I tell people to search for "I AM ORGANIC GARDENING" or "I am NJ ORGANIC"???

Josh S says:

love your passion man..

AmeriJam Acres says:

have you considered planting some of the seeds into the wood chips or leaves to see what happens? some of those large seeds might germinate just fine in the chips without exposing the soil at all.

tsx3214 says:

So your winter rye dies off in the Spring, then you plant your food crop in the Spring without the use of a rototiller?

joyce jay says:

I'm in Colorado. I have a medium size garden. Someone in my area told me that he did in fact plant the seeds directly into the wood chips with great success. I do not know what he planted. I've not seen his garden, but upon that exciting possibility, I tried it. I planted peas, but after 2-3 weeks it seemed to me they were not going to sprout, so I dug the little trench and replanted my peas. In the process of digging the little trench, I found one of the pea-seeds and it had a nice sprouting start!!
So, I think if I had waited longer it could have worked. I will have to talk to that guy who is doing it here in my area and get more info, but I would not rule out planting directly into the wood chips. The lettuces and radishes I planted into the wood chips clearly did not yet sprout. Maybe the size of the seed has something to do with this also? I will replant the tiny seeds into trenches.
Maybe it's worth trying direct into the wood chips planting here and there in small patches as an experiment with larger seeds because it's less work. And hey, I'm wondering… in nature seeds fall directly onto the wood chips and maybe the ones that snuggle down a bit deeper do sprout and take root? Any comments? Anyone else willing to try this out? (Thanks for your great videos!)

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