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WHY THIS after 2 years Later Growing in WOOD CHIPS Mulch Gardening with Vegetables to help reduce weeds in nature PLUS growing & building soil. Using Oil Seed Radish


Jenn Meyer says:

Hey Mark! I've just found your videos and I'm really enjoying them and learning a lot. We just moved onto a 3 acre property a year ago and I have about 1.5 acres in the back that I want to convert into a veggie/flower garden. I am fascinated by your leaf compost system! My pasture is completely overrun by foxtails, goat heads, and various other horrible weeds! I don't want to till it and wood chips take too long to break down to make the space use-able any time soon…I'm wondering if the leaves would be a better solution?

Also, how did you get this deal in motion? Did you call and offer your property for the dumping or did they reach out to you?

Megiddo Jones says:

I see pickled daikon in my future. Yum!

7munkee says:

My soil in composted leaves, grass, flowers, straw, horsepoo, and kitchen scraps(egg shells, potato peels, coffee/tea grounds, etc) I built raised beds right on top of my yard. I didnt plant in-ground because I live on the side of a hill and the soil is all clay. When it rains I have 1-2 inches of standing water in my yard for most of the day and day after.

Sol Feinberg says:

I did something like this with strawberries in a raised bed surrounded by woodchips – but with the chips a bit lower and long borders. I planted strawberries in the beds where they didn't do so well (under raspberries and grapes) but the strawberries escaped and colonized the wood chips, where I put stepping stones to walk through the strawberries – they really like the chips. There might've been more water lower down. And the chips composted very fast. It was compacted gravel and water during rains. Now it's soil, with mulch and berries. And, when I dig up a plant, the gravel is soft to dig through. Originally needed full pick axe with the pick to dig! Now a hand spade goes through that layer.

Sol Feinberg says:

They pay you to bring the leaves! Yeah, baby. I drive around and grab those bags they pick up for the city to compost – sometimes I find ones that got lost – not quite in the right place to get picked up. What a deal! It's so ironic, for me. Because if you just pile those up for a bit, they turn into soil. Of course they can be composted – put in a pile with, say, vegetable scraps and turned occasionally. Or maybe left in a pile and raked out a year or two later – I'm sure there'd be fantastic soil underneath. I have a friend with the nicest soil / garden and she and her husband just collected the neighborhood leaves (after the neighbors raked them up and bagged them.).

Mr. Ken 6.5-06 longrange grdhog eliminator Miller says:

Has anyone ever planted those radish seeds in heavy clay soil, and how was the outcome.?……………………………Ken & Bev.

Tolba Szy says:

I think your wood chips are layered too thick to encourage plant roots to grow. I have seen fifty year old logging areas, where a sawmill was set up, and vegetation trying to grow on the thick bark, sawdust and wood scraps fifty years later, was stunted compared to the surrounding, second growth forest.

Zander says:

The Cutco Sandwich maker knife!

Eva Gomez says:

I use the white radishes in salads and soups.

Keith says:

I use the leaves from Autumn and create a 600mm (2 foott) layer, a thin cow poo cover then a 200mm(8 inch) layer of wood chip. I let this rest over the cold months and the depth drops. I plant out in early spring and the health of my plants are always good. The only issue I get are the slugs with seedlings but that can be easily controlled
.Good post thumbs up here

Jack Decker says:

If you go to sawmill you can get old dead saw dust it's same an ready for the last bit of breaking down back into soil or dirt

mrprosale says:

Great work. Someone else mentioned he uses Horse Manure onto the woodchips and it breaks down the wood chips in 5 month! Worth a try..

Tyr Loki says:

I assume "dirt" is soil?

kasey cash says:

Please I would like to have some of that seeds

Midsummer night says:

It's great when something can be a win, win situation for all involved.

Nancy Fahey says:

I bought a daicon radish from a store, ate half of it and stuck it in a pot to grow free seeds. Its growing like a champ.

dawn e says:

Excellent video!  It's wonderful to learn!  Never knew all the benefits of oil seed radishes.  What is your growing zone?  Are they cold weather tolerant?


If you don't mind putting some extra work in, you can get the leaves and wood chips to turn to dirt within 4 months or less because I have done it. I have a Kemp chipper/shredder with a 12 hp engine and a 1/2" screen. I take all my mail and junk mail and papers and shred them in a regular paper shredder, which shreds down to about 1" by 1/8", and I take those and throw them through the shredder with the leaves and branches without layering them. I just mix them together when mulching them. You could just throw your leaves and wood chips through the shredder and pile them 4'-5' high and let the pile heat up. When the pile starts cooling down I rake what is on the top off to the side so those will be on the bottom and rake some from the middle of the pile on top of those, then take my garden hose with a real small nozzle on the end and shoot water as deep as I can inside the pile, let the pile heat up again, and water the pile good maybe once a week and you it will surprise you how fast it turns to dirt, especially when it comes out of the shredder about 1/4"". The smaller the pieces start out in your pile the faster it turns to dirt. If you start out with small pieces you could just throw them down 6"-8" and it would take longer but they would mulch down anyway. I mulched with a pile and I was surprised the first time I did it like I said and it was dirt in less than 4 months and you couldn't even find the little wood chips, they were gone, except for what was on the top and sides, but that was some good mulch. I wish I could get my town to pay me to have them bring the leaves to me. Wow, that must be heaven. Good deal. It is extra work, but it isn't that bad, especially being retired, me too. Peace, man and good gardening.

carol parrish says:

Are these radishes different from regular Dakron radishes . I never heard of oil seed dakron radishes. Thanks for the tip of planting them in the Fall.

suzanna w says:

I was wondering if I could soe radishes now in upstate sc. Is it too late?

BetterYouBetterWorld V says:

hahaha youve talked your way into them paying you instead of you paying them nice 1 ;p

lヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ says:

get yourself a trowel. knives are for cutting, not digging.

75hilmar says:

Good experiment. Keep the info coming.

Barbara Rickman says:

Grew these radishes for the first time this fall. Had a lot of holes in the root when I pulled it ups from the giant pots I had them in. My husband ate the radishes and liked them. Found out that you can these, cook these or eat them raw in salad. Will plant them again next year as a year-end salad supplement.

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itsno1duh says:

Hi Mark Love your videos and the ongoing experiments!   Question…   I have built up berms and backfill of leaves and woodchips on a south facing incline to stop the soil at the base of trees from washing away!  My neighbor put in a HUGE driveway (years ago)that tilts toward my yard and in just one summer of the run off my dirt washed away filling the ditch at the street level 3 feet deep and 6 feet across!   So for 24 years I have been leaving my leaves and topping with free wood chips to cover.  No more soil loss and the layer is a sponge at least a foot deep! Our trees have been thinned a couple years ago allowing light and weeds to fill the front yard.  We are ready to spread grass seed but I was hoping to generate some greens for using in compost and garden beds.   Would it be OK to grow winter wheat there and then scythe it at some point before planting grass in the spring? Will the wheat improve the soil biome and the grasses environment?  Thx for any help.

Patti Hayden says:

What is the green fungi that grows in the wood chips?

Jerry Gottheil says:

Hello Mark,
Do you have the hoped for video of seeding winter rye into the area of the winter rye that was cut spring 2017?
I'm interested in what I'll have to do next fall in my garden.

vee2easy says:

good job on getting money for free organic matter for your garden.

usetube says:

Hi Mark, I've enjoyed your videos. Got a noob question for you:
Which direction do you align your crop rows on your farm? North-to-South, East-to-West, somewhere in between or maybe different depending on the crop?
Every spring I say to myself, 'this year I'm going to make clear rows and paths in the garden so I don't stomp all over everything and compact the soil', and then I end up planting pretty much everywhere or the let the volunteers grow where I might have planned a path ;P So if I actually do it this year, I'd like to know what the best alignment is. If it matters, I grow the typical garden stuff: tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans, potatoes, garlic, lettuce etc.
If you find time to answer, many thanks, if not thanks for all the ideas you share.

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