12th February 2018 at 3:44 am #44920
Hi Charles, I am new to the no dig method of gardening. After purchasing 30 acres to just find out it is extremely rocky, i discovered your youtube videos and found them encouraging. So the question is I have unlimited supply from a local sawmill of well rotted sawdust, this sawdust is said to be “10 years old and starting to turn back into dirt”. Would this be a good foundation to start a no dig garden on then top it with about 3 inches or so of horse manure compost that i collect from my horses? Thanks Please help!!12th February 2018 at 9:14 am #44923
Lucky you Justin, that old sawdust sounds an excellent mulch, especially with the horse-manure compost on top.
Your rocks won’t go away but they will trouble you less with no dig.15th February 2018 at 11:51 pm #45008
So I checked the sawdust today and this photo was what it looked like. Does it look decomposed enough to use for this application?
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.16th February 2018 at 8:24 am #45012
I would Justin, looks like good stuff. You’re gonna need a lot of sawdust for 30 acres! Best of luck with it.16th February 2018 at 12:48 pm #45014
I agree with Stringfellow, it’s lovely16th February 2018 at 3:42 pm #45016
I’m excited to see the progress of this. You don’t see many people doing no dig farms as big as 30 acres! Good luck17th February 2018 at 4:13 pm #45017
Oh Jacob! No i was just saying out of 30 acres its all to rocky to use lol. I’m going to do a no dig garden about 1 acre which is will be a trial garden to see how it goes. If i can get everything to work well i will add to it every year intil i get the size i want for the future.Defiantly not doing a full 30 acre garden lol.17th February 2018 at 9:53 pm #45020
Hi Jacob, I’ve been there and it works…
Many years ago We had a family business making kitchen-ware turned from wood. We composted the shavings and sawdust by throwing it into a fruit cage along with anything else which had grown and was smaller in diameter than a small finger. Over the years the surface height grew by about 5′ taller than the starting point.
I believe that the rasps liked it as they grow, in nature, in boggy slightly acidic land. Anyway, these canes had to be be bent over to keep them inside the fruit cage!
Good luck with the project.26th May 2018 at 8:53 pm #46961
That sounds good. Do I need to add anything to the sawdust before mulching the raspberries? I have mulched my blueberies with sawdust and they seem to like it although I am not sure they have produced 50% more fruit has suggested by John Bond in his book.
I have only given the raspberries blackjack and compost mulches. Per my lottie neighbour my raspberries have been growing in the same place for around 20 years so it will be good to give them a boost although they are still productive. It is a wilderness of canes intermingled with chard, strawberries and couch but my plans for a new fruit garden have been thwarted until I get and prepare another suitable plot.26th May 2018 at 9:26 pm #46962
we just threw in what we had. If it helps bolster your confidence, the wood shavings we used were exclusively hardwood. I’m guessing you have softwood so should rot quickly, especially if the fresh stuff is spread over the rotting stuff so that the fungi doing the rotting is in close contact with the fresh material..27th May 2018 at 2:37 am #46963
Thanks for the rapid reply Neilfrazerm. I get a binbag a week from woodturning, mostly oak along with other hardwoods. I have always been a bit nervous about liberally spreading it around because I have seen so many references to such sources “depleting the soil”. Logically I should have more concerns about using horse manure but ideas like manure good, free stuff bad seem to get ingrained into my thinking.
The thunder and lightning are just edging away now so the soil will be wet, warm and ready for a good mulch. I currently have 1.75 dalek compost bins full of sawdust and will be pleased to free the space for my next batch of comfrey compost. So Win win all round.
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