Sawdust Compost?


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    JustinH
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    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!!

    #44923

    charles
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    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.

    #45008

    JustinH
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    So I checked the sawdust today and this photo was what it looked like. Does it look decomposed enough to use for this application?

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    #45012

    Stringfellow
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    I would Justin, looks like good stuff. You’re gonna need a lot of sawdust for 30 acres! Best of luck with it.

    #45014

    charles
    Moderator

    I agree with Stringfellow, it’s lovely

    #45016

    Jacob Lockcuff
    Participant

    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 luck

    #45017

    JustinH
    Participant

    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.

    #45020

    Neilfrazerm
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    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.

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