How I Prepare My Vegetable Garden Beds Using Wood Chip

How I Prepare My Vegetable Garden Beds Using Wood Chip

This video explains how I prepare our garden beds with horse manure and this time I’m using woodchip as a top mulch.

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  1. Maila Loomy on November 18, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Do it yourself , go to woodprix website and learn how to make it.

  2. Mags V on November 18, 2019 at 5:38 am

    You said, "wow to go" he he he instead of, "go to wow", love watching your new and older shows Mark, your my biggest inspiration in my own garden even thou im in Melbourne and the weather is different.

  3. david fenton on November 18, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for sharing. Bed preparation seems to be the most important part of successful gardening. One of the most important distinctions in life is not just what works but what works best. Charles Dowding has done experiments, weighing produce over the years comparing dug in compost verses not dug in. His results are pretty much the same but the amount of work done on the no dig beds is way less and he seems to be getting a little more produce. Charles, like you has a wonderful YT channel.

    Establishing and maintaining a good environment for microbiology in the soil is foundational and hence a main aim. This mostly equates to air, moisture and temperature. Raised beds with mulch drain well, have room for air and maintain a steady temperature. Healthy plants will feed the soil food web via their root exudates and things take care of themselves. (hopefully)

    A couple of years back I watched a vid by Elaine Ingham, A PhD who is at the cutting edge of soil biology knowledge. Plants excrete specific sugars (exudates) which feed just the right soil bacteria to get the nutrients the plant needs when the bacteria die. A key to a naturally nutritious soil is having living plant roots in the soil, as much as possible and a you beaut environment for micro-biology.

    My view of the world of plants, gardening agriculture and soil changed dramatically one day a couple of years ago when on a whim I watched an Elaine Ingham vid on youtube. It could have been this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2H60ritjag

    Cheers and keep sharing.

  4. Brian Ayres on November 18, 2019 at 5:39 am

    Back to Eden is the best way. But mate don’t dig or plow. Just lay 8inches of wood chips over your weeds. No digging. Watch full video on YouTube called Back to Eden on Paul Gautschi. Mate proof is in the pudding. Plus using animal manure is not that good these days. unless it is organic because the farmers are putting too much growth hormones and antibiotics into their animals and that will kill your vegetables and worms.

  5. Eagle Grip on November 18, 2019 at 5:43 am

    A(12:18) So, your neighbor has a horse but doesn’t share the horse manure
    with you. eh? Well, most people would think it’s a good thing, to have
    a neighbor who doesn’t give you any sh*t. ROTFL!
    Excellent presentation! Thank you!

  6. Nikki Bond on November 18, 2019 at 5:43 am

    do you ever use dolomite lime? @self sufficient me

  7. Joshua Newbill on November 18, 2019 at 5:45 am

    You just dint want glyphosate from the grain fed race horses, that is because they have weak bones and break legs,because instead of having glycine all thought the body, all the glyphosate mimics glycine, and messes with the protien synthesis of cartilage. The grain and grasses that the track uses for race horse are grains and if not organic, pesticides filled.
    Love your vidoes , cheers to all your hard work and all the info you have helped me and continue to spread help.

  8. Nora Lewis on November 18, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Good content delivered in a personable way good job making it not only interesting but inspiring

  9. Adox Artist on November 18, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Genius, using a pot as a scoop! I know just the pot that’s gonna fill this role for me tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Cimarron Pass Homestead on November 18, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Wow! We have that weed here in the USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Accept I like it bcz it makes good ground coverage in certain needed places and it puts off a pretty little blue violet two peddle flower. Thx! For your great video! God bless! I love your channel! I love the variety.

  11. Toffee BlueNose on November 18, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Veg grown in water has no taste but grow them in shit the tastes is like the old days and give your pallet something to savour.

  12. J-Deezy on November 18, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Aren’t you hurting the worms and bacteria when you’re chopping that soil aren’t you chopping up everything that’s been building up the last year when you do that it’s like you’re starting over every year I think you’re better off leaving it alone chopping the green that you don’t want the top laying it down cover it with wood chips and by wood chips I mean leaves needles and twigs not the thick pieces of wood from the tree that’s different material buy wood chips I mean the stuff that falls from the trees annually naturally in nature to feed the forest floor best to leave needles and twigs that’s what nature uses to feed the forest floor if we’re going to duplicate nature that’s what we should do not use our own imagination as to what material we can use yes all trees will work but your best bet is to do what nature does the bigger the wood the longer it’s going to take the break down the more nitrogen is drain and less nutrients to give

  13. Aaron Mineeff on November 18, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Whatโ€™s that target doing there lol good work. Have a horse I just continually put on garden good stuff

  14. WarriorCult TV on November 18, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Hello, can you use any kind of wood for compost/mulching? is it better to use hardwood for example? or avoid others? cheers, Great channel!

  15. Anne Mild on November 18, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Hi. Just wonder what sort of wood do you use? Pine or leaf wood?

  16. Kevin James Parr on November 18, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Good man tries all to succeed I like him. English Baronet gardener never too old to learn.Just love my gardens and love to talk with those with similar interest

  17. Zeff on November 18, 2019 at 5:52 am

    your blood and bone on top might even be a kind of slow release with each rain or watering just washing bits down, curious whether you noticed any difference during that growing season vs putting onto friable soil

  18. Jerome Sutton on November 18, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Hey Mark, get "used" woodchip from calf raising pens and you wont believe the growth you will get. If it has already composted a bit then it wont burn your seedlings.

  19. Free Spirit on November 18, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Wood chips are great! They wont deplete nutrients as long as you dont dig them in. They will make your soil beautiful no need to ever till again and your weeds will be a lot less and the ones that come will pop out easily ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. TheMeiliken on November 18, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Which is better? Saw dust, or wood chips?

  21. Nina Nina on November 18, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I like your advise about weeds.

  22. alien hiabov on November 18, 2019 at 6:04 am

    20:07 (horse fart) haha

  23. Ron Ward on November 18, 2019 at 6:04 am

    High heat time cured horse manure spread into soil before for mature plants or tea horse manure with sensible mix if dry manure preferably waterproof bag in sun method ripe without prolonged exposure or chemical absorption from plastic, other forms ?

  24. king james488 on November 18, 2019 at 6:08 am

    I’d bet it has more to do with the manure than the wood chips, manure is the best and I’ve always had excellent results with horse manure(sheep too).

    good stuff working weeds in to prepare a bed though, I always just till everything in at the beginning of the season and leave it to rot down for a week or so then plant. builds the soil.
    w.e you do you’ll get weeds, don’t let them take your nutrients. let them sprout and work them into the soil while young unless they root easily, then either let them wilt in the sun first or toss em, seeds contain nutrients that are locked away until they sprout.

    should talk to your neighbor about some manure… maybe offer them some of your extra produce, I’m sure they’d even appreciate some extra feed for their horses.

  25. xxblatxx on November 18, 2019 at 6:10 am

    sounds like a hard day in the office ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Tin Can on November 18, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Thanks for all your great tips Mark! One thing I would to comment on, always wear a mask when spreading the bone meal. There was a women in England who contracted made cow disease from inhaling the bone meal dust as she spread it, so always be safe!

  27. heidigib01 on November 18, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Is it ok to use weeds in compost? I always heard they would just grow more?

  28. Miss Honey on November 18, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Aww thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ˜‚ just pop out to the throne….be back in a jiffy ๐Ÿ˜‚

  29. Svetla Nikolova on November 18, 2019 at 6:13 am

    The wood chips in Paul’s garden come from the chicken pen . Those wood chips are a combo of green and brown from the branches mixed with chicken poo!
    The chicken poo itself is highly organic because Paul feeds them a lot of veggies. So Paul’s definition of wood chips for his vegetable garden is not the same as your definition!

  30. Vee Friend on November 18, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Some nice hints. I too don’t use bone meal as one can’t trust the quality. If the bones are from grass-fed cows, fine. But who’s to know, unless it’s organic.

  31. Ace McLoud on November 18, 2019 at 6:13 am

    PSA: The peeing horse is at 22:54

  32. Home Grown Veg on November 18, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Hello Mark. Just been to my local seashore and collected this years seaweed. I think seaweed contains every trace element known to man and probably a few more besides. And what’s more, it’s free! This is my ‘go to’ fertilizer of choice and so easy to prepare and use. My soil is just getting better and better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJa2DeJPFkc&t=841s

  33. The Cape Outdoor Review and Adventures on November 18, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Mouse between your legs , behind you on 5:31

  34. Sally Ride on November 18, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Your dog has fleas!

  35. Denise Brady on November 18, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Great video & really enjoyed it. Thank goodness finally Aussie video in my country & climate. Are you Northside Brisbane ??
    I have a great backyard garden – raised beds & only a couple of fruit trees but hey it works for us. You have really helped me with your videos. Cheers Denise Brady Geebung Brisbane.

  36. Linda Sands on November 18, 2019 at 6:16 am

    That weed you showed looks like ‘wandering jew’ (I didn’t name it! ๐Ÿ˜) Hard to get rid of.
    The bain weed in my gardens is wild sorrel. It was imported with a truckload of sand
    Thanks for all your videos ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Bernie Delaney on November 18, 2019 at 6:18 am

    You need to get a longer shovel / hoe handle lad

  38. naynaygator ty on November 18, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I have used a sifter, to give friends a good start with a gunny bag of horse manure ๐Ÿ˜of course after its aged

  39. Ron Ward on November 18, 2019 at 6:26 am

    Setting up a long-term new organic style orchard, we set up deep holes first. We were re-earthing an asphalt playground that had been there for quite awhile. Once the asphalt was broken-up by a machinery we started pulling the big chunks of asphalt where deep holes(4-6 ft) were dug. We added lots of wood chips from hardwood sources, not pine or conifers generally. Large amounts of woody debris deep in the holes will facilitate not only nutrient uptake, but provide a great amount of water-retention. This is also a carbon source when those roots finally are going deep years down the road. Now I would recommend the long-term mineral-greensand base nutrients that are not short-term, but long-term and can be extra rich. These are slow-release, meant to be a base for the growing trees once they have rooted into this layer as they age. Spread liberally across this layer up to about 3-6 inches or so. Now a richer soil mix can be added to crate a great soil medium of compost, manure layer. Next a good mix of the local tilled earth, this was well drained soil medium in this site, not enriched, but was a good grainy, well drained, granitic mix natural to this upland site. Liberally added this formed the rooting layer and natural component that was under the original playground. The final stretch was a store bought organic topsoil proven to be good for the species of peaches, apricots, cherry trees, etc. Then a mix of the original grainy local soil with remaining top-soil just to stimulate a good mix for beginning few years of the tree growth. Lastly came the grafted bare-root trees of various fruiting trees planted carefully to match the depth and direction of the individual trees as directed and as their form matches the outlying area and boundaries. Being in very full sun and high temp site, watering the first few years was important to first water them in and form a continuous soil medium by steady, slow fill-ups of the basins and mulched areas that topped the holes with a rim or watering trough approximately up to 3-4 ft from the stems. For an extra little touch cosmos seeds in small increments were added to add a unique touch to those basins. The peaches were excellent, juicy and large this summer as the owners treated me to the fruits of our labors! (3-5 years down the road or so).

  40. Mamma Kaye Lee on November 18, 2019 at 6:31 am

    My daughter and I raise goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. When we clean the pens, paddocks, and beneath the hutches, we save that manure and mix it with our mulch. So far it works great in the garden. We do have access to horse and cow manure, but so far have not bothered to get any. Maybe in a couple of months.

  41. B Craig Phelps on November 18, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Mark, you are working too hard! The use of wood chip mulch is all you want, forget about wasting your hard earned money supplementing your soil with additives. You are making me sweat just watching you. Keep it simple and stupid. Back to Eden method.

  42. Abufaza3_Gam3r on November 18, 2019 at 6:32 am

    I like british accent

  43. Charles Waters on November 18, 2019 at 6:33 am

    I have an unlimited supply of horse feces. I guess it’s brown gold really!

  44. Teale Britstra on November 18, 2019 at 6:33 am

    The blue-flowered plant is Scurvy Weed (Commelina sp.). Used by early settlers and indigenous Australians as a leafy green vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked. Tastes like, well, leafy green vegetable. The blue flowers are favoured by native bees – especially the blue-banded variety. The edible part is the growing tips (the first couple of leaves).

  45. Sansomโ€™s Pressure Cleaning & Pool Service on November 18, 2019 at 6:34 am

    You need to ask your neighbor.๐Ÿ˜Š as a good book says he who ask will receive.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป God bless thank you for all your super videos.

  46. Brett Dman on November 18, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Please ask your local horse farm for manure. We gladly give it away free. You pull up in a truck or a trailer and we will fill it full, as many times as you want. Bring in your own bags and fill it yourself, or most of the times we have hundreds of bags that we recycle from horse food.

  47. PenisMcWhirtar on November 18, 2019 at 6:35 am

    17:00 – I watched this moment with bated breath – didn’t spill one woodchip!!! ใƒฝ(ยดใƒผ๏ฝ€)ใƒŽ

  48. Sweet Vuvuzela on November 18, 2019 at 6:36 am

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=477

    Have a read of this if your planning to use manure or hay

  49. Julie from the Jungles of Oomba Boomba on November 18, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Wonderful garden!

  50. Marthy Mesa on November 18, 2019 at 6:37 am

    D
    Helo friend from USA. Do you have problems with white flies plagues taking over your Garden during summer? What do u do to control it?

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