I'm posting this here because I thought it'd be relevant to organic farming in general.
First, I'd like to ask about mulching with wood chips or any carpenter waste. I've never used wood as a mulch so any advice is greatly welcomed. Size of pieces, if sawdust works and also the issue of wood harboring bacteria that sucks the nitrogen out of the soil (or so I've read).
Second, here in Lebanon we can get large bags of sheep/goat (not sure which one) manure that is usually over-wintered and half composted. I wanted to ask how I can incorporate that into my wood mulch.
Should I layer them with moist newspaper? I'm guessing, Compost (manure), newspaper, then wood.
The purpose of it all is to ready the soil for my cover-crop project.
Our large garden has basically been stripped of a lot of the organic material in the soil. And I'm attempting to regenerate the soil health using cover crops.
Also, I'm trying to encourage helpful insects and animals to control the rancid pests we have all over (pincher-bugs, snails, slugs, aphids, while flies and a whole bunch of other unknown pests.
Add to that the diseases (including that horrible soil virus that deforms plant parts and stunts growth).
Although all the issues I just listed should be tackled in separate and more detailed threads, any advice on those too are highly welcomed!
For now, I guess mulch and compost should be a start to heal the soil.
Thanks in advance!