Be careful what you wish for... Hydro asked me if they could give us some chips while they were cleaning up the trees around here, well I ended up with 3 giant piles! My husband wasn't too pleased but I'm pretty happy .
Other then using them to control weeds in all our perennial gardens, I'm thinking about putting them into the veggie garden too.
Right now I'm re-claiming our veg garden (just moved in last year), as it's mostly weeds, but at once point in the not-to-distant-past was an obviously well producing farm-house garden, so no beyond hope.
I'm thinking about piling chips over the soil to control weeds; has anyone done this & what was your experience?
(amount of chips it would take is no object!!)
Any ideas as to what this might do for my soil in the coming years, it's heavy clay loam.
Our other option is very old hay that's been left in the barn, I have to get rid of it anyway but this is actually a total PITA to get OUT in a big amount and we use it for bedding for the cows.
We have a LOT of stinging nettles in the garden, which I'm sure anyone can imagine, is not very pleasant. That's mostly what I'm interested in controlling, everything else isn't a big deal.
We're an organic farm so no pesticide suggestions please .