General benefits of mulch
There are numerous types (mulch types) of vegetable garden mulch that are beneficial. Putting out mulch has the following benefits:
With all of these benefits, there is a vegetable garden mulch that does even more. Ramial chipped wood mulch, the mulch made by chipping up small green branches and twigs, is hugely beneficial to the garden. The best news is, tree trimming companies usually have to pay for dumping their wood chips in a landfill, and would probably deliver a load or two to you for free! When they delivered mine, the truck was small enough to maneuver to the back of my driveway by my backyard gate.
Special benefits of RCW mulch
What makes Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW) the perfect vegetable garden mulch?
Lignin and stable humus
Lignin is a sugar structure that gives trees and plants their natural rigidity. Lignin in larger branches is very hard for fungi and bacteria to break down. However, the lignin in small branches and twigs is less mature and can be broken down by a few species of protozoa and bacteria, and especially by the Basidiomycetic group of fungi. These fungi build carbon into polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates), which contribute to the soil’s humus content. Some of these polysaccharides are incorporated into stable humus, which utilize soil water to “glue together” fine soil particles, building a crumbly, friable structure necessary to good soil.
So little is known about fungi, and in the past their value as decomposers of dead wood has been overlooked. However, when Basidiomycete fungi and RCW from hardwood trees or bushes unite to produce stable humus, it creates a most fertile soil.
Basidiomycetes contain enzymes that are able to break down lignin in wood. Only lignin from hardwood (climacic deciduous) trees and bushes can be transformed into stable humus. Shelf fungi, as seen in the picture, are the most efficient at producing stable humus.
Animal manures, (manure compost) green manures (green manure page) and composts (compost pile basics) are converted into short-lived humus, which is a food source for bacteria. These bacteria become dormant in the winter. However, Basidiomycetic fungi that break down ramial chipped wood continue their work in the winter. Mushrooms, puffballs, shell fungi, and stinkhorns are just a few of the 30,000 species of Basidiomycetic fungi. Like mushrooms, they all form large often dome-like structures that they use for reproduction and releasing of spores into the air.
For years now I have given my lawn and garden a boost by applying liquid humic acid, mixed with ocean trace minerals. These humic acids jump start the soil building process by gluing together fine soil particles, building a crumbly friable soil structure, while the ocean trace minerals supply an incredible buffet of micronutrients which have long since leached out of our soils.
The best of both worlds
Most farms and gardens today use biodynamic practices that feed soil bacteria with organic matter, creating short-lived humus. What if we were to add pedogenesis (forming stable humus to build the soil) to the equation? It would give us the BEST way to produce food worldwide while preserving soil fertility and ecosystem diversity. Yes, simply by adding traditional organic matter to the soil to feed bacteria, and then adding ramial chipped wood to feed the fungi, we create an incredible soil.
This is what I do in my garden. I have compost piles where bacteria break down leaves, garden residue, grass, landscape trimmings, and kitchen scraps. Each spring I spread this compost over my ramial chipped wood. The rains then carry it down to the soil. My RCW grows fungi which builds stable humus, and my compost supplies short-life humus.
With all of this fertility, the only thing that is lacking is a good source of some important trace minerals, Many of the trace minerals have been washed from our soils down to the ocean. Because of this, neither compost nor ramial chipped wood contain them. Why not recycle these minerals back from the ocean to our soils? The best product I have found for this is concentrated liquid sea minerals.
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1. Ramial Chipped Wood
2. RCW solves gardening
3. RCW helps create
the perfect soil
4. RCW for bushes, trees
5. RCW creates a perfect
6. Growing soil with RCW
by incorporating in soil
7. Getting free RCW, and
which trees work best
8. Applying RCW
After extensive research, the items in this right column are ones that my family and I have found useful, and I trust
that they may be helpful to you as well.
Concentrated sea minerals,
blended with herbs,
and olive oils.