We decided to do a test on our new garden that has fresh wood chips. Will a crop thrive in our new garden area if we add some soil and compost? Or, will the soil and compost wash away and the new wood chips compete with the crop for nitrogen?
Crop: Onions (planted from bulbs)
Varieties: 1015Y Texas Supersweet (115 days) and Yellow Granex (100 days)
Why the test?
Wood chips work as a wonderful mulch for gardens. As wood chips break down, they also create a fertile environment for planting. Right now, we have 15 inches of fresh wood chips in the test area. The wood chips have not had time to break down. We have put a small mini-bed of soil and compost with our bulbs and covered that mini-bed with a generous layer of wood chips. However, will the soil wash down deeper into the bed, or will the onions have the nutrients and environment to thrive?