I added wood chips to my food forest garden as mulch.
I thought they would build up the soil and keep in moisture.
friend Rebecca who has a really wonderful food garden told me I had
made a common garden mistake.
The wood chips would leach valuable
nutrients from my soil and stop the plants being adequately feed.
What to do?
Rebecca gave me a plan.
First I was to saturate the soil with seaweed emulsion.
headed down to the local garden store and found that seaweed emulsion
in the containers you attach to your hose was not expensive.
The garden was given a good soaking with this container attached to my hose connection.
Next I put compost on top of the garden areas covered in wood chips.
watering to activate the compost and and then banana leaves from
Rebecca's own tree were placed on top of the compost areas to protect
while my soil was strengthened.
Finally I added a bag
of leaves from Rebecca's garden on top of the banana leaves to make them
more stable and hosed everything one last time.
My neat garden has gone but lots of rich soil is underway to nourish and feed my wonderful food plants.