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Sawdust As A Soil Builder

Discussion in 'Composting & Soil Building' started by freedhardwoods, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. Sep 16, 2014
    Nyboy

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    Bay you are a mind reader LOL
     
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    canesisters

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    The 'situation' was that I had no tiller and a desire to produce produce ( sHa_hehe.gif ) for myself and some friends. As usual, my idea was more than my pocketbook or my body could fulfill. The garden shrank - I learned a BUNCH - the plans changed - I learned a BUNCH MORE.... It's still a work in progress (like they all are).
    http://www.theeasygarden.com/threads/from-comunity-garden-into-first-try-at-a-garden.11824/

    This year's garden was back in the same 15' circle. But 'Rotmore II' is almost ready right beside it. The posts are going in for the chicken run/moat. And I'm still having a great time working on it. thumbsup.gif
     
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    bobm

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    For those that have used or consider using sawdust from a cabinet shop ... that sawdust is mostly from melemine ( hard plastic coating) glued to plywood that contains wood particles that is held together with glue. Also hardwoods --- mostly red oak, cedar, alder, birch , cherry, walnut , bamboo ( held together with glue ) as well as some exotic imported woods for custom cabinets.
     
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    canesisters

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    Hum, I guess it's the melemine that gives my garden that light fluffy soil. Kinda like the beads in potting soil. thumbsup.gif I can bury by arm almost up to my elbow just by working my hand into it.
    Well whatever it is, the plants LOVE it. I'm able to grow, in a 15' circle, more than I have been able to process. Can't wait to get the 2nd and 3rd circles going.
     
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    Nyboy

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    Cane send some melemine to me, I can't get a fingernail passed mine. So wish I had your soil.
     
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    canesisters

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    Just run down to Walmart and pick up the biggest entertainment center you can find. Then spend a couple of weeks putting it together. Sit it out in your garden. Five mins after the first rain starts, you'll have the start of a pile of lovely, fluffy compost. sSig_rofl.gif
    Actually, most of my soil is clay that is hard as a brick when its dry and sticky enough to add 3" to my height when it's wet.
    I still say that you need some chickens.
    1. They provide pre-fertailzed wood shavings to use in your compost
    2. They make weeding fun. I call it 'harvesting' when I collect a 5gal bucket full of 'mixed field greens' for my girls.
    3. I don't mind so much when I go out and find that half of yesterday's 'almost there' tomatoes have suddenly gone soft and yucky because now they're simply fuel for the egg machines.
     
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    bobm

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    The melemine is a hard plastic manufactured from oil through the wonders of chemistry .
     
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    freedhardwoods

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    I knew big factories used melamine. I didn't think about smaller shops using it. The Amish shops in my area don't build cheap cabinets with melamine in them.

    Wood chips take a lot longer to break down and rot than sawdust does. Tilling in sawdust works well if you add nitrogen to help it break down. Many no-till gardeners put wood chips on top of the soil as mulch.
     
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    freedhardwoods

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    Interesting thread about starting your garden.

    On the job learnin' is always better than book learnin'.
     
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    baymule

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    Great minds run in the same compost pile. :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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