I’m Kaye, and I’m a late bloomer. (whistling logo music) After I spent the first six months digging up my hard clay soil four years ago, I learned about no-till gardening. And everyone said, “You’ve got to get… a truckload of wood chips for your garden.” So, every time I hear the wood chipper in the neighborhood, I run out… and I say… “Would that be good for my garden?” And they say, “Oh, no…this is ficus, no good, no good for the garden.” So, okay, okay….so, Well, I got some shavings from my neighbor’s stump of his uh, acacia tree. It wasn’t the same, but it was it was okay… but, it didn’t have the, the tree mulch. But, let me tell you what happened this week. Oh, my gosh! Ha, ha, ha, ha, That’s okay… Does that open any more on that side? No. Okay. Uh, oh. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Uh… (he yells in Spanish) Oh, boy! I need…I need to get Eric over here. Ha, ha, ha. (he yells in Spanish) Oh my gosh. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Well, I asked for wood chips! Ha, ha, ha, I got wood chips! Tell me your name. Jerry. Jerry? Oh, okay. What’s your name? Manuel. Manuel. Manuel? Nice to meet you, Manuel. Thank you for my…oh, my gosh… Where are we going to park the car? Ha, ha, ha. That’s a good one, right? It’s elm? Yes. It’s an elm tree? Once it dries, it’s going to be good for the plants. Oh, that’s great! Awesome! Thanks, guys!! Ha, ha, ha. The idea of no-till gardening certainly appealed to me after spending countless, backbreaking hours, digging up my hard, clay soil and screening it, that first yearo of converting my lawn to an edible garden. I got the idea from the tree service guys who took down my neighbor’s dead acacia tree in 2014, that fresh, cut chips were too nitrogen-rich to put on plants right away. They kindly loaded up my wheelbarrow five times and dumped the ground up tree stump chips on my driveway, which I left there for a year! Ha, ha. Rain just washed all that nitrogen run-off to the storm drain, instead of going on my garden. Next morning, we discussed what we were going to do with it. As it was, there was no room for a car in the driveway. (background voices) (soft guitar music) The reason that this mulch is so great for, uh, breaking down, is because there’s leaves, there’s twigs, there’s bark, there’s wood chips, and that presents a lot of air in between, uh, the pieces for… worms, and, you know, it’s much healthier for the soil, for your garden, than bark, as mulch. But,… you’ve got to let this rot and break down. So, that’s thing, it’s going to be sitting here for six months unless I move it. Where am I going to move it? My garden is already at a higher elevation than the, uh, sidewalk. Three days later, it was trash pick-up day. I had to shovel enough chips to create clearance to haul the city cans out to the street. Ten days after the wood chips arrived, Rene moved half of them down the driveway to make room for one car to park. Now, it seems like even more! It took him all day. It’s looking good, though. A week after that, I decided it couldn’t hurt to layer some chips on the cut vetch on the parkway. I shoveled up five wheelbarrows worth while Eric spread the chips. He spotted a lizard skin. Lizards are good guys in the garden and dine on ants, aphids, beetles, grasshoppers, wasps and spiders. They have a detachable tail they drop, if threatened. It must have been, because I spotted its stub sticking out from the cut vetch. Anything that eats aphids is welcome here! We left it alone. Eric was back the following week covering the wood pile with black plastic to protect my neighbor’s fence, and to speed up decomposition. He hosed it down before sealing up the plastic. While we were working, we got a glimpse of the lizard again, this time, the head. Eric told me that reptiles carry salmonella and we should be careful not to touch it. News flash! I just learned today, that I can use the wood chips fresh…and, so I don’t have to leave them on the driveway for a year…ha, ha. So, I’m going to start putting some of those on the garden today. I was told by Nikko on Facebook the fresher, the better. Oh that’s, that’s cooking! So I shoveled up four wheelbarrows full of wood chips and loaded up the Back 40 raised bed. Well, I know exactly. It was four heaping wheelbarrows full. So four to six inches of wood chips on my six tomato plants. Surrounding the six tomato stems, up several inches and topped with biodynamic compost. I watered that in which acts like a compost tea filtering down. And I also decided to put it on top of my potted peppers. We’ll see how that works. Today, Eric is back, and we will distribute what’s left on the driveway all over my garden. No till,… no dig, here I come! Ha, ha. The Back to Eden no-till gardening method is all about mulching with wood chips. Once you put them down, you never disturb the surface. It saves water, protects soil from exposure, it doesn’t disturb Earth’s natural tillers, earthworms, and other critters. Most importantly, it saves time and energy! (soft guitar picking) If you have ideas about how I should use this ton of wood chips, please let me know. And if you enjoyed this episode, please give me a thumbs up and share with a friend. I’m Kaye, I’m a late bloomer, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time! (whistle logo) (bloopers begin) Now, I’ve got it together! (sound of jet plane) Okay, when the sun gets this high, it’s non-stop planes. I think they’ve changed the flight pattern… That was not…two minutes. That was like one minute behind the other one. (whistling logo) (high-pitched duck quack) Wait…wait….ah-choo! Ah-choo!!! Ha, ha. Uh, oh, I’m allergic to my woodpile!