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The Woodchip Handbook by Ben Raskin
The Woodchip Handbook: A Complete Guide for Farmers, Gardeners and Landscapers
The first and only complete guide to sourcing and using woodchip―an abundant, inexpensive, and ecologically sustainable material―for savvy growers and landscapers at any scale, from farm to garden to greenhouse.
The Woodchip Handbook is the essential guide to the many uses of woodchip both in regenerative agriculture and horticulture. Author Ben Raskin, Head of Horticulture and Agroforestry at the Soil Association, draws on his extensive practical experience using woodchip, provides the latest research from around the world, and presents inspiring case studies from innovative farmers.
The book explores and unlocks the tremendous potential of woodchip to enhance soil health and plant growth:
As a natural mulch for weed suppression, temperature buffering, and water conservation
As a growing medium for propagating plants
As a decomposing source of warmth for hotbeds in the greenhouse or hoop house
As a carbon-rich compost ingredient that supports beneficial fungi and microorganisms
As a powerful soil health booster, when applied as small-sized ramial chipped wood
As an ideal substrate for growing many kinds of edible or medicinal mushrooms
As a sustainable, versatile, and durable material for foot paths and ornamental landscaping
Some of these techniques, like mulching―or the renewable harvest potential from coppicing and pollarding trees―have been around forever. Yet there is always new science to be discovered, such as the role that salicylic acid from willow woodchip can play in preventing tree diseases or promoting livestock health when used as a bedding material.
Whether you are a commercial grower or farmer, a permaculture practitioner, or a serious home gardener producing your own fruit and vegetables, The Woodchip Handbook will show you how to get the most out of this readily available and renewable material.