Restorative Mulching

Maintaining a lawn or a bit of green can be costly and at times, quite a chore.

Month after month, a fair portion of time has to be dedicated to it.

You can transform pretty much any green space into a productive, sustainable garden using one simple technique: spreading Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW) directly on the ground.

What is it?

Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW) is made of shredded young, small wood branches, mainly from non thorny trees. This technique was discovered accidently in Canada during the 80s. Tested but forgotten in Europe, RCW use in permaculture has sprung back slowly but surely since 2005. It is the base material in order to cover and enrich soil composition.

How does it work?

The goal is to decompress the earth and render it alive again. Covering the ground with organic wood is the first step to regenerate it. Slowly but surely, bacteria, mushrooms and worms will reappear to loosen and alleviate the earth, revive the ground and ultimately make it become more productive. Afterwards, the next goal is to adequately match edible vegetables following permaculture principles.

How do you test it?

In autumn or at the beginning of spring, gather 2 to 5 cm branches of hardwood. With an electric shredder, you will obtain the RCW in question. The earth needs to be in direct contact with its amendment support so, before spreading it, we suggest you use a grelinette (a combination of hoe and rake) to soften the ground first.

What does myfood propose?

RCW has many qualities but one sole issue to point out: the “nitrogen hunger” phenomena that occurs during the first year. As a matter of fact, while it decomposes during the first few months, the wood consumes an important amount of nitrogen from the ground. That is why we offer pre-composted RCW mixed with a blend of compost and clay-humus complex to increase assimilation.

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