Wood Chips – Fast Decomposition

Q: Recently I saw you on “Gardening In Georgia” on GPB. You showed a lady how to turn wood chips into compost in six months vs. two years. What was the recipe that you used?

A: We scattered 10-10-10 on top of the wood chip pile after leveling the top and making it slightly concave.

As I explained on the show, fertilizer provides nitrogen to the fungi and bacteria which break down the chips. The indented crown channels rain water to the center of the pile.

I used a seat-of-the-pants calculation to determine how much fertilizer to use: add the height and longest width of the pile together to denote how many cups of fertilizer to scatter. Our pile was 5 feet high by 12 feet long so we used 17 cups of 10-10-10.

I suggested that the homeowner wet the pile thoroughly afterwards to start the decomposition process.

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