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  1. Patti Hayden
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    I’ve got a spot in my yard that floods because of my clay soil, I have woodchips there and I’ve planted winter rye, in the chips, a month ago, it’s between my fruit trees per your suggestions. I’ll see what happens in the spring

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  2. farmerbobsgarden
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    i like your attitude. i too have been using wood chips. mine have been in place for approx 5 years now and it grows anything i want without watering or fertilizing. here in n.e. okla, we just went through a 10 year drought with the last 3 years being the worst and i was still able to grow some great tomatoes WITHOUT WATERING.

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  3. David Crowson
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Interesting 😎. Just wandering if you still satisfied with the electric riding lawn mower. Just curious to know how it's doing. thinking about getting it at a Ryobi electric push mower.

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  4. Peter
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Thanks Mark another educational video for me to learn.

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  5. AudioBooks
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Awesome channel, excellent upload, thanks for sharing . . . +1sub 👍🔔👏🔥🎉

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  6. Rob Markovitch
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Hi Mark, what type of comfrey are you growing?

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  7. Donald Damron
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Hi, Mark another great story, I experienced the same thing in my wood chip pile, I plan to add more chips over card board and leaves. I think that will help. Thanks for sharing as always, Don.

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  8. Duke Norfolk
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    I spread Daikon radish seed all over my property and then harvest it for my rabbits. They love it. I do the same thing with some different kales and turnips (sold as deer forage by Hancock Seed Co.). The rabbits AND chickens love the kale.

    I've never noticed the slime effect you talk about, but I'll make sure to take note in the future. Although most of mine gets eaten, of course.

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  9. Heather Gilreath
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    This may be exactly the answer I've been looking for. My garden is overcome with horsenettle. Do you think the oil seed radish breakdown will kill the roots of the horsenettle? And if so, will I still be able to plant in the Spring, or are you only using this in places you don't plant?

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  10. tsx3214
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Thanks, Mark! We love your experiments and thanks for sharing them!.

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  11. Natasha S.
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    I love how you do experiments! And at the scale you do it, it's very helpful to see. We have a small homestead, and even in the first year of gardening, I did a ton of experiments to see what worked. It's fun and helps me make good decisions the next year. One thing is for sure though, the only tilling the soil ever gets is when I have to dig a root crop! Lol

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  12. Ray Bankes
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    in the spring I would add another coat of 3in of new wood ships as the mulch over the now composted wood chips that will grow anything even weeds. the new chips will hold many of the weed seeds away from the really fertile composted chips. That has been my experience so far.

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  13. AJ K
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Good looking black dirt

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  14. Green Dream Project
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    I think those are excellent techniques.👍 I think you'll see some great results.🙏

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  15. Lorraine Barnett
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Mark, I planted oil seed radish in my onion/garlic bed for fall, to help enrich the soil and hold down weeds. Within a month, the deer had eaten almost every one of the radishes. They LOVE the radish tops. Ah well….. The deer, by the way, don't like Sorghum Sudangrass, which I planted at your suggestion. It grows beautifully but doesn't give me the good soil enrichment that the radishes would.

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  16. PressedEarth
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Thanks Mark. I always enjoy your experiments.

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  17. PoBoy Jelly
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Where you been man? JK, I know life comes before making videos, but your vids are so informative I can't wait for the next one.

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  18. marthale7
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    I have been having success with clear plastic to kill the weeds in the wood chips, I let the sun cook the weeds then I plant in it.

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  19. Mags B
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    That looks like black gold you have there Mark. Regards.

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  20. Veta B
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Let's make this fun and try to predict the results!. Here's my guess….I see success with weed suppression using the daikon radishes, but very happy and spreading comfrey, just due to the close(to the plant) tilling.

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  21. Pinche Guarito
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Great video Mark! I admire your attitude…instead of getting angry about crappy weather, you work with nature to turn it into a benefit. Hope you end up with a weed free bed and a nice crop of daikon before winter hits. 🙂

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  22. Edmondson Off Grid Homestead
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Can’t wait to see the results👍🏾

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  23. robwas
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Glad to know I'm not the only NJ grower that had issues due to the excess rain. I don't think I used the cistern water more than a few times during the season and in fact most all the water all year simply went out the overflow. Hoping next year won't be so wet and humid. Something if you read this I'm curious about…. I sawed the tops of my garlic plants the seeds that form at the top and wondered if I can plant them still this year? Usually I use bulbs of garlic and divide the cloves but I'd rather use the seeds if possible and save buying them.

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  24. J Duncan
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    That is some beautiful soil.

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  25. William Gallaher
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    Thank you sir.
    Your videos are very informative and I really enjoy them.
    AWESOME to say the least.

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  26. Sakis Pap
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    thanks for these update videos of yours Mark! Great channel, much appreciated!!

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  27. Sorlendingen82
    February 9, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

    is there enough minerals there to help maximum conditions for growt? woodchips create biological, but not mineral. Im thinking in terms of layers, if you wanted to add more woodchips later on.

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