@polylith I enjoyed your comprehensive response!
I have been thinking I need to find a way to source woodchip/bark for our little beds, principally to help maintain moisture levels during the summer months. I'm trying to avoid the word ironic...but it is something of that sort that we live in an area of constant forestry harvesting...where some bark and chip are removed at source, but not readily accessible due to health and safety constraints.....while the bark and chip that does make it to the mill is used to fire their driers.
For a while I steered away from the idea of woodchip mulch, on the basis that it takes nitrogen from the soil while breaking down. But if it is kept on the surface, I presume this effect is only at the surface.
Our soil is poor here, clay and silt with not much organic content, so the beds take some seasons to work up, We trench compost our kitchen waste, but more notable has been the effect of autumn plantings of mustard as a green compost crop. I mentioned it here recently, and another contributor stated that it was the root, rather than the green part, that was especially beneficial.
As for the early fruiting of damaged plants: my guess is that it is life striving to go on living...)
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