Ooooo...Thanks for the link! I'll have to watch it later but I saw the first few minutes. It looks wonderful!
Tami- You're welcome. The only drawback is you will want to rethink your gardening completely ;-)
I think the truth lies in the middle. (Doesn't it always?) He has had years to develop his garden. Any one who has had the time to place organic materials in their garden will likely have a similar result. I don't think I would have considered using wood chips for anything other than pathways though. Now, since SM and I are dedicated to a "lasagna" method, I plan on using everything and anything in thin layers (straw, leaves, sawdust, ashes, woodchips) but there has to be a layer of compost involved (as he points out) for the seed to grow and produce. I'm excited. This will be our third year and every year seems to get better and better.
Tami - I like the way he looks to nature for his answers. We seem to have moved away from that. I have wood chips in my paths as well but they are "just" wood chips unlike the chips he is talking about which is garden waste as well. I think I will do a small experiment in the back corner of my garden and see how it develops over one season. I would not be able to convert the garden to this method without the moles disturbing the roots of my plants. Though I guess I could use this concept in my beds. I would just have to refrain from turning the soil.I look forward to seeing how your lasagna beds turn out!