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Making and using Ramial Chipped Wood as Mulch
( For a Living soil - Organic Gardening Idea for UK Gardeners )



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Also called brown gold by UK gardeners, organic mulch  RCW mulch, ramial chipped wood or RCW, this chipped tree material is used in agriculture or horticulture. They come from fragmentation by mechanical milling branches (chipped branch-wood).

The ramial chipped wood can stimulate biological activity in the soil and are very effective as mulch. By composting, the RCW is transformed into humus. So you can recreate your soil and make it rich in micro-organisms. Living soil is the best way to take care of your garden plants ! It's common practice for Permaculture and a new organic gardening idea for United Kingdom gardeners.



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Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)
Create a living soil !

The raw material to make RCW

Fragments of branches mixed with decaying leaves.

The mushrooms and micro-organisms do the job very well. The biological activity create by the fragmentation will allow regeneration and soil enrichment.


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Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)
Soil regeneration

The raw material to make RCW


To allow the biological activity (Pedogenesis, decomposition, lignin, trophic chain, cellulose, hemicelluloses, nitrogen)
 RCW must not contain more than 20% of materials from conifers.

So the ideal is to have 100% of leafy material.


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Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)

The raw material to make RCW

Conifer boughs more acids act as an antifungal and decompose more slowly.


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Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)
Create a living soil !

The raw material to make RCW

At best, fragments branch (small limbs) must have a maximum  7 cm or 2" 3/4.

The decomposition of the material creates a lot of heat in the middle of the heap. You can see smoke coming from the RCW early morning.

This forest material will turn into a rich humus. This natural process is used by organic farming for soil amendment.


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Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)
For healthy garden

The raw material to make RCW

Here, a delivery RCW consists of maple chips.


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Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW)
Wood Chip Mulch

The raw material to make RCW

A lot of RCW containing alder and spruce (Less than 20% conifer).


The more acidic RCW can be placed in the beds of plants that like acidity. To lower the acidity, you can use ash wood fireplace.

The Ramial Chipped Wood is a good material to make a carton flower beds.


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Update 07/27/15