Are wood chips good to add to compost?



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    Yes, wood chips give a better carbon to nitrogen ration in your compost pile and since there are more rigid can improve the flow of air through the compost. It is advised to only use finished compost wood chips for gardening though, which means the wood chips were decomposed for at least two years.

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    Yes. As lauren_justine said, wood chips improve air circulation in the pile, but they also provide a food source for beneficial soil fungi, an important component of the soil ecosystem because they help crowd out pathogenic fungi that attack plants.  

    Avoid wood chips from walnut trees because they contain juglones, chemicals that inhibit the growth of other plants and are toxic to nightshades like tomatoes, peppers, chiles, and eggplants. Eucalyptus chips should be aged for 6 months to a year prior to composting.  Other wood chips can be added directly to the compost pile from the chipper bin, they don’t have to be aged first. 

    I’ve built 4-5 large (1 cubic yard +) compost piles every year for the last 26 years, and never had a problem adding fresh chips to compost piles.  

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