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#144 - Is Using Wood Chips As A Garden Mulch A Bad Idea?

I had mentioned earlier in a post on Facebook that I will be using wood chips on the pathways between my raised garden beds, and also mulching the beds with wood chips once they are planted. Someone advised me that I can use wood chips for the pathways, but never to use them in the garden beds because the wood chips will steal nitrogen away from the plants. Unfortunately, this is a complete myth that has been going around for years. Wood chips do not rob nitrogen from the plants in a garden, or from fruit trees when used as a mulch. It is true that if you were to mix the wood chips down into the soil, nitrogen would be taken from the soil to break down the wood chips, but I am not mixing the

#143 - Why We Will Never Colonize Mars In Our Lifetime.

I keep hearing people talk about how humans will be colonizing Mars soon. As a realist, able to use critical thinking, I can not agree with that assessment because they are forgetting about one very important aspect of such colonization. Who is going to pay for it? Everyone thinks that science and exploration would be enough of a motivator for the funding of space colonization to happen, but our own history shows us that this is not the case. If you look back throughout history at the greatest accomplishments around the world like the Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the US Interstate Highway System, the Medieval European Cathedrals, the Discovery of America, the Manhattan

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