Douglas Alpenstock wrote:Okay, I'll play.
1. I see a lot of firewood. It's hard to tell its condition, but if it's dense hardwood then it has value to me or someone else. Salvage, split and stack the good stuff. Use it for heating or sell it for cash.
2. The odds and ends that are left over go into the char burner. For me, that's a scrounged oil barrel with the top cut out, and cutouts on one side, on the middle and top tiers, 40% around. That gives a good chimney, feeds from the top, directs the heat onto me (winter burn), keeps the smoke out of my face, and with constant packing as it burns, makes decent char in the bottom one-third section. Plus, it's portable.
Mary Gallos wrote:As I write, I was just about to put a WANTED ad on Freecycle, for untreated wood in any state. I need structure to terrace a sloping (small, urban) yard, and find that branches and old logs work well, as they create a baffle for water and sediment which would otherwise leave the site, and decompose. It's not hugel exactly, but I've been astonished at how nice and friable the soil is where I have done this previously. (The soil is pretty sandy here).
John Suavecito wrote:Rotten wood is outstanding for planting trees or woody bushes...... I would keep it and use some of it every time you plant a tree or bush. Helps clay drain. Retains moisture in summer. Keeps rich organic material in sandy soil. That's why it's useful for hugulkultur. Starts the soil food web.
Joseph Bataille wrote:We have lots of food forest plans. See my other post on transitioning an established forest to a food forest. I’d love feedback on that post too if you have any tips. I’m trying to think through some strategic reverse succession.
Anne Miller wrote:What about woodworking? Some of that wood might work for plates, spoons, or mallets.
Here are a couple of forum you might find some ideas:
Eric Hanson wrote:Wine Caps are about the easiest mushroom to grow and if you are interested, I can walk you through the process.
Tereza Okava wrote:I would bury it in a hugelbed. I don't have space for a real hugel, but I have "hugelfied" all my garden beds at this point. Buried old stumps and nasty wood.
Chips and firewood are always good uses!!
bruce Fine wrote:looks like your in a fairly urban area. if not wanting hugelkulture
if you want it gone---post online ad for free firewood
or you could burn a little at a time and amend your soil with wood ash. neighbors might not like a big bon fire, or you could call fire dept and ask if they want to use it for training fires.
theres got to be a book somewhere---50 things you can do with unwanted wood.
I might add that whatever you might do with it, now, winter time is the best time to deal with it, no problems with hidden hornet nests or snake dens
Eric Hanson wrote: ....I did this a long time ago when I was disposing of some wood. I dug a trench, threw in the wood, then replaced the soil. In the end, I got a slightly raised bed as I would expect you would also.
Joseph Bataille wrote:
I wasn’t so sure of the quality of firewood since it’s been exposed to the elements for years, so bio char is definitely something I considered looking into. Great thoughts!
Joseph Bataille wrote:Do you have logs and stumps in your beds?
Eric Hanson wrote:Joseph,
Hugelkulture is not my thing, but woodchips and fungi (wine caps) are. Looking at that pile I personally see a nice bed of wood or wood chips being composted by edible Wine Cap mushrooms and growing veggies at the same time. If you choose this option, over time the Wine Caps will reduce the wood into extremely fertile garden bedding that is second to none.
Wine Caps are about the easiest mushroom to grow and if you are interested, I can walk you through the process.
Gravity is a harsh mistress. But this tiny ad is pretty easy to deal with:
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