The house we purchased came with a nice pile of fir branches and stumps and is now being overgrown with raspberry. Thought about trying to break it down, or burning it. It's about 2-3 feet high, by about 8-10 feet wide and next too the garden. Any thoughts, suggestions?
Why remove it? Why not leave it? In fact add organic material to it. It would make a great home for beneficial critters and fungi. As the wood breaks down it will feed your raspberries. If the raspberries are encroaching on the garden... dig 'em up, cut them back, the size of the patch seems controllable. Good luck!
Hey M Winters, Welcome to permies. Agreed. I like to keep things as natural as possible with the least amount of work. I made a similar mistake in my permie garden. I removed wild berries and planted cultivar berries. Well, the cultivars contracted a disease from the wild berries. I now let the wild grow and I have an abundance of indigenous, great tasting, disease resistant berries bushes.
Thanks for all the imput guys! I guess I questioned this pile as was a bit of an eye sore to me then anything else. I guess, with a different perspective, I can see it as a useful part of my garden. We have heeps of raspberries to harvest on and around this pile, so I best give thanks for such bounty!