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Dozens of stumps - stumped for more ideas!

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I had 5 Queen Palms cut down a few months ago. I asked the guy to leave all the palm fronds and stump pieces with me.

I had planned on doing a hugelculture bed with the stumps them but I have way too many, they are big and I don't really feel like doing that now.

On top of that, I have a neighbor who can see into my yard on the hill where i have these all stacked up. She is worried about rattlesnakes nesting in it since her three year old likes to play 10 feet away in their yard. So, I'm under pressure to do something fast!

My new plan is to use the stumps around my yard as decoration.

The cool thing is the way it is decaying has left natural crevices that are pretty deep and there are a lot of them. I can easily sprinkle some soil in it and start seeds.

Just wanted to challenge you all to what I might want to grow. I will do some flowers but I'm trying to figure out what edibles and herbs might work.

Just looking for a brainstorm. The crevices would be great for radishes but not for pulling them out. Same thing with carrots. I can probably do some lettuces, mints and maybe strawberries.

Would love some extra ideas!

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Location: Buffalo, NY
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Post some on Craigslist under the free section

rent a chipper and make some mulch

Find a young kid in the neighborhood with lots of energy, give him/her an axe, hatchet, and $20 and tell him/her to make mulch

Plant nitrogen fixing plants (alfalfa, vetch, clover, peanuts, etc.) in them and next year they should be rotten enough to spread as mulch

Where I live, in the high desert, they never rot and I have seen people make patio furniture out of stumps

If they are still solid a chainsaw wood carver might be interested in them

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Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
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Hi, Sheri...I love it when a tree cut for firewood here turns out to be hollow:) Usually my husband cuts them into 10 to 12 inch chunks for planters...I fill with leaf mold from under our oldest oak leaf pile and have planted oregano, panseys, fennel...but mostly old fashioned 'hens and chicks' ...sometimes the log can be cut long and split length wise adding a board or rocks to each end...I like sedums and more 'hens and chicks' in them. I am sure creeping thymes would do well too. I like the idea of strawberries. I am not familiar with the palm you mention but these out of oak last several years and kind of melt gracefully into the landscape.
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