Allright if black locust takes so long to rot and is considered bad for hugelkultur, what are good uses for blowdown limbs etc? I'd love to have a mass heater but our house is a manufactured home and therefore due to zoning issues we can only have a wood burner that currently is out of budget... Any thoughts thanks
With the small blown down limbs I create a pile and then I get someone to run over them with a flail mower. If you have a lot it makes good mulch. If you have a little, chipper? If you don't have a chipper and you don't have a flail mower (like me), yikes. They are thorny so you want them out of the way. Let them rot over a 2 winters and then walk on them?
Actually the small thorny limbs are GREAT for hugelkulture. They break down very easily. You might have to be a little meticulous about positioning them so that they gain a mass, but they'll break down over a winter under soil.