I'm enjoying this and applaud your project! Fencing scraps? I would use fencing scraps (if I understand you right, you mean wire fencing?) for plant trellising, perhaps, or, if you have a section that is about 11 feet long and around 3 feet high (if it's higher you can bend over the excess) you can make a cylinder and use it for compost or leaf mulch...... I have sometimes had to really hunt for the right fencing scraps for my compost cylinders! (the way I prefer to create a composting structure....) Usually it seems you can't just buy it cut to length and I am not wanting 25 or 35 feet of it!
anyway, those two uses come immediately to mind.
enjoyed your blog too. Nice to see that barn storage turned from chaos to order!
Location: Pacific Northwest
posted 9 years ago
Most of the scraps I have to decide what to do with are five to ten feet in length...bone fide scraps....but
then you look at them and think "maybe I could make a compost sifter" or "maybe I'll need tis to patch a
hole in the fence" and you can't decide what to do...even if it is rusty after sitting outside.
But at this point I'm ready to discard most of it.
You see that 4 inch pvc pipe? It is resting on one roll and just to the right is another roll. Those
are the "keepers". The stuff you can't see in this picture are the scraps hugging the grass.
"I don't think, therefore I'm not."
posted 9 years ago
Are you unhappy with the square footage?
I was reading a blog recently from a city dweller who had a small lot and wanted to put in a garden. Anyway, I looked at those photos (it was a small yard), but the thought came to mind that if they put massive berms in, that it would have acted as a gorgeous privacy border as well as potentially doubling or even tripling their available space. So many people have been taught to think in straight lines and flat surfaces that it's hard to think in more dimensions.
A thought on your wood scraps... worm bins? Build an outside framework out of the wood, but also put untreated scraps into the bins themselves (hugelkultur style). Uh... see that you have chickens, may want to do some slats over the tops to protect the worms.... Just an idea.
Your project looks like a fun and rewarding project.
looks like my yard - I'm a hoarder too you'll need those scraps just as soon as you chuck them out !!!
good thing is you've got grass growing, so however bad the soil seems to you, its supporting grass growth and therefore - with a heavy mulch - will support a good mix of perrenial and annual plants. I'd lean heavily towards natives and just extend the flowering season with non natives. Remember plants have more time on their hands to improve the soil than you do and they're better at it !! keep us posted