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Old 05-06-2006, 10:54 PM
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Question Rotten Wood. What's the best option?

I just moved into a new house and am beginning to prepare some of my garden beds.
The previous owners left a very large pile of old firewood in my back yard which is simply too rotten to burn, but hasn't yet broken down completely. Right now I have a compost bin and a compost pile, neither of which have enough space to accomodate all of the rotten wood, but I want to make good use of it.

Since I don't have a mulcher (but I do have an axe), what do people suggest doing with such a large quantity of old wood?

One consideration: I'm thinking about building a raised bed, and will need a significant amount of material to build the soil. Would it be a good idea to build the bottom layer of the bed out of the rotten wood, then layer compost above it? That would use much of the wood, leaving just enough to be broken & placed in my compost pile. What do you think?

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Old 06-06-2006, 08:28 PM posted to alt.permaculture
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Default Rotten Wood. What's the best option?

g'day twospirit,

can't see why not it is going to conntinue to break down and shouldn't
hamper you growing efforts. and using it as borders is a good idea as
well.



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Default Rotten Wood. What's the best option?

I recently built several garden paths, and used firewood as the border.
The firewood held in my woodchips, and made the path very easy to
make. I'm just waiting for the bugs and such to start eating the wood.
When they do, I'll just put down more wood, and maybe even "seed" the
logs with mushroom spawn. Then I'll have lots of mushrooms next year.

Cheers,
James
gardenlen wrote:
g'day twospirit,

can't see why not it is going to conntinue to break down and shouldn't
hamper you growing efforts. and using it as borders is a good idea as
well.



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May You Find Serenity and Tranquillity In
A World That You May Not Understand."

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