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Mulch and stumps for trees

Tree mulch

Our pasture trees need a bit more thought, but the rest of the perennials are finally mulched down for the winter.  I played around with this and that whenever the urge struck or the materials were on hand, so the ground beneath our trees and bushes is a hodge-podge of living cover crops, piles of dead autumn weeds, two-year-old composted wood chips, tree leaves raked out of the woods, and deep bedding from the chicken coops.


Trailer movingOh, and I shouldn't forget the logs and stumps scattered helter-skelter around the bases of my trees and bushes.  This stump in particular has a long and illustrious history since the bulldozer that hauled in our trailer used it as a counterweight to make sure the machine didn't tip over when pulling our ancient mobile home up the ford.  The wood has slowly wasted away into top-notch soil in the nearly six years since I took the shot below with our two new pets in January 2007.


I'm not sure how a post that was originally going to be about mulch longevity worked its way around to highlighting Huckleberry, but our ultra-spoiled cat thinks that's the way things should always be.  I'll try to stay on topic tomorrow.

Our chicken waterer keeps the flock happy so they provide Huckleberry's morning eggs.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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