On Friday afternoon I moved some of the wood that had been left to season. It is now in the woodshed and will be split and added to the the stash of firewood which we keep for the wood heater.
Once I disturbed the ground, I was surrounded by the chickens who were eager to feast on the grubs and other insects which were lurking under the wood. They had a wonderful time turning over the soil and looking for tasty morsels.
This weekend we have built 2 more raised garden beds. One of them is lined with heavy cardboard that I had been saving. Then we piled in a thick layer of dry leaf litter followed by some lawn clippings. We will add more soil, compost and probably some mushroom compost which we will buy locally. These 3 garden beds have been constructed entirely from leftover and salvaged materials.
I started to think about how we manage to use and recycle much of what is generated on our property.
The wood is from tree limbs that have fallen or been lopped on our block. These will be used to heat our home. The resulting ash is added to the garden beds, either directly or via the compost. Any charcoal is saved in a jar of kerosene to use as firelighters. We grow fruit and vegetables. The chickens provide us with eggs. The scraps and peels are fed to the chickens. The chicken manure is added to the garden beds. Leaf litter and lawn clippings are added to the compost.
It is all part of a never-ending cycle.