Has your student looked closely at those beautiful log rounds in the NE garden lately? They’re of course pretty, a nice place to sit, and fun to climb on (though slippery right now, so be careful), but are also growing some varied and prolific fungi at the moment. Your budding mycologist might enjoy taking a look.
Some of the log rounds are in better shape than others, but in the spirit of “use what you have,” we could keep them all on site and creatively use them in a number of ways in our garden rejuvenation:
- split and chip them for pathways and mulch (the fungi could be awesome for soil-building)
- use them as legs for benches for the outdoor classroom and elsewhere
- strategically place them for individual seating & work or game tables
- split and bury them in our planting beds for some hugelkultur experimentation. Hugelkultur uses rotting wood under soil in a garden bed (wood can be buried in a trench, put into a traditional raised bed, or used to build an above-ground bed) to retain moisture, slowly release nutrients for the plants, and warm the soil as the wood decomposes. We’ve had a couple of guesses that our log rounds are from a willow or poplar tree, which are both good woods for hugelkultur. If you’re interested in learning more about hugelkultur, here’s a link.
- for a more organic look than lumber, we could split them and use them as the borders of raised beds. Here’s an example from the Beacon Food Forest:
Any other ideas for using our log rounds?
(I met with district maintenance and Self-Help Projects staff in the garden yesterday, and any splitting and chipping of rounds is likely outside the purview of SPS maintenance crews, so we’d need to find an outside, insured contractor for that.)
Some pieces are coming together. Within the next couple of days, I’ll be reaching out about a get-together for garden planning and a proposed timeline for improvements in the coming months. Stay tuned!