We’ve had some major delays this spring – a winter storm brought down several trees and an abundance of branches and twigs.  We’ve been cleaning and sawing limbs into smaller pieces when the weather allows – hail storms and bitter winds have kept us inside a couple days.

We use the larger Ash “logs” to create a border separating our wooded areas from the open areas.  Ash is a nice,  hard wood that will last many years – see pics below.  The rest will become bonfire wood for our retreats.

Some of the branches were Cottonwood with gooey leaf buds that could be harvested to make a skin-healing, ache- reducing salve.  We’ve also been able to utilize the Weeping Willow branches that were blown down.  Three have been stuck in the creek to root and the little stuff is soaking in a bucket of water to use when setting transplants – it has natural rooting hormones and help the plants “take hold”  better.

Salvaged Ash logs edging the Nettle, Motherwort, Wild Honeysuckle and Sweet Woodruff area of the west woods.

Salvaged Ash logs edging the Nettle, Motherwort, Wild Honeysuckle and Sweet Woodruff area of the west woods.

 

Salvaged Ash logs by the arbor-entrance to west wood.

Salvaged Ash logs by the arbor-entrance to west wood.

More debris from Cottonwood branches that fell in the creek.

More debris from Cottonwood branches that fell in the creek – luckily it didn’t get the hammock!

 

The storm actually kept us busy and not all antsy about planting, which we usually try to push instead of waiting until May 9th, the average last frost date around here.  All-in-all, the storm has been beneficial even if it delayed the rest of the garden work by a few weeks.

 

 

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