I finished the stacking of the last load of wood today! Actually Mom and I loaded about a 1/2 cord of poplar wood from my delivery into her Chevy one ton truck yesterday and I finished stacking up the last of the wood. I think Mom got a little more than 1/2 cord of wood as we stacked a lot of smaller pieces of the Poplar and got a much tighter stack/load of wood compared to the larger chunks of Lodge pole pine she has picked up at Tucker’s Timbers.
I gave Mom more of the smaller size chunks of poplar because she has a smaller firebox and she has not picked up an ax to split wood into smaller pieces of wood kindling for starting fires. I have about a 1/2 cord of mill ends, lots of small pieces of wood, a splitting maul, wedge and an ax to make kindling from my wood pile. Great deal for me as Mom gave me some big chunks of lodge pole pine to try out in my stove this year.
I won’t be selling any wood to neighbors this year as I think it will be a very cold winter. I have been begging the neighbors for 5 months that have wood stoves to go in with a delivery of wood and share the cost. Same thing with the gravel and no one would commit to sharing the delivery cost with me. I may help them in a power outage this winter but selling them wood for winter heat is not happening. I think we are going to see another very cold winter this year. Like -20 degrees for 2-4 weeks sort of cold winter. Even if I’m completely wrong and we have a mild winter this year. I will have at least 2 cords of seasoned wood left over and can buy/stack more wood next summer.
Fire wood takes minimal effort protection against rot, all it needs to season is to be kept dry and breathe to avoid rot. If life is easy, all you do is start a new stack of wood. If things go “sideways” you may not find fire wood at any price.
Okay enough about the rant. I can move/level the gravel and cover more area in the alleyway area. The morning glory is starting to climb out of the graveled area and I think I may try the boiling water method to kill these plants.
I need to replace the weeds in the alley and I’m thinking Mint would start fixing the soil and spread. Sunflowers might be an option or berry plants. I literally have a massive goat head plant reaching into my gravel drive way wanting to spread it’s seeds. These weeds sere sprayed for years and the weeds always come back, unless replaced with good plants and soil building.
I am annoyed, but the best I can do is make my alleyway are the best I can for soil building with cover and introducing good plants that choke out the bad weeds and not kill the soil and good bugs. Good news the gravel and wood mulch is doing everything I wanted and more in the alley. Not perfect but it should hold the line on weeds until next Spring when I can start adding new plants.