Re: [fukuoka_farming] Emelia, and anyone else... A huge pile of good soil???
- Dear Sir,
Thank you all for the work that you share this way.
Please excuse me if I have missed something in the discussion of
your spring plans. New to the group, I have much to learn of the soil
and of the protocol here in the ether. May I ask if you have requested
the management entity, which plans to burn the pile, if instead they
would donate to an organic garden project. Do you have a contact by
name through whom you have learned of the burn plan? Might the cleaner
air prospect of moving rather than burning sway someone in a position to
authorize road building equipment to shove the stuff to your land, maybe
even into a long berm at the property line? Might you propose that the
locality offer road building leftovers to nearby interested landholders
as a cooperative clean air and wildlife habitat initiative? If you
offer a proposal to the proper department to document your results, you
may even get a funding source to experiment further with the multiple
uses of such post construction heaps. A small one-time grant could
cover your costs in preparing a win-win report, film for before & after
photos, and maybe a chipper rental.
I fling out all these questions because our small not-for-profit
cooperative school asked for and now receive truckloads of rough chip
for our half city block of park / playground, formerly mostly steep hill
up to an alley. The chip comes from the heavy equipment that trims
around city power lines. The company is happy to have a taker, and to
show a community service project. The chip winters down considerably.
We shaped quite a bit by wheelbarrow to build a 30-meter-long wall berm
of raised gardens that safely separates the playground from the alley.
Another few loads made a retaining wall that hosts and is held by
decorative plants; it extends the plateau for a shade gazebo over a
couple of picnic tables. We built natural climbing features to avoid
big garish plastic playground products; one of ours is a grass hill
"castle" with stone threshold and accents donated from the scrap pile of
the local industry, a grave monument engraver by the neighborhood
cemetery. Several loads of chip made a small grassed "lounging hill"
behind the park entrance sculpture. Plans for this season's chip loads
include more terrace "destinations" with specimen plants and a raised
crescent stage to be grassed. Outline with big wood, back fill, plant
in dirt trenches throughout the chip shape. The Department of
Recreation & Parks here in Richmond, Virginia agrees not to use
chemicals on this site because of our school next door. Our designs
must accommodate the size of their equipment, shaped with soft rounding,
earth-ramped so they can mow the terrace step berms & across the
crescent (not the garden berms), as required by the city. This
digression to our park detail is to suggest one range of projects that a
locality might buy into. Show your fine work. Best of luck to you.
roberto pokachinni wrote:
> I have a few questions as spring hits me full in theADVERTISEMENT
> face here in Northern Canada. The roadbuilders messed
> up when they built the road to my land, and in the
> approval process, they had to lengthen it, and make a
> new cul de sac. In the process, they un-earthed a
> huge pile of soil, that was once a lot of shrubbery,
> and stump debris from the original clearing of my
> meadow/woodland. The pile also contains a lot of grey
> clay from the ditch. Is grey clay usefull for
> seedballs? Should I make an effort, and go to the
> expense to get a large machine in to haul this soil
> into the property, as it is now on a government road
> right of way, but nobody would mind, or notice if it
> happened to move a few hundred meters into my garden
> area, or would this have more of a negative impact on
> my already fertile garden area's biological integrity?
> Would a one time disruption of this nature, be so
> negative, when you consider the benefits of that much
> organic biomass? Besides the clay, another
> unfortunate addition to the soil is yet another huge
> pile of debris, on top of the soil. this is mostly
> stumps, small trees, and rotten logs. I have spent
> two days dismantling the pile as best as I safely
> could, hauling as much of the matterial that I could
> extricate from the pile onto my property, but, alas,
> the pile stands at least 7 meters tall, and is a
> tangled mass of large stumps, logs, and shrubbery. If
> the excavator machine was still on site, I would have
> him deposit all the woody debris on my property, and
> plant ferns, ivy's, and flowers on it... at this
> point it is schedualed to be burned next month, and we
> all know what that will do to the micro-organisms in
> the soil below it. What am I to do? Should I hire a
> large machine to take care of this mess or just
> concentrate on what I have on the land right now???
> sincerely roberto.
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