Our Winter is in full swing and the temperatures are all over the place. Especially this week but it was good because I was able to head outdoors a couple of times to begin cleaning up after the last few heavy rainfalls.
It was pretty overcast with temperatures of 55 which was perfect because I worked almost all day with a few breaks in between.
The debris was overwhelming so this year I’m putting all that rubbish to work by recycling it.
A Hay Walk Path
Everything right now is dull in comparison to the other seasons and our rain activity has been continuous since September.
The good news is my feet no longer sink inches in the ground in most areas and I’m still counting the days to spring. Get the free clock counter here.
You’ll notice I made myself a hay walk path on the way to the chicken coop. This was a temporary solution to keep from slipping after it rains, and it works great but my original goal called for a mulch walk path.
This hasn’t happened yet because it’s been too wet or cold to really work outdoors for long periods of time.
Recycling Winter Debris for Good
After the last rain I noticed another layer of natural waste washed up against the fence and in other areas the buildup has been enormous because guess what? Water runs downhill and debris follows.
I put off cleaning up because it’s been so wet, I wasn’t sure what to do with all of it. Plus, I don’t like to get stuck in the mud, that’s no fun!
In the past I’ve been pretty creative when it comes to using natural material and here’s just a few of those tips:
- Establishing raised beds, it’s makes a great base before adding soil.
- I’ve also used leaf debris as mulch for my beds. Learn more here.
- If dry burn for garden ashes.
- Use to fill in low spots and later cover with dirt.
- If you compost it can be added to bins.
If you have additional recycling suggestions please share because with all these trees the debris is enormous around here.
Now I’m Using Debris in a Walk Path
I settled on using all the natural matter I gathered for my walk path in the bird park. This path takes me to the quail and chicken coops.
I’m lining the edges with tree trunks and filling in between with all that rubbish. This has been a messy project but the chickens seem to love it because they can sift on their way home in the evening. Boy, do they love to sift…
Eventually once I get this filled then I’ll cover that path with homemade mulch which will leave me with a nice cushy walk path.
Because things are all natural all the time out here. Learn how to make mulch here.
If you can get outdoors for just a little then begin cleaning things up now. Don’t wait for spring when you have a new list of things to be doing in the garden.
Cleaning up is pretty simple all you really need is a shovel, rake, wheelbarrow and some energy. Remember to bundle up and any amount of progress now will keep you hoping towards Spring.