Very often it happens that we don’t need a certain object in the country, but you can always modernize it a bit and get a useful thing. Today we will not turn to furniture, drawers or even old buckets, into which we breathed a second life, but to plants that are on the summer cottage. Vegetable debris and debris can also be useful!
How to use plant debris and leftovers to good use? Why not throw away branches and tops?
What to do with old stumps
The uprooting of the old orchard or just trees outside the country house is already a difficult job to think about where to put the old stumps. But in this situation, you can not look for a solution to the issue, because it has long been available. Any old stump can be used as decoration on the site, which is called rutarium. If you attach a little imagination, from stumps you get not only single figures, but also whole compositions.
In addition, stumps can also be used in the place where the tree itself used to grow. There is no need to spend energy digging and pulling up, blowing up a large stump with a tractor or other power equipment, because you can always make a nice landscape object out of a stump, inside which to organize a flower bed.
Flowers, herbs, spices, berry bushes and even bonsai can be settled in the cavity of an old stump.
What to do with felled trees
A missing garden is usually removed from the territory of the dacha to make way for new planting, as well as obsolete or simply damaged branches from adult large trees. But you do not need to organize recycling for wood, because it can happen right in the country, but in different ways and with benefit.
- Old branches will go to firewood for kindling a fireplace, or can be used in a barbecue and a barbecue oven for cooking;
- From medium and small branches, excellent fertilizer can be obtained when they decay in a compost heap;
- Often, branches also perform decorative tasks, when individual figures are composed of them, or, as in the case of rutarias, compositions for decorating the landscape;
- Also, more even branches are used for the construction of fences in the backyard, for example, to separate the main yard of the cottage from the economic one. From certain types of wood even good wicker fences are obtained, which are called simply - wooden tyn;
- Engaging in woodwork in the country, choosing raw materials from the trees of the old garden is not the best idea, but some branches or logs can become parts of decorative country furniture, supports and supports, elements of some household structures;
- Do not forget that small branches are easily interrupted by a garden shredder and go to mulch the soil in the garden and flower beds.
We use tree bark with benefit
Once we described in detail a garden shredder (mentioned literally in the last section of the article), which can become not only an excellent assistant in the country, but also the equipment that will help to process the unnecessary into useful.
This is not only about the branches that the shredder puts into wood chips, but also about the bark of the trees, which after the shredder becomes an excellent material for mulching and even decorating the soil.
Wood chips from the bark are most suitable for protecting soil in the orchard, where it can be covered with 5-7 cm layer of tree trunk circles. So the root system will not dry out, and the soil will maintain integrity.
Wood bark is also a good fuel, but it is worth remembering that very often, because of its structure, it smokes. Therefore, if you decide to start a fire from the bark, it is better to use it on the grill, and not in a home oven.
In addition, there are many more ways to use tree bark in the country, but all of them require additional costs or special equipment.
So, for example, valuable fuel granules can be pressed from the bark, which perfectly keep the heat, produce organic-mineral fertilizers, used as additives in special substrates, etc.
The use of wood sawdust
Sawdust is not a plant waste during cutting or uprooting, but there is one after sawing. If you have special equipment for woodworking in your garage or shed, then using different wood in the country, you will simultaneously receive sawdust. A lot of them will remain after the cut of the old orchard, which we have already broken into stumps, branches and bark.
The use of sawdust can be very wide, but we mention only those areas where we are most useful.
- First of all, sawdust is a quality mulch, and not only in the garden or in the garden, but also for ornamental and even home plants;
- Sawdust is an excellent insulation. It is clear that a lot of them will be needed to warm the ceiling of a country house or floor in a barn, but this idea is still worth remembering;
- Do not forget about this material in the case of growing mushrooms in the country, because an excellent substrate is prepared from sawdust;
- Also, they can be spread under the small living creatures, as a warming and drying layer, for example, in rabbitry, in a cage with nutria, or even your dog in the aviary;
- The use of sawdust is possible as organic fertilizer;
- You can also get fuel pellets from them, but here again you need special equipment, as in the production of cement-bonded particleboards or other blocks for construction;
- It is also worth using sawdust in repair work or during construction. By mixing sawdust with PVA glue, you get a good putty for large cracks in the wood. Also, with such a mixture it is possible to smear the seams between OSB panels, then they will become generally invisible.
Is there any benefit from fallen leaves
The benefits of fallen leaves have been known for a long time, and only an inexperienced summer resident can collect them in heaps and simply burn them, forcing their neighbors to breathe the pungent smoke from the fire. We decided to tell you how to use the fallen leaves in the country with the greatest benefit:
- Leaf humus is an excellent fertilizer that helps to structure the soil;
- A mixture of fallen leaves and weeds without roots and seeds, which rot in a plastic bag - a substrate for early planting and house plants;
- Leaves can also serve as shelter for the soil. Warming, eliminating weathering and leaching, moisture preservation;
- Fallen leaves are also suitable for preparing high-quality compost, if you add them to a well-built hole in a small amount;
- Large leaves with a dense structure are used to cover many garden plants for the winter, as well as flowers in flower beds.
There are additional areas of application of the leaves, but they are all associated with fertilizers or covering the soil. You should not just use walnut leaves, as according to the observations of many summer residents, due to the content of the juglone in them, they can have a negative effect.
Although there is a controversial point, it is the nut leaf that helps to keep some plants warm, completely eliminating the occurrence of fungus and mold.
How to apply a corn stalk
Growing corn in the country is not interesting to everyone, and even those who plant this plant in the country garden do it for different purposes.
Many people like boiled young ears of corn, which can be nibbled with salt or added to salads. But a lot of people grow corn for fodder for birds and other country animals. Therefore, it is worth noting that the crop is harvested at different times, which means that the plant remains of corn will be in different conditions.
The green corn stalk is great for feed production in animal husbandry, so you should not throw it away right away. From the stems you can even prepare an excellent winter top dressing called silage. But let's say right away that few of the summer residents are engaged in similar matters, and quite a lot of green mass is needed for this.
But it also happens that corn stalks stand until the fall, and even completely dry in the garden. This does not matter, and it is not worth cutting them down and burning them, because the dense structure of the dry stem makes it strong enough. Thanks to this, the corn stalk becomes material for building temporary fences in the backyard, or even material for garden paths in cold autumn weather, when it is damp and dirty underfoot.
Stems also serve well as covering material for berry bushes, in the form of litter in a compost heap, as well as for wrapping young trees in the garden. Even summer residents, old-timers, argue that if corn stalks are folded tightly and in several rows in the garden, then the land in this place practically does not freeze, and this is the place most suitable for early planting.
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Straw in a country garden
Straw can be safely considered plant residues, because this is a stem of cereal plants, from which, in the first place, we only need grain. But few people grow crops that produce straw, except perhaps rye for green manure. But here we can’t wait for straw, because siderates are used in full after mowing.
But straw in the country is not only needed, but even necessary. There are many tips related to straw, thanks to which crops grow much better than before.
It is clear that straw can be used for animal feed and for litter, for drainage of certain territories and for sheltering plants, but most often straw is used in the following cases:
- Creating a surface layer, something like a substrate, through which almost everything grows perfectly. At the same time, moisture does not leave the soil, the temperature is stable, weeds practically do not break through it. And also under the straw many useful worms are responsible for loosening the soil;
- The lower layers of straw in the beds become additional fertilizer, which is also a huge plus;
- Good straw for growing potatoes. This is the best material for beds, which will now have a good harvest, and the land will become very soft at the time of collection;
- Straw is also suitable for warming beds with plants, but you need to make sure that it is not too trampled down, otherwise the straw may begin to heat up, which is not very good.
Sunflower and Jerusalem artichoke stalks
Many are trying to get rid of Jerusalem artichoke, since this plant grows too quickly in the suburban area. But there are many advantages from it, as, in principle, from sunflowers. We will not talk about the beneficial properties or taste, but we will only confirm that you can use the dry stems of these plants in the same way as dry corn stalks.
In the country, you can usefully use a lot, and even plant debris. The roots, bark and leaves of trees, as well as plant stems, straw, and even petals of dried flowers, from which you can make jam, tea and some medicines, are used. Therefore, do not rush to throw away what has already yielded the crop, because any plant can still serve you, even if it has died and dried.
The use of vegetable debris and residues in the country is a good topic for practical summer residents, and we really hope that this article will be useful to you. If you know other ways to use plant residues, or we forgot to mention something important, be sure to write about it in the comments to the article.