Wood Chip Delivery

Wood Chip Delivery

This is a delivery of 12 tons of whole tree wood chips, predominantly spruce and pine. Wood chips make a good base for bed packs and help to extend the hay as we head into the wet period of mud season before spring really hits. The advantage of hay is it is edible, wood chips not so much, although a load like this with lots of boughs in it does get eaten to a minor degree. Pigs will eat trees, small branches, roots and brush in particular. The evergreens may even have some deworming ability.

Sometimes the weather reports are widely off. Looking at AccuWeather it says last night was 20°F. It still says that even though last night is now history. My highly accurate point and shoot thermometer said it was 0.4°F here and the guy who delivered wood chips this morning said it was -4°F at his house over Groton way. That’s quite the difference from the ‘predicted’ past.

Accuweather claims it got up to 32°F today. My measurements showed 23°F in the sun. Colder in the shade. I take the weather advisements into consideration for the next three days (currently saying 15″ of snow) but their predictions beyond that and out to two weeks out are pretty much voodoo.

If I want to know the weather then it is more accurate to look out the window and say, “Tomorrow will likely be much like today with a chance of change.”

Weather plays a big part in our lives – mostly we just endure it when we can’t actually enjoy it.

Outdoors: 23°F/0°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 61°F/58°F

Daily Spark: The secret to success is often perseverence.

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4 Responses to Wood Chip Delivery

  1. Peter says:

    This reminds me that I have to find a tree-trimming crew someplace around me, that will dump a load of chips at my driveway! :-)

    • Tree trimmers is how we’ve gotten small amounts of wood chips before and are a good source. Just keep your eyes open for trash in the load. We had one load from one particular tree trimmer that was full of broken glass and shredded beer cans. Since everything has to be hand put into the shredder machine this means someone was having fun throwing in trash from the side of the road. That trash could be a problem for both the farmer and the livestock and is not something one wants building up in the soil. We have enough junk in our soil that is from the last couple hundred years back to the settlers throwing away broken dishes.

      • Farmerbob1 says:

        Earlier this evening I read about one of your sows that cut herself horribly and you weren’t able to determine what did it. In this article you indicate that you’ve found trash like broken plates from prior humans. Perhaps the unfortunate sow was sliced up by some old buried tool? There aren’t a whole lot of broken tools I could imagine creating a wound like that, but an old bushhog blade maybe? Perhaps a old trenching shovel or machete?

        • We think we finally figured out what cut Cardamon. I believe she rubbed against a piece of metal roofing on a shed. She healed up just fine despite the enormous cut. Stuff in the soil tends to be dulled from wear and rust. Metals rust out to dullness and fine edges round out fairly quickly.

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