One of the things about permaculture that really resonates for me is the drive to use everything, to have no waste, to get a yield from as much as you can.
Something about looking at what WAS clutter in my eyes in a new way that makes it a resource, it seems magical. I am one of those people who can not stand clutter but I live with people who seem wholly immune to it.
By opening my eyes to the power of yields and re-use, my brain doesnt see clutter but a riddle.
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I had a pile of really sturdy feed bags that I perceived as an eyesore and clutter and garbage – garbage I had to find a way to deliver to the transfer station without too much cost to us.
One day I stood staring at the bags as I was milking the goats and it came to me in a flash, cut open the bags and use them in the sheet mulching method to build the extension to the garden!
I had to pause that project because I had used up the feed bags until I had enough for some more beds. Yesterday I put down two more beds but the Vermont cart you see above was in use (we are stacking wood in the basement for heat this winter) so I thought I might be out of luck.
Then I put on my permie-beanie and thought of this ancient wheelbarrow! (it was on the edge of our yard, almost eaten by the forest)
But, it had rotted through even before it was given to us! It was now in sorry shape…
I figured, why not try the brainstorm idea I got, use a tarp to cover the hole…
It worked perfectly well and I was able to move many barrow-loads of compost from the pile to the new beds.
These beds will get a LOT more compost and then percolate over the winter with a layer of leaves and straw on top. In the spring they will be planted out with a mixture of tender annual vegetables and perennial vegetables.
In between the rows I want to put down wood shavings so as to control the weeds which WILL rule this area if I let it.
Our neighbor is a lumberjack who brings waste wood to his land next to ours and cuts it into wood for heating (sells it). Their waste is wood shavings that have been contaminated with dirt (and thus can not be burned in their biomass generator).
Their waste is our yield!
Today some shavings were brought over and I am looking forward to spreading it around. I think I will need more than this though!
Here are some shots of the delivery.
Think about how you can re-purpose and reuse to gain a previously unexpected yield from waste, share it with me!