|Cabbage Gone to Seed|
|Seeding for Seedlings|
I planted a bunch of the pods and a few loose seeds in a wooden box of dirt to see if they'll sprout. I also started 5 saucers of herbs to be transplanted when they get big, and a bunch of tomatoes and marigolds - hopefully they'll grow nicely together when they get big!
|Branch Of Cabbage Pods|
|One Big Cabbage Pod|
But then I had a thought: let's make wood chips out of it for mulching! I wouldn't touch it if this were pressure-treated wood, but this was obviously just the straight stuff and pretty harmless.
We researched woodchippers. No-one I knew had one and they rented for a few hundred bucks. Dan noticed Harbor Freight had some on sale: an electric model, and a large gas-powered model. The electric was about $30 cheaper but noticeably smaller. I didn't want to go with gas-powered, because they are notoriously polluting; I figured I didn't mind doing the extra work needed with the smaller machine because, after all, I need the exercise and I wasn't doing this for pay. Dan went along with the idea and picked up the machine; we're splitting the cost and figure it's pay for itself on our various projects over the years.
|Dan and the Disassembly Line|
It's not a fast process but we made good progress. In an hour or two we had 10 cubic feet of wood chips, maybe $20 worth. That may be a lot of work to save $20 but remember, we also saved on garbage fees, and much of the time was spent in learning the process. The chips look great on the lawn!
|The End: Wood Chips!|
Another thing I learned was that if a 2x6 is rotten enough, you really can tear it apart with your gloved hands. This results in an acceptable mulching substance, sort of like wood gravel, that doesn't have to bother passing through the chipper.
It is indeed unfortunate that so much good lumber has been lost, but it is personally satisfying (and monetarily helpful!) to find this second and terminal use for it.