Tom Kendall stores mulch for leaner times at Maungaraeeda.

Mulch in Abundance

Mulch in Abundance

We use a lot of mulch on our property to take advantage of the many benefits that mulch provides. The mulch we use is grass (that I now cut with the scythe) that grows in areas around the property that doesn’t get grazed and also on the road verge for maintenance so the council doesn’t spray chemicals.

Tom Kendall cuts the road verge grass to avoid council chemical use and harvest mulch at Maungaraeeda.
Collecting the road verge mulch. ( this was cut with the neighbors mower before we got the scythe)

One of the terms you hear in permaculture circles is “abundance”. At times we might comment “yeh right, wheres my share of abundance” but then all of a sudden you will find you are getting a more than expected supply of a resource. This has happened with the mulch. In hindsight I am getting much more material than before and this is great because each year we have several lean months of mulch due to the grass growth slowing in the winter and early spring. So this year I am stockpiling a reserve of mulch to use through that time.

Tom Kendall stores mulch for leaner times at Maungaraeeda.
The little stack of mulch stored until the leaner months.

The week has been put to good use on some more zone four timber maintenance and completing the chicken cell planting. I also have finished tidying up under the main house and now starting to prepare a part of this space for productive use. Now I am not sure if the previous photos of under the house could show the lack of height there is under there, but this is an issue as we keep bumping our heads. So solution to the problem…. start digging!!!

Tom Kendall removes dirt from under his house to gain more headspace at Maungaraeeda.
Hoping to gain an extra 200 mm (8 inches) of head room.

I am trying to allocate one to two hours most days to tackle this task so it doesn’t become too burdensome (and so I don’t get too sore!) Probably more than some people might not understand this but I actually enjoy it. Nothing like a sense of achievement to make my day!


©2016 Tom Kendall;, incorporating Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast, simplicity, permaculture, self reliance and homesteading, mulch harvest home building.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.