Last fall a huge old Maple Tree came down in the “Yard Shake up 2018” and it left me with this huge rotted out stump. I meant to do more with this it last fall but all I really got done was prepping it some for spring.
Well, Spring is here! This past week, I took a shovel out and removed layers of snow on top and around the stump itself, as once its exposed to the sun it will warm up faster.
Here is my Stump Garden to be.. three days after I shoveled it out. Still very frozen in the middle, I scraped out the top layer of sugar snow till I hit more solid ice.
Then we added in two huge shovels worth of rabbit poo.. So our first layer in the stump is the well rotted wood that you saw being pulled down in the video above and now I have added in a four inch layer of rabbit poo.
This has been done for two reason’s..
The first is that the black rabbit poo will act as a heat sink for the sun and will help this area heat up and melt down faster.
The second is that I want that layer of a cool manure to rot down into the water holding rotted wood below it..
Once that has melted out, I will top it with a mix of well finished compost/dirt to fill up the rest of the stump and get it planted out.
What a lovely idea, can’t wait to see it in full bloom ^_^
It should be lovely, I just ran out of time last year, which sounds silly to me this spring but it was just the way it was last fall 🙂
Well, with the bizarre cold and snow we got in November, I’m thinking that it was likely a Good Thing that you didn’t plant it last year; )
it was just one of those things that got put to the side while dealing with other things
I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with that. I’ve always wanted to grow something in a stump. Can I do that with a non-rotted stump if I carve out a hollow?
Yes, you can drill out and create a bowl in the stump and use it to plant into for sure!
Great idea. I also have a stump in the corner of my garden. I have been putting pots of flowers on top of it but this is a better idea.
I am really looking forward to planting it, I am still up in the air on if I will plant some eating plants in it, or if I am going to just make it a show stopper full of color and flowers 🙂
Ivy or other draping type (maybe some Lamium/“Dead-Nettle”?) to go out and down the outside? I’ve got lots; )
I am not sure yet Deb, I might go more with annuals this year, we will see
This is exciting. 🙂
I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!
Great way to make the most of your stump!