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White Pine Shavings, Garden Helper

By kylaluaz
November 4, 2014

I started using white pine shavings when I badly needed some carbon (dry browns) for a new compost mixture and didn't know where to get straw or dried leaves. I bought a bale of white pine shavings instead because they were cheap, not too heavy for me to carry, and easy to work with. I now like having them on hand for several uses, and I keep finding more.

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Name: Jo-Ann
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JoAnn
Nov 6, 2014 4:12 AM CST
I use pine shavings in my chicken coop, but never thought to use it as mulch. I will certainly give it a try
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Nov 6, 2014 5:48 AM CST
Oh gosh. White pine shavings plus chicken manure equals awesome awesome compost! I guess you probably already know that. So, yeah, you can use the fresh out of the bag stuff for mulch, etc., and the chicken litter as a fine soil amendment and compost activator.

I once got some rabbit manure mixed with white pine shavings -- an enterprising family sold big bags of the "clean up" from their rabbits. It was lovely wonderful stuff!

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orchidgal
Nov 9, 2014 9:04 PM CST
Wondering if this is light enough to blow around -- wouldn't want the neighbors complaining!
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Nov 9, 2014 11:07 PM CST
I'd be real surprised if it did that, once it's wet down a bit. I've never seen it blow around at all, unlike the dried leaves I also like to use!

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