I'm a gardener married to a hobby woodworker. How do you use all that sawdust from oak etc? The shavings from the planer would make good mulch, but how do you use yours?
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Same here... it all goes into the garden.
I do my own version of the lasagna garden and layer anything I can get my hands on with manure and dirt.
I am always thrilled to get hubby's sawdust and shavings.
Just make sure those shavings, whether from the table saw, planer, or joiner, don't contain remains from pressure-treated lumber, as those may contain chemicals you don't really want or need in your garden. I try to separate my shavings -- i.e., empty untreated sawdust into the garden or compost heap, and empty pressure treated shavings into the trash.
last year I had a lot of sawdust and some heavy sticky red clay. I was given one of those black compost containers so I layed these with dog do and alfalpha. I stirred it up and watered pretty regularly and it turned into this interesting stuff. About 6 months later, I hauled it out to level out the edge of a bed and planted anemones, crocus etc under it. They are happily growing and the sticky red clay helped it hold moisture better than a regular compost would.
My husband creates LOTS of sawdust and it goes intot he compost pile. I used to put it straight on the gardne but it depletes the urea until it decomposes a bit. Also DO NOT put walnut into the compost I understand it's toxic. We're also careful about shavings or sawdust from finished wood of any type