- Wood-burning stoves are better in environmental terms as the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is the same as that absorbed by the tree during growth.
- Trees are a renewable resource (particularly when derived from plantations and cultivated woodland; or in our case, when you plant new trees and only cut down standing-dead ones).
- Wood ashes can be used very successfully in the vegetable garden (except in the area where you plan to grow potatoes). Mix the ash thoroughly with your soil. Tomatoes seem to benefit especially from soil that has been mixed with a small quantity of wood ash.
- Nothing is cozier than sitting around inside on a frigid day in front of a toasty-warm wood stove. Nothing.
In addition to all the standing-dead we've taken down, we're in the process of replenishing. In the last year, we planted more than 100 black walnut trees, 25 white spruces, two peach trees, and a weeping willow—and we're just starting! The boys cut a nice pathway out back the other day, which will be used for additional milling and planting (and eventual hiking trails... more about that later!). Stay tuned for more woodsy lore!