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Growing Kindling with Coppicing.

I just finished reading "Coppicing Trees for Sustainable Firewood" (February/ March 2018). I've used this method for a few years now, but never knew it had a name. Originally, I cut down an old box-elder maple tree growing near my garden to get rid of it. However, the tree refused to die, and instead grew tons of sucker branches. Nowadays, I'm sure glad it grew back. Each spring, I cut all the new growth back down to the stump and use the small shoots as posts for my chicken-wire fence. At the end of the season, the wood goes into my kindling pile to burn, and I get ready to start the process over again the following season. This method works tremendously and costs us absolutely nothing!

Coleen Stowell

Bancroft, Michigan

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Title Annotation:Dear MOTHER
Author:Stowell, Coleen
Publication:Mother Earth News
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 1, 2018
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