Winter Gardening

Just this morning on Facebook, one of my friends wrote a post about how he had collected a bunch of plastic children’s toys, cleaned them up to donate to a charity, and the charity had suddenly folded.  Now he’s stuck with a garage of clean, gently loved children’s toys with no place to go.  The initial purpose of the project was to keep the plastic out of landfills.

The accumulation of plastic in landfills is a topic of concern.  My heart grows heavy and my brain is quickly weary just thinking about it.  In good American “Gone With The Wind” fashion, I’ll have to think about it tomorrow and avoid buying anything plastic today.  Is that even possible?  Is there nothing that won’t be wrapped in plastic?

Sometimes, my mother puts vegetable scraps in a plastic bag.  Then the bag goes into the barrel in the back yard where it waits for my father to take it to the transfer station, aka the dump.  There’s a lot of recycling that goes on at the transfer station, but the highly degradable vegetable scraps are not necessarily going to decompose inside Helen’s plastic bag.  I’ve lectured my mother about this and even once suggested they install or build a small compost pile in the backyard.

That idea was quickly squelched, a la NIMBY.

Now that I have quick and easy access to the natural world, I’ve built my own compost pile.

I save my vegetable scraps and coffee grounds in a sealed plastic container and bring them with me when I go to The Farm to walk on Sundays.  It’s easy enough.  There’s a horse farm down the road, too, and I’ve found piles of horse BLEEP on the road.  I pick it up with a gardening tool and a bucket.

I hope this isn’t too much information (TMI) for my delicate readers.

It’s almost winter, dark and cold.  A woman has to do something to generate warmth and hope for spring.  Reggie says “Keep looking outward, and keep moving, walking, and doing.”

That’s my winter gardening plan.  Keep looking outward, and keep moving.  Walking, doing.  I’m glad the horses on The Farm road are also moving, walking, and doing.  It’s going to help keep things warm inside that compost pile this winter.

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8 Responses to Winter Gardening

  1. gwynsmum says:

    So would you like me to now begin bringing you my shredded paper for the compost pile? : )

  2. jbomb62 says:

    We’ve had a compost pile here at JBE headquarters since we set up camp back in 1989. The irony, of course; our current compost bin is made out of plastic. Our old wooden bins rotted and collapsed.

    That fact aside, I enjoy my evening visits to dump the compost scraps from our kitchen, post-dinner. The night is usually cool and quiet. I have to be alert to the animals that like to visit (usually deeper in the night), which is one reason it’s my duty, not Miss Mary’s. Sometimes I’ll just walk around a bit on the lawn, headlamp perched on top of my head and listen to the sounds of night time. I especially like it after the snow falls.

    Composting is so easy; too bad about the NIMBY aversion to it.

    Does Lisbon offer a community composting option?

    • Mr. JBE,

      What do you do with your compost? I do not know if Lisbon has a community recycling program. I’ll have to investigate, but for now, it’s kind of fun to see what happens to my little project over on The Farm. I’m sure Uncle Bob will scratch his head. It’s all good, no one gets hurt.

      St. Helen would never be comfortable with rotting material in her backyard. Have you seen how clean the inside of the barrel is?

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are feeling revived from your sick day.

  3. Composting in the city can be difficult, but I’ve found a few solutions:
    1. Find someone else with a compost bin and ask if you can contribute.
    2. Community gardens with compost bins.
    3. Bring it to work…I’m fortunate that I work on a college campus and one of the student houses has created a compost for the entire campus, but even if you work in an office it might be possible to convince them to start composting all food waste.

  4. Also, it’s only a matter of time before composting turns into a viable business solution. Profits can be made as long as people are willing to give away their scraps for free.

  5. John Hric says:

    I garden in what is a fairly decent size urban lot. All of the waste goes into the compost pile and eventually back into the garden. The bins are 5 foot by 5 foot and there are three of them. They are made out of 2,5 inch pvc and large mesh fencing material. And the back of the compost pile is a fiberglass panel so the neighbor does not have to look at the compost pile. Keep composting !

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