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Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Selfish Green Gardener

Posted by admin on December 18, 2008

I’m not out to save the planet.  I don’t have the energy, nor the passion.  It doesn’t mean that I’m destructive, or don’t care.  It just means that my motivation for my “green-ness”  comes from a more….uh….self-serving purpose.

For Instance:

I enjoy a great deal of pride when I’m able to share a comfortable and relaxing environment with my guests.  For that to happen, I need a nice home and yard.  Yard work really sucks, but I do it cause I enjoy the results.

There’s no better eatin’ than fresh veggies from the garden.  They taste even better when you’ve grown them yourself.  Tending a garden is a whole lot of work (similar to the yard work, above), but the end result is worth it.

Our home sits on a one acre lot.  That’s not huge, but it gives us a little space.  It, also, gives us about 25,000 sq. ft. of lawn to mow.  Which brings me to the reason I compost.  Throwing the clippings in a pile sure beats loading them onto the trailer and hauling them to the landfill.  With a little extra effort, I can get that stuff to turn to “dirt” and use it to grow better veggies.

So, what about the rest of my property.  We still have plenty of space to grow weeds.  Have you ever priced out a gallon of weed killer?  My goodness!  I thought it was expensive to fuel my pickup.

Was I ever pleased to learn that I could swipe my wife’s household materials to kill the weeds!  You should see this list of home grown weed killers that Hanna posted at her “This Garden is Illegal” blog.  Not only has she identified several inexpensive and readily available substances, she has described how to use them.

Now, my wife is talking about locking all our cabinets.

 

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