A garden was the primitive prison, till man with Promethean felicity and boldness,
luckily sinned himself out of it. ~Charles Lamb, 1830
Hello fellow thrifty gardeners. Recently, I took a work related field trip to our county’s newest recycling center and I just had to share my experience with my like minded, earthly friendly and frugal gardening acquaintances.
I have visited several landfills and other waste disposal centers in this state; however, I was truly impressed with this particular location. The center accepts all types of recyclable wastes such as standard household materials, electronics, hazardous chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, clothing, appliances, yard debris, etc. The building itself is cavernous, but extremely well maintained.
But what really excited me was the large, free compost pile. Yes, free compost my friends! A frugal gardener’s favorite word. You simply have to provide proof of your county residency and bring your own containers and shovels and load the containers yourself. Best of all, there is no limit to the amount you can take for residential purposes only.
In the future, I plan on creating my own homemade compost system when the hubby and I move to the countryside, but until then, I plan on utilizing this extremely valuable resource for potting, mulch and fertilizer in my garden this year.
Please, check with your local county and townships to see if free compost, mulch or topsoil is available. You will not regret it.
Taa….taa… for now.
P.S. Attention Fellow Seed Collectors: Locally the home improvement stores, garden centers, and Dollar stores have begun to place garden seeds out on display. Most have seeds selling from 10 to 50 cents a pack. From experience I can tell you they sell very fast so you might want to take advantage of this right away.