Re: [gardeners] The End Is Near

Margaret Lauterbach (
Tue, 14 Oct 1997 17:58:45 -0700

At 04:16 PM 10/14/97 -0500, George Shirley wrote:
>At 12:22 PM 10/14/97 -0700, you wrote:
>>At 10:54 AM 10/14/97 +0000, you wrote:
>>>> I'm with you, Cheryl.  I have a greenhouse, and love that, but as for the
>>>> outdoor garden, I'm focused now on soil improvement.  That's true of
>>>> fall, and I can't wait for the leaves to fall.  Free nutrients.  I
used to
>>>> drive around neighborhoods looking for people bagging leaves so I
could ask
>>>> if I could have their leaves for my garden.  Very few were already
>>>> to other gardeners, so rakers and baggers were delighted I wanted their
>>>> leaves.  Most even helped me load them into the pickup.  I have a camper
>>>> top, so can hold about 25 bags (if I slam the tailgate and/or the back
>>>> window fast enough).  Margaret
>>>This is good to hear, Margaret. I'm planning on hustling leaves this 
>>>fall and have been worried that people would think I'm whacko (don't 
>>>say it, George).  Believe it or not, the only reason I didn't go out 
>>>leaf hustling last year is that I was intimidated by how I thought 
>>>people might react.  Dumb, huh.  But this is Idaho and I had a vision 
>>>of folks with rifles and hunting dogs.
>>I'll tell you the whole story, then, Liz.  Several years ago I ran an ad in
>>a weekly advertising pub. that was delivered to every home, asking for
>>"free fertilizer for my garden."  I got 27 calls, only one from another
>>gardener saying if I had more offers than I could handle, would I give her
>>the extra name or names?  I selected a livery stable because they had a
>>mountain of aged horse manure and bedding, and it was easy to get to.
>>Friends joined me in hauling manure away.  Dump trucks full, and I had
>>several pickups full.  We didn't make a dent in the mountain.  
>>Be sure you always specify what you're asking for is for your garden. Even
>>Idahoans think that's charming.  With your cultah-ed Sothron accent and
>>all, you may charm them out of more than you bargained for. ;-)) Margaret
>Anne contacted some folks on the outskirts of town and now has all the race
>horse manure mixed with rice hulls that she can haul in the T-Bird. Gotta
>get a pickemup truck.
I betcha if you get a pickemup truck your car insurance will go down.