Re: [gardeners] The End Is Near

George Shirley (
Tue, 14 Oct 1997 20:51:18 -0500 (CDT)

At 05:58 PM 10/14/97 -0700, you wrote:
>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.
That's a sucker bet Margaret. Louisiana has some of the highest insurance
going. I pay about $1100.00 a year for 100/300/100 liability ONLY on two
cars, 1 7 years old and 1 14 years old. This whole damn state is sue happy.