Monday, March 30, 2009

Compost, pruning and first blooms...

We've been spending our free time this past week working on our yard...getting things raked and tidied up, emptying compost bins and pruning fruit trees, perennials and grapes. Things are looking quite good now and it's lovely to see some blooms around. Now I can focus some energy on the veg garden, so far I've only planted some peas.

Yesterday my husband took a third truckload of prunings off to our dump to be mulched (oh, what I would do for our own shredder) and he came back with a surprise for me. My mind does tend to work in strange ways and so the first thing that came to my mind when I saw what he brought me was the song It's In His Kiss". You know how it goes?


Does he love me? I wanna know! How can I tell if he loves me so?

(Is it in his eyes?)Oh no! You need to see!
(Is it in his size?)Oh no! You make believe!
If you wanna know If he loves you so
Its in his kiss!(That's where it is!)


In his kiss? Well...maybe...but for me it is in what he brings me home from the dump. ;-) Or in what he brings me home for my compost. Coffee grounds, leaves, lawn clippings and now...
free bins!! With wheels and lids!! To store my excess compost so that I can empty out all my bins and get new batches going. You see how much he loves me?

Our city recently started a new waste program with new garbage, yard waste and recycle bins and so my husband noticed that our dump is full of plastic garbage cans that people have dropped off for recycling. He asked if he could take some home and was told that he could. What a kind and thoughtful man. ;-) He knows the way to my heart. ;-)

8 comments:

Julie Bou├ęsso said...

Hi Heather! Glad to have found your blog while browsing the Land O' Blog! Will visit again to try out some of your recipes - they all look delicious! :) Cheers, Julie

Hollie said...

My husband figured out these bins make fantastic rain barrels with a little tweeking. You just have to make a spigot on the bottom side, a few holes in the top side, and a hole in the lid for your drain pipe. Much better than the $200 ones I see on sale everywhere

Katherine said...

Lovely spring blossoms! We still have snow on the ground here.

Oh, your man is a keeper. He definitely knows you and loves you.

Jacqueline said...

I've been wondering what was going to happen to the 1000's of bins in this town! Yikes! Glad you're re-using some of them!

sheila said...

Gosh, it really IS true love! I'm tearing up just reading about it.

I was thinking about making one of those double palette compost bins you always see in the compost education centres but then I wouldn't be able to have it move around the yard like I do now, but I'm going to have to try something because those black plastic Earth Eaters I got in Vancouver are breaking apart. What you've got would work well. Are you going to punch holes in the bottom of them?

Heather said...

Hollie, thanks so much for your comment. I've told my husband about your rain barrels so he is going to get some more bins from the dump to make us some too. We only have one wooden one right now and would like more.

Shelia, you can never have too many composters. ;-) I actually am only going to use the plastic bins we got for storing my excess finished compost. We already have a big wooden 3 bin composter (my favourite), 2 black plastic ones, a leaf mulch wire bin and a plastic rotating barrel one (my least favourite). The 3 bin one - the kind in the Rodale book of composting - is far and away our favourite and I would like to have another one the same.

Samantha said...

Hmm, interesting. I've heard the plastic rolling ones were the best kind. What don't you like about it?

Happy Shopping Sue said...

Hi Heather,
Do you get the dump to mulch your prunings for your use? If so does it cost?Also, I just got a book from the library that made me smile and think of you It's called Pumpkin,by Dee Dee Stovel.Sue