Monday, June 16, 2008

Curses, Foiled Again

Our city collects yard waste monthly in the summertime, and again after the Christmas holiday. The leaves, branches, and grass clippings are chipped and blended to make mulch, which is available for free pick-up. The only two cars I have ever owned have both been subcompacts, and I never figured out how to take advantage of the free mulch before--except the time last year when a neighbor took down a tree and chipped it, putting a "free" sign atop the mound in the side yard. Then I just walked down the street with my wheelbarrow. Oh, the memories!

This year, I got inspired. Why not use my county issued recycling bins? They don't transport a lot of mulch, but both fit in my car at the same time, and that's a big advantage. Unfortunately I timed my brief spurt of brilliance with an ongoing wave of storms. I did manage to get the marigolds planted (in front of the astilbes) and the first bin of mulch spread before the storms blew in. I thought I might put the rest on my tomatoes this evening after work, but we've had a line of storms passing through all day, complete with hail and tornado warnings. Purple on the radar! We don't get that often.

The mulch is going to have to wait another day. I doubt I could lift the water laden mulch bin now anyway.

7 comments:

Nadine said...

I thought about getting some free mulch from my town, but I didn't progress much past that. Kudos to you for your craftiness.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL!

Sorry about the rotten storms.

We have a swamp now in our backyard and I think it is breeding sceebies!

I like soda boy's drawing but no time to comment now. AK! Later. As in tomorrow or the next day or sometime.

BlackenedBoy said...

At least you have the mulch, though, right? Now you can use it later on.

Green Bean said...

Ahhh man! My city has a simliar program. I'm all for free compost.

BerryBird said...

Woohoo! After a three rainy days in a row, it is lovely out tonight, and I got the rest of my mulch spread. Of course my immediate conclusion is that I need more. More, more, more! I could really use some to put under the hydrangea bushes out back to slow down the garlic mustard invasion. Maybe next weekend? For now, at least the tomatos and basil got their share.

Aliki2006 said...

A few weeks ago Scott got a mountain of mulch FREE from Craigslist and I swear I thought we'd never get to the bottom of it...!

Debbie said...

I missed the free mulch..and I have a truck! Growl...

Your front entry from the photo looks pretty and I'm glad you got things planted :)

Purple on radar means RUN, DO NOT WALK! LOL