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Garden Shed Tips and Tricks

This time of year always gives me more time to reflect and if I don’t slow down too much and go into full hibernation mode, I still have a few more opportunities to make long-term, positive changes to my life, garden, relationships, you name it. With the holidays still out there and a new year even further, I take stock of the past year and smile: 

  • I’ve weeded, pruned, cleaned and planted in the yard all year…check 
  • I’ve taken care of personal health and investment issues…check 
  • I’ve travelled and seen all of my family…check 
  • And had many life adventures …. 

Now, watching leaves falling from nearby trees, I open the current mail. I pause, then grab the next letter with WM on the front and slowly rip open our Waste Management bill and notice it actually went down (not up) and by over $100.00. Hmm….I beat my chest 3 times and hollered, ‘Let’s Go’ (testosterone…check, check) 

Well, last FALL: 

I made it a point to compost onsite using debris as a short-term mulch--losing one full can every week. Each extra can costs money. 3 cans a week adds up. 

I also recycle more and use cardboard to cover weeded areas. Future time is now saved for when I’m ready to plant anew. Dirt from moles is applied on top. 

Then I tackled the worst environmental offender…the garbage… and it turns out we are so efficient now, I can shrink the size of the weekly cans by half and save…Wait for it…$500 a YEAR. 

Taking time last Fall to make a plan worked in my favor and with most of the hard work over for the year I was making a choice to reduce and reward! That’s one man’s advice and another opportunity to Go green: $$$. 

Courtesy of S.W. Redmond Garden Club Member

But wait there’s more…. When cleaning up branch debris from the early slate of windstorms (and we know they’re out there), simply place them on top of tender plants. They act as a blanket for keeping dahlia tubers dry. I’ve been known to haunt the streets in search of truckloads of fir branches and when asked why, usually mumble something about wreaths. These also work well for container plants. Then in the spring simply uncover those mounds and check for new growth. Win-win. The only downside? You eventually have to send the debris out for waste, but only after they’ve performed their magic.

M. P. Redmond Garden Club Member