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A city & apartment person from way back, I moved into a rental house with yards in spring 2003. It all started with wanting to make a compost pile, about which I knew nothing. Then the front yard became the untidy standout in a neighborhood of tidy and tended (but not uniform) gardens and lawns and I felt the urge to tidy and tend.

My reluctance to use chemical weedicides and fertilizers led me to understand that I'm an organic gardener by inclination. Being a cheapskate led to the same conclusion.

Learning about compost, soil, and modern agricultural techniques I've come to the conclusion that we, as a country, are crazy. One, we're drowning in in manure from meat producers. Two, landfills are bulging compostable municipal solid waste (such as leaves and grass clippings) and waste paper; I've heard that these two together comprise 2/3 of waste. Three, we're losing topsoil and fertility, we suffer from floods and droughts, and farmers are deep in debt from buying the latest technology in order to increase their slim margins. We could alleviate all three problems with one solution -- combining problems #1&2 to create compost & mulch to address #3 -- but we're not doing it. Maybe someday I'll win the lottery and can address this question. Till then, buy organic.

I'm moving to a new house in Fall 2004 and will have to restrain myself from messing with the garden till a full year has passed and I understand my soil, drainage, sun, and other conditions. I have vague hopes of impressing my new neighbors with my lush, easy to maintain yard and thereby converting them to composters and mulchers.

I live in: United States

My zone is: zone 7

My favorite forum 1 is Soil.

My favorite forum 2 is Frugal Gardening.

First registered on July 11, 2003 .