John Adams Was a Compost Wacko

sylviatexas1March 27, 2011

I read it in Parade Magazine!

He was touring gardens in, uh, Germany? France? when he saw a big pile of what Parade called "fertilizer".

He jumped into the pile & gleefully proclaimed that his manure pile back home was better!

so how to you stack up against our founding father on the wacko scale?

(I my own self am doing nothing different from what I've done for years, ho hum;

taking lemon wedges home from restaurants,

screeching "don't throw that away!" when my hostess starts to discard grape stems,

stopping to ask total strangers for the bags of leaves they're hauling to the curb.)

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jolj(7b/8a)

I pick up bags of leave from the curb every Spring & Fall.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 7:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jollyrd(Richmond VA)

We had a great dinner at a Belgian restaurant, and went home with a bag of mussels shells - the ones we just ate. Washed them, crushed them, spread them around cabbage plants. We asked them for the entire day worth of their shells, but the said they just throw them away! No one ever approached them to take them off their hands!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 11:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

John adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson all were what could be described as "compost wackos".

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 7:04AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tifbee(7)

I wonder if there is a genetic predisposition that codes us as compost wackos (hehehe)? This would be a great topic for a nature vs. nurture paper. Do we compost based on environmental factors or is it something deeper...more of a basic instinct?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 9:17AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sylviatexas1

I think it's basic;
I grew up in the 50's & 60's, when the emphasis was on better living through chemistry, yet I've returned to something that feels like my roots or my inner nature.

or maybe it just appeals to the kid inside each of us, the child that still wants to get really dirty & play with gross stuff...

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 2:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
momstar(5)

I have always called it my "dirt therapy" when I play in my garden/compost. Now there is medical proof that it really works! Check this out.

Here is a link that might be useful: The New Antidepressant

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 7:14PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Need advice for filling a hole
Hi everyone, I have a 3 foot wide by about 1.5 foot...
arlene_82 (zone 6 OH)
Black gold
Black gold
mypaco
soil testing question
I posted this in the tropical fruits forum but I'm...
woohooman
Unique Problem with smell
I have what I would consider a rather unique problem...
papernpaste1
Animal Bedding Pellets for mulch?
I use white pine bedding pellets in my horse's stall....
cakbu
Sponsored Products
Red Moso Biodegradable Divided Plate - Set of Six
$29.99 | zulily
Area Rug: John Beige 8' x 11'
Home Depot
Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Artistic Weavers Rugs John Beige 8 ft.
Home Depot
"Drip Glaze" Lamp
$785.00 | Horchow
Aura Sculptural Bowl
$79.00 | FRONTGATE
Oversized Palm in Planter - GREEN
$1,700.00 | Horchow
Porcelina Tapered Clips 24-Inch Six-Light Dark Bronze 5000 Lumen LED Semi-Flush
Bellacor
Tori Pendant by Fire Farm
$212.40 | Lumens
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™