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.)

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

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 7:40PM
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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
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John adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson all were what could be described as "compost wackos".

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 7:04AM
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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
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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
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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
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