Is it spring yet? I'm so fired up to dig up my side yard, put in a mini-fruit orchard, and rip in a big old vegetable patch in the back. What got me itching to get my hands dirty just a week before the winter solstice? Why, my gutter guy, of course!
The guy we found to clean our gutters out for the winter is, it turns out, a serious gardener who not only grows 60-some tomato plants each summer, but also maintains a stand of fruit trees that includes FIGS! In MASSACHUSETTTS! Sorry to shout, I'm just inspired, that's all.
He asked if I wanted to keep the gunk that he was pulling out of my gutters, and I said no because, alas, I don't have a compost bin or set-aside place to keep it. Next year I will, but for now, my basement red wigglers are my only sources of compost.
At least I know my gutter-gunk will get a good garden home, though - he bagged it and took it away...straight to his home compost pile. I'm relieved it won't go to waste.
But meanwhile, I wanted to share what I learned today, dear readers:
1. The stuff that clogs your gutters is not only compostable, if it's been sitting there more than a year, it may already be compost!
2. Many gutter cleaners will charge you less if they don't have to haul the stuff away. I could have saved $25 if I had better prepared.
Sigh. Spring seems so far off....but hey, that gives us more time to dream
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