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  1. Grainpaw commented on Bloom County 2016 3 days ago

    Yes, golfers and ex-military people are making a problem where there isn’t one. And the people who are afraid of snakes, but insist on having a three-acre lawn in the country. OCD lawn cutting and chemicals is part of the reason country club fees are so high. Get back to the basics. The Scots who originated the game used rocks, sticks and sheep.

  2. Grainpaw commented on Bloom County 2016 4 days ago

    Dandelion flowers are great in wine or beer. it is the lawn chemical industry that has cast them as obnoxious weeds in order to sell more chemicals. They only last about a month. Enjoy them while you can.

    “The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in his yard will find great relief in learning to love the dandelion.”-Liberty Hyde Bailey, Manual of Gardening, 1910.

  3. Grainpaw commented on B.C. 5 days ago

    Now sunlight, wind, and water movement are the lowest fruit. We just need different machines to harvest the energy.

  4. Grainpaw commented on B.C. 5 days ago

    If God wanted us to use fossil fuels, why did He make them so hard to get to?

  5. Grainpaw commented on Arlo and Janis 7 days ago

    Oh, the chickens and dogs love to eat the spent grain from the brewing process, and it makes a fine addition to homemade bread. And then, of course, the chicken manure eventually ends up in the garden. We don’t eat the chickens, just the eggs. They have a great retirement plan, just like Social Security. The young ones lay eggs that pay for the feed for the old ones.

  6. Grainpaw commented on Arlo and Janis 7 days ago

    I thought this strip was about waste disposal, not lifestyles.Arlo has yard chores too. The only reason I am scrambling and tired is because I am married to a woman with an endless list of things I can do for her. I take comfort in the delicious homebrewed beer and homemade wine that I make. Aside from free range eggs, our beef is from a cow that we watched grow up from the kitchen window, on the other side of the neighbors pasture fence, about 150 feet away.

  7. Grainpaw commented on Arlo and Janis 8 days ago

    Good for you. I’m within 100 feet of gardens bigger than your apartment. For that matter my greenhouse is probably bigger than your apartment. I have a B.S. in horticulture and work in a greenhouse. The library is about 5 miles away.

  8. Grainpaw commented on Arlo and Janis 8 days ago

    What’s your problem? It’s a routine, just as others have routines. It takes less time in a month than most people spend with their phones and computers in a day. I’m not paying a trash company to haul away one small bag a week, which would have to be taken to the end of a 250 foot long driveway. I’m almost retired. The health of my garden soil is as important as my health.

  9. Grainpaw commented on Arlo and Janis 8 days ago

    My standard kitchen trash can is a fairly sturdy 50 pound chicken feed bag. When it’s full, I pack it down, tie it shut, and put it in a pile next to the truck. Every 3 or 4 months, I take the pile to free dump day at the dump about 8 miles away. It takes about two hours to load, tarp the load, get weighed in and out, and back home. And I can take the occasional big item such as a dead appliance.Food scraps are composted or given to the chickens. Containers are rinsed before going in the trash bag. Anything like chicken bones goes in a regular trash bag in a metal can to keep the dogs out of it until dump day. Anything that can be recycled is recycled.Grass clippings and leaves are either blown freely or bagged and used in the compost pile or as mulch in gardens. Someone a mile away has a wooded house lot, yet feels compelled to vacuum up the leaves with a mower pulled contraption, so he can grow thin grass in deep shade. I’m now harvesting his huge pile several years old for mulch. It will be at least a dozen truckloads before I have it all.

  10. Grainpaw commented on Pot-Shots 11 days ago

    The less control I try to exert over things, the less stressed I am. It’s so much more relaxing than striving against the inertia of others. Entropy wins.