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Re: It's over!/compost


It's still cold here but a bright day.  I like timely topics.  March is
pruning time for many things in my yard - maybe not this early in the month,
but coming up soon.
Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 9:28 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's over!/compost


> Yesterday the president of our MG group, a retired professor in
> horticulture, invited us to his home for a pruning demonstration.  It was
so
> much fun, and I learned a whole lot.  It was also a great day to be
outside
> (low 60'2 and windy), but it was warm in the sun.
>
> I am one of those people who has to be constantly re-educated on pruning
> techniques. :-)
>  zem
> zone 7
> West TN
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2005 11:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's over!/compost
>
>
> > Zem,
> > Our MG presentations are all advertised as a list, no one talk
advertised
> > more than another.  I attended the 6:30 one tonight, the latest it ever
is
> > and it was more sparse - maybe 20 and most of them MGs.  I knew the
> > scheduled speaker had bowed out at the last minute and the HortEd was
> > going
> > to take over his subject, so for me it was a triple attraction. 1) it
was
> > after work, so I could get there, 2) I did want to hear about pruning,
and
> > 3) I'm well aware that the Hort Ed is a very good speaker, so it would
be
> > entertaining.  However, most folks weren't aware of anything more than
> > that
> > it was about pruning.  He has his own scheduled talk tomorrow that I'll
> > also
> > attend.
> >
> > We try to select topics of interest, but some titles must not sound
> > interesting to the general population.  Did you think your Fri-Sat
topics
> > were of equal interest to those earlier in the week?  And I wondered why
> > he
> > didn't have later presentations during the week for people who come
after
> > work, but he said people don't come later.  I noticed, being there for
all
> > sessions on Friday, that the largest attendance was for the first pres
at
> > noon and each one after had fewer. Was it the subject? Was it the time
of
> > day?  Was it the type of people who come at certain times of day?  I
don't
> > know.  But I think daytime presentations draw people who have plenty of
> > time
> > and wouldn't mind sitting down for awhile.  While weekenders and evening
> > folks need to cram more into a few hours and spend it at the trade show.
> >
> > You are right, the Hoosier ReLeaf site only deals withthr tree project.
I
> > think he's just so busy he hasn't gotten the composting on the web.  He
> > has
> > made videos with  partners who do landscaping and they show how they
> > slavage
> > all the scrap from a wooded lot, save specific trees, AND rope off the
> > area
> > for home building to prevent heavy equipment from compacting tree roots.
> > They take all the scrap produced in building the home from the trees
they
> > remove to the drywall waste, compost it in 6-12 weeks and then return it
> > to
> > the building site to spread and then sow grass.  He says grass grows
> > green,
> > fast, and klush in the compost.  He owns Ringgenberg's Garten Haus, but
I
> > couldn't find anything on the web about it except that it's a state IDEM
> > location.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> > Kitty
> > neIN, Z5
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2005 7:22 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's over!/compost
> >
> >
> >> Kitty, that is wonderful news about your talk.  Our MGs worked at our
> >> Home
> > &
> >> Garden show last weekend.  I worked at the booth and had lots of
> >> visitors,
> >> but the speakers didn't have any audience on Friday and only a few
people
> > on
> >> Saturday.  Was  your talk heavily advertised?
> >>
> >> I went to Hoosier Releaf's website, and it didn't have any info on the
> >> compost project -- just planting trees. :-(
> >> zem
> >> ----- Original Message ----- 
> >> From: "Fort Wayne, IN" <4042N15@nationalhearing.com>
> >> To: "chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2005 5:27 PM
> >> Subject: [CHAT] It's over!/compost
> >>
> >>
> >> > Dear Friends,
> >> > I just wanted to write and thank all of you for your support,
> > information,
> >> > and treasures some sent, to help me with my presentation at the Home
&
> >> > Garden Show.  It went well.  I had an audience of 77; the MG who
> > assisted
> >> > me
> >> > stretched out my 60 booklet handouts by only giving one to couples.
> >> > The
> >> > powerpoint presentation I had on a borrowed laptop connected to a
> > provided
> >> > projector and it all flowed seamlessly - except for the time I
dropped
> > the
> >> > microphone.  I was happy I had samples of materials and bulbs to show
> >> > as
> >> > most of the other speakers simply relied on slides and I think some
of
> > the
> >> > attendees enjoyed the opportunity to actually see and touch the
> > materials.
> >> > Thank goodness it is over, though.  On to real gardening.
> >> >
> >> > The last presentation yesterday was on composting so I thought I'd
see
> > if
> >> > the speaker had anything new to say.  Well, it was nothing like what
I
> >> > expected.  He is the president of Hoosier ReLeaf and he showed videos
> >> > of
> >> > his
> >> > 38 acre composting site.  They compost absolutely everything -
drywall,
> >> > sawdust, manure, all building materials, leaves, etc.  He began this
in
> >> > conjuction with a local construction company when Indiana was pushing
> >> > to
> >> > reduce yardwaste going to landfills.  Then the state decided it
didn't
> >> > care,
> >> > so of course, the construction company didn't care either and dumped
> >> > the
> >> > project.  This man, owner of a nursery, was able to scrape up enough
> > money
> >> > to buy just one of the machines.  And now he does it himself.  It is
> >> > soooooooooo amazing!  I haven't seen the website yet, but you might
> >> > like
> >> > to
> >> > look at it:
> >> > www.hoosierreleaf.org
> >> > He explained how, if McDonalds changed just their straws, he could
> > compost
> >> > all their waste.  If Pizza Hut changed just their pop lids, he could
> >> > compost
> >> > everything.  But he can't get in to talk to the right people.  He
sells
> >> > his
> >> > compost for about $70 a ton.  He says they do the same thing in CA,
but
> >> > there they get $400 per ton.  When he worked with the county, he was
> > able
> >> > to
> >> > do 26 times as much as he can on his own, but he still keeps 14 rows
of
> >> > compost going all the time.  Unfortunately, he said the state is
making
> >> > some
> >> > new zoning restrictions and they pay force him down to only one row,
> > which
> >> > would put him out of business.
> >> >
> >> > How can Indiana be so incredibly stupid?  Separating yardwaste isn't
> >> > difficult and the benefits are from here to the moon.  Instead,
> > everything
> >> > goes to the dump.
> >> >
> >> > Kitty
> >> >
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