Yardsourcing Rocks as Edging

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Edging is a beautiful thing. It creates a clear separation between lawn and garden while keeping mulch in place. How could it get any better? Yardsourcing, that’s how (it’s free and more fun). I like to think of yardsourcing with this made up aphorism that “one man’s yard waste is another man’s mulch.” In this case, however, it was an unwanted … Read More

Intro to Yardsourcing: Free Corkscrew Willow Trees

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Once a gangly little branch, this Corkscrew Willow tree came into its own as I grew up. When we moved into our new house in 1996, the former homeowner brought over a big branch of it as a housewarming gift. Here’s the fledgling Willow pictured behind my frightening Halloween getup, axe and all (right side of picture). Planted, staked and … Read More

Why don’t kids work anymore?

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When life gives you lemons you make lemonade, right? But what if life gives you half a lemon? Garnish an ice tea? Sadly, today the availability of jobs to minors isn’t so far removed from this (admittedly terrible) analogy. The percentage of 16 – 19 year olds working a Summer job is roughly HALF of what it was in 1978. … Read More