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I've had a terrible couple of weeks, but the one bright spot has been my new, 55 square foot flowerbed, which I built last week. Digging in the dirt and moving stones to build a wall really helps you let off some steam! Our soil is mostly sand and clay, so I drove out to Birome, Texas, to get some compost. It's a tiny place that I doubt you could find on a map, consisting of a church, a handful of houses, and a cotton gin, which produces compost with all its discarded cotton hulls. This is the best compost you could ever find--it's rich and doesn't overheat or burn your plants.

In getting my compost, I discovered two things. The first is that there's a compost racket. My local greenhouse buys compost from the Birome gin and sells it for $3 per pound. Getting it directly from the gin, you get about forty pounds for $2.75. The second thing I discovered is that this stuff smells. It smells so bad. And one does not simply wash off this smell! No, it took about four washes to get the stink off my hands.

Now would not be a good time to shake my hand.

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Mar. 25th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Oh noes--Minty needs to watch her language! Tsk tsk. Lol.

I saw this about five seconds before refreshing and seeing that KT had posted, and I feel the need to share:

Mar. 25th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
DOH! You beat me to it!!
Mar. 25th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
RARG. Too late :s

I thought of KT as soon as I saw it, too.
Mar. 27th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
I feel special now, lol.
Mar. 25th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Oh you are so lucky!
(Getting a flower bed, I mean, not smelling like c...!) I can't wait 'til we get our own house and start gardening (we are currently in a drought, therefore we need a rainwater tank, therefore we need our own house before we can install one!)!

Oh that Minty! I don't think she thinks she is being crass. She is just a little bit rough around the edges.
Mar. 25th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
No handshakes for you! I'll just wave instead.

Cute comic today!

Mar. 25th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
Now I want pizza :P
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
I agree with Minty on that one. Compost smells nasty.

You could always cover up the smell with something else strong smelling... like onions.
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love this one! Interuption fun!

PS: love the little waterbottle. I can even tell the brand (but don't think I spell Danasi right)
Mar. 25th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
You're close - it's Dasani. And yeah, it's so cute!
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Mar. 26th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
She pulled an all-nighter. ^_^
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
You can also make your own compost from your kitchen scraps and a cheap plastic garbage can with lid. Drill a bunch of 1/2" holes all over the sides and bottom on your can, then start putting in roughly equal layers of veggie trimmings/yard clippings and dry stuff like leaves or shredded cardboard or newspaper. Every few days, flip the can over on its side and roll around for a while. You won't make huge lots of compost, but enough to give your flowers some extra boost without having to drive to the mill or pay through the nose.
Mar. 27th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I have a vermicompost (sp? it's worms, anyway). Totally love it. You put in your organic plant matter, you get nice, rich soil. Though you can't really dig in there with a shovel, so you better not be squeamish about worms.
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
I wish I could get my garden going... but it's snowing again here today :(
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
I had no idea compost could burn plants! Then again,I know almost nothing about gardening, so it isn't shocking I didn't know that. As always, I totally learned something new, thanks to your strip! :D
Mar. 25th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I cooked salmon over the weekend and it took about a day (and 50 hand washes) to get the fish smell off my hands. My cuticles looked nice though!
Mar. 25th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Have you tried washing your hands with one of these? There are various versions available now? http://www.stacksandstacks.com/rub-away-bar-odor-remover/

I've been told cold water & rubbing your hands on a stainless steel sink (or other SS item) works too.

I have one I bought AGES ago before they were more common... they never wear out & are awesome at removing onion & garlic smells off my hands!
Mar. 25th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I had heard about stainless steel getting the smell of onion out, I didn't even think to try it for salmon. I didn't know they made bar soap shaped stainless steel, that's neat. ^_^
Mar. 25th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Mine's a flattened tear drop shape with a bit on the end to get stuff out from under your nails... very handy!
Mar. 25th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear you've had a bad couple of weeks. Hope it gets better soon!
Mar. 25th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
We still have a foot of snow on the ground *sniff*
Mar. 25th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
If now's not a good time to shake your hand...

Then I feel sorry for your computer's keyboard. And the camera. And the ponies, and... :O

But, yeah, my question is related - If Minty's just eating breakfast, after five hours of writing, isn't she technically eating lunch? :D
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Properly done compost doesn't stink at all, it's biological fact. Did you have chicken poo mixed in it? That stuff smells SO bad.
Mar. 26th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
I would guess the compost isn't completely finished composting. If you get some that isn't completely rotted down, it reeks. And can burn your plants.
Mar. 27th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
I never cease to be amazed by the pony props!
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