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Save Our Weeds!

July 10, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
I have just come inside after a morning spent harvesting Japanese beetles, green beans and raspberries, in that order. I also spent time with the ever-present weeds along the side of the house. The area is too close to the side flower border to use an herbicide, so they have to be dug out individually with my fingers and an old steak knife. I had enough to fill two containers with spotted spurge, purslane, grass, stary columbines and tiny seedlings that would grow up to be redbud trees. Which brings me to thwe point. It has been confirmed that the Waste Water Treatment plant will no longer accept weeds and brush after August 1st. This is going to be a huge problem for me and for hundreds of other gardeners. The facility has good reason for shutting down the service, financial, fire hazards etc, but that leaves us with the problem. I fill two compost bins with just kitchen scraps, and have no spare corner for another compost pile without sacrificing a growing space. On July 16 at 4:45 in City Hall, the streets, Sidewalks etc. committee of city council will meet to discuss the situation. The meeting is open to the public, so I encourage you to attend and make your concerns known. There may be some way to pay individually for the service, or maybe some enterprising person with a ravine, or with a field and access to a shredder will step up and open their own facility. So please attend and let the city see that there is a real need.


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