#CutTheCrap Challenge: Donate to Your Library


We are in the digital age.  With so many electronic ways to lose yourself in a good piece of literary work, actual books themselves are becoming a bit of a novelty.  We enjoy the feel of a good hard cover, so there are a few books that we have purchased over the last couple years.

Mostly though, the Kindle has become a staple.  Everything is stored in the Amazon Cloud, and we can read from anywhere.  The purchase of books need not take up much space at all.

That being said, we still have a few shelves in the house of books that mean a lot to us that we probably will not let go of.

And with that being said… I can think of a box or two in the garage that are full.  It’s time for another trip to the library.  But, you don’t need to stop at just the books.

Libraries accepts donations of used books, DVD’s and magazines.

Items that meet the library’s selection policy and are in good condition will find their way to the shelves for others to enjoy.  Items that may not make the ‘good condition’ cut can be sold to help raise funds for your local library.

You can take your donations to the library any time it is open. Some libraries have donation bins… while others accept the items right at the counter.  If you would like a receipt for your donation, you can usually get one at the place where you would check your books out normally… but keep in mind that the library staff is not qualified to determine the value of your donation, but they can confirm the number and type of items you donated. It will be up to you to assign a value for tax purposes.

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Are you ready?… let’s do this.

StrawBale Garden: Irrigation

IMG_1360Our next step in the process was to figure out how we were going to keep those bales moist, and keep our plants hydrated.  Now… we thoroughly enjoy getting out in the yard… with a glass of wine, and holding the hose to the garden.  The old soul in us that is still a bit naive’ believed that this would be the route we would choose.  However, confession… we are also lazy.

So, it was inevitable that in order for this all to work, we were going to need to install some sort of irrigation system.  Whether it was a sprinkler of some sort, or a soak hose, it was going to need to happen.

Fortunately, all the talk of attempting a strawbale garden peaked some curiosity among our friends… one of which is a good man name Zeke, who had a drip system available to us… for FREEEEEEEE….

So… when offered, we said yes.

Neither one of us have ever had any experience with a drip system… so… it was off to YouTube we went for an education.  It seemed simple enough.  And we like that.

We ended up being given more than twice of the equipment that we needed, and it took us about an hour to get everything installed in such a way as to make us feel like we had this really high-tech operation set up over our strawbales.

After everything was set up… we turned on the spicket… and were thoroughly impressed from the word go.  Water was being delivered to the exact locations we wanted it to be… in a slow enough manner that we can turn the hose on, and leave it for a few hours.

By our calculations… each bale is receiving about a gallon and a half of water every 30 minutes.  So… we will calculate our needs based on the climate and needs of the plants.  We will also be able to make adjustments for the plants that are a bit more hungry for nutrients as the summer months come along.  We will post our findings in the days to come.

So… that is where we be in the process.  Check out the video for a multi-media demonstration.

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