Isn’t there an expression that says a rolling log gathers no moss? Well, it should go something like a rolling log can kill you.
I have an idea for a natural table and chairs made of logs. So my crew and I hunted down some freshly slaughtered (by the township) logs a quarter mile from my home. We set out to roll them back, sounds easy right? Like a cartoon solution. Well, the idea was brimming with TNT and my crew fell into serious danger... of being flattened. In particular, the youngest of my crew, ages six and eight, were close to being steamrolled into the path by Logs Gone Wild.
Turns out it's really hard to stop a rolling log. Long, exciting story short: We got the logs. They are perfect.
Story #2: How Organic is Organic?
I wanted to grow veggies and such but if I’m going to go to the trouble, they better be organic. I found out you DO NOT want to use railroad ties, regular wood from the store (treated), or normal plastic to grow veggies. Or a pot made out of leeching material like lead, aluminum, BPA, and all that crapola.
So what do you use? I wanted a pot or something on my patio so the rampant deer wouldn’t get in it and so the garden produce wouldn’t suck up the chemicals used by previous owners to treat the lawn. Or any of this Marcellus Shale crapola being pumped into my area’s natural water channels. I looked online and called a fancy gardening company but they couldn’t say any of their planters were non toxic. Really? Isn’t this something everyone is asking for in this paranoid culture I have become part of?
I emailed a master gardener from the area. I like that title; I need to get it. “Master Writer”. Hmmm, too close to something else. I defer the title. Thanks anyway.
The master gardener told me a lot of ideas to avoid and he’d only vouch for untreated wood. I bought a kit for a cedar raised bed planter from my local hardware store. I got it home and excitedly put it together! I was so proud! Then I found a huge patch of white, blueish and green fuzzy mold on a board. As I inspected, I saw a lot of the wood was really moldy. It claimed to be rot resistant and chemical free. It was already moldy, do I want to grow my food in here? Especially on my concrete slab, it has nothing to filter or aerate or absorb or retain- it’s all container.
I wasn't frustrated or anything, but I found my hatchet and considered hacking at a log in my backyard to make a canoe planter myself. My crew informed me that I did not have hatchet privileges and they refused to help me drag that heavy log. Six-year-olds are smart.
So I finally found and ordered trough planters with casters which are made of UV stabilized polypropylene. The company assures me it is non-toxic and organic and the company and product has a good rep from my research. I hope I don’t poison my family. I put the troughs together last night. Yeah, I was excited.