The Hazards of Gardening In The ‘Hood…Be Careful Out There

Gardening in the ‘Hood is like gardening elsewhere…except for one additional chore.

If you live in the ‘Hood, you need to perform a daily check of your gardens for trash left by what I will call the “party people.”

They arrive during the afternoon or late evening…engines & mufflers announcing their arrival…

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They park, have a quick meal, and throw their trash on the sidewalk or in your garden…

Fast Food Trash

Fast Food Trash

Afterwards, they may quench their thirst with a libation or two…or three…

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Some may engage in additional activities…

Syringes & Needle Trash

Syringes & Needle Trash

Each morning you should carefully check on the detritus left by your visitors! The debris field can be quite extensive at times.  It is recommended that you use a trash pickup stick for this purpose. Latex gloves are also a good idea!

Fortunately, most of the trash is disposed of in quick order:

  • The empty beer and liquor bottles obviously go in the Recycle Can
  • Paper and food wrappers likewise go into the Recycle Can

However, the disposal of used condoms and syringes is another matter altogether.  Technically they are bio waste and should be disposed of accordingly. Blue Can or Gray Can?? I can’t decide.  Perhaps, the garbage company will provide Sharps containers and biowaste cans that we can strap to our trees…with signs>>”Used Condoms” and “Used Needles” Emoji

ADDITIONAL GARDENING TIPS

  • To reduce the risk of fire from the many discarded cigarettes keep dead vegetation and leaves under control.
  • To reduce your risk of getting a needle stick from the discarded syringes, use a pickup stick.

In addition, it is advisable to wear heavy gloves while pruning in case you encounter a discarded syringe in a hedge or bush. You don’t want to get a needle stick forcing you to get tested for all kinds of nasty diseases.

Happy Petaluma Gardening!!

P.S. Perhaps the Petaluma Garden Club has additional suggestions!!

See you at the Petaluma Arts & Garden Show!

Petaluma’s Trestle Restoration…In need of a cosmetic cover?

I have, for the most part, overlooked subjects that formed the basis of many a blog post here and elsewhere in the past. 

Sometimes, however, there are scenes that cannot be ignored and require further exploration.

Consider these photos from a walk after lunch Downtown on October 11, 2011…

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I am assuming that the area is in full compliance with local codes to prevent people from venturing out on the trestle.

Until the project moves forward, perhaps the general appearance in the area could be improved by the application of a tarp or new plywood to cover up the gaping holes.

Lose something? Baby Stroller? Grocery cart?

There is nothing like a casual trip across town–in this case late afternoon on June 7, 2011– for opportunistic photo ops.

This has always been the case, but this time there was a special twist.

Lost and alone in Petaluma’s urban wilderness…a baby stroller perched on top of a building at Water Street & Petaluma Blvd. in downtown Petaluma…

Over the years I have photographed many an unusual piece of discarded wheeled manual transport–shopping carts to be sure, but also hospital gurneys, baby strollers and wheel chairs.  But a stroller on top of a building was a first. There are many possible captions for this scene…but I, of course, could not possibly comment.

Turning now to regularly abandoned means of transport…our forlorn and forgotten shopping carts.*

Nicely and neatly  placed at the corner of East Washington & Sonoma Mountain next to the St. James Community Garden…

*NOTE–I am not about to reinstate my ancient campaign against shopping carts.  The gaggle of carts by St. James was just too hard to resist. On the plus side, this scene did not contain any carts from Safeway or Raley’s.  Their cart control systems seem to be working. There are, however quite a few other “cart” stores in P-Town.

For those who are morbidly curious about the shopping cart phenom go to>> PETSHOPCART

Save The Trestle?

Ah, the Petaluma Trolley & Trestle.  Well, most people may not know about the historic trolley, but they are aware of the trestle downtown.

Apparently there have been five years of fundraisers to help procure funds to restore the trestle and trolley service in Petaluma.

Whether or not such an effort is worthwhile or even economically feasible, I will leave to others. 

However, the existing trestle…is decomposing…in the middle of town…before our eyes… 

Could the City at least put a large blue tarp over it?

In the alternative, the City could cover it with a huge canvas and…

  • Have a contest to paint murals of a trolley & trestle on the tarp, or
  • Make it a designated freehand graffiti site

Just a thought…

Petaluma’s Blight Plight!

…and by blight I am referring to graffiti, trash, and abandoned shopping carts.  Granted, there is a large problem with foreclosed homes, or soon to be foreclosed homes, in our neighborhoods; however, I make no attempt to address that issue in this article….

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While the obvious graffiti has been somewhat down of late, I have noticed a resurgence of “practitioners” in certain areas around Lucchesi Park…

And of course, there is always the Weir Writing Wall on the Lynch Creek Trail…

There has been some progress on the abandoned shopping cart front now that Raley’s and Safeway have controlled their carts with electronic locking devices. I trust, however, that Safeway will not relax their diligence because they are diverting resources to scanning driver’s licenses!

But it matters not what Raley’s and Safeway do–there are still plenty of  carts from other stores roaming about our streets and neighborhoods…not to mention cavorting in our parks…

Lucchesi Park continues to be a shopping cart magnet. They should be listed as a featured attraction…

…along with other manifestations of  “trashy” behavior…

On a positive note, I can report that at least one person was thoughtful enough not to throw an empty cup on the ground…

I now close the Blight Report for March 2010. In fact, it will suffice for the balance of 2010.