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…
They park, have a quick meal, and throw their trash on the sidewalk or in your garden…
Fast Food Trash
Afterwards, they may quench their thirst with a libation or two…or three…
Some may engage in additional activities…
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”
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!