Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bees or Worms

Defining Moments
The definition of splurge :indulge oneself;
What it meant for me to splurge 10 years ago vs. splurging today sure has changed. Today is my 10Th anniversary at my job, at the Big Orange Box. I am thankful to have a job as the nation goes through such trying times.As a ten year veteran of the company I will be receiving three weeks paid vacation and "A BONUS" check. The bonus is $1000.00 (or about 600.00 after taxes)this is something the company no longer offers to new hires. I have been thinking of how to best spend this money.
The plan is new buckets for the farm water buckets, mucking buckets and grain buckets and new leads ropes leads for dogs and horses.The buckets we have are in tough shape, some are old and do not clean up well and some are cracked and leaking from two winters in Maine, the leads are tatted and torn.Buckets and leads add up quick I suspect it will be about $150.00 to $200.00 to replace them all. Next spring shots spring shots for the horses also add up quick Bob usually carries this burden however with his work being sooo slow some of the bonus money will go to shots.(Don't the boys look pretty in the spring sunshine? (in last years photo) Lastly a splurge item:
Bee's or Worms?
I would like to add both , but will limited to one this year and one next.
Why Bees?
The Joy of Honey
The Joy of Honey - Many people choose bees because of the potential to produce honey. Honey was one of the earliest, and remains one of the sweetest, commodities available to man.
Pollination - A second most popular reason to keep bees as a hobby is pollination. Many beekeepers also keep gardens. The simple act of keeping bees often enhances fruit and vegetable production because of all the pollination that the bees achieve.
Adding Bee's like adding pigs could add to the strife with Mr. Grumpy. Bees also cost more then worms.
Why Worms?
Re purposing
Worms can stay in the sun room or on the back porch.
The best fertilizer doesn't come from the chemical plant. It comes from nature. And with a worm composting system you can harness nature's oldest, most intelligent recycle - the Red Wiggler Worm. These busy little critters turn everyday kitchen waste, such as food scraps, coffee grinds, tea bags, junk mail, even shredded paper into migration tray system. As you fill the top trays with scraps, the worms migrate upwards, leaving behind 100% natural compost that is collected int he bottom tray.

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