Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Collar Garden

Vegetable Garden, Flower Garden, Rock Garden, how ‘bout a Collar Garden?  Well not really, but dog collars are helping me grow a garden.  I have lots of little fabric scraps left over from making my collars.  I have duffel bags full, boxes full, totes full, you name it and it’s got little pieces of material stuffed in it that I’ve saved up all winter.    Most of them aren’t even big enough to give to someone to use for a quilt.  So they just get tossed aside and wait for summer. 

 And why do I save all those itsy bitsy pieces you ask?

Yup, compost.  I won’t even call that stuff we have under the grass around here soil, I don’t even think I want to call it dirt.  It’s a little dirt mixed with clay and lots and lots of rocks.  The only thing that grows in it is rocks.  They seem to just pop up like weeds, every spring I swear I find rocks (more like boulders) in the middle of my yard where I KNOW there wasn’t any the last time I mowed.  Forget about keeping a blade sharp on the mower, sharpen it and you’re just asking to hear that sickening scrape of rock against metal.  Anyways, back to all the little bitty pieces of fabric.  (Sorry, I hate Missouri “dirt”)  As soon as the weather warms up I start putting some of it in the compost bin.  

     This is what's left of a zipper I put in the pile last fall!

This is what all those little bitty, itsy bitsy, teeny tiny scraps (along with whatever vegetable scraps comes out of my kitchen and garden) turn into.  Nice rich dark compost that I can grow my garden in!

So Coopers Collars really truly are recycled in more ways than one!

Now to figure out what to do with all the stuff that won't compost.....  I’m thinking rugs.


  1. Really? Compost fabric - who knew?! Did I know you live in MO? I'm from St. Louis.

  2. You sure can as long as it's not synthetic. (cotton, linen, wool....) most thread doesn't because most times thread is nylon or polyester. Is your "dirt" this bad in St. Louis? I'm down at the Lake of the Ozarks! We're almost neighbors!


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