I’m across Dallas at Susan and Jonathan’s (my grandchildren). I’ve been sitting with their new nanny for baby Sydney. After three months’ leave, Susan had to go back to work this past Monday. Nanny Rita and I finally got Susan out the door. However, by 2:30 p.m., she was back home. Somehow, I wasn’t surprised.
It’s about that time of the year to dust off the rakes and begin cleaning up all the leaves that fall from our trees. As we drive around, we’ll see people burning and bagging tons of leaves and sticks from their yards. It wouldn’t take much effort at all to turn those leaves into nutrient-filled compost to use in our gardens and flower beds.
Compost can improve aeration of soil, root penetration and water infiltration. It can make clay soils easier to work and helps sandy soils retain more water. Plus it’s an environmentally sound practice in that it keeps the bags of leaves out of the landfill.
There are many different types of composters that can help you create this very valuable product. Of course there are composters that can be purchased from many home and garden centers. However, for the true do it yourself person there are those that you can create yourself. The simplest and most inexpensive thing you can do is just make a pile in your backyard. This works well enough if you don’t mind the appearance of an uncontained compost mound in your yard. Just find a good location and pile your yard waste in a mound about three feet by three feet by three feet. Then cover the pile with a layer of soil — it will keep moisture for the microorganisms and soil animals working to make compost.
It wasn’t a great start to a Friday. The latest employment numbers came out on July 8, and they certainly didn’t paint a pretty picture. According to the Labor Department, nonfarm jobs rose by only 18,000 in June, woefully short of the 90,000 economists had predicted. To make matters worse, the May jobs increase was revised downward to a paltry 25,000.
Early on in my business school career, a professor emphasized that in order to succeed at business we’d have to stop thinking like consumers. I’ve been in business school long enough that I am really starting to see the business side of things. I’d hope so, considering I’ll finish up classes next quarter.
But, having been a consumer my entire life makes it difficult to shake the habit. Especially when it seems that companies aren’t really considering loyal customers’ best interests.