While this spurt of warm weather joyfully reminds us that Spring is just around the corner, the limited amount of snow we’ve had this past winter could translate into less water for our home and garden needs this summer. Although we New Englanders don’t typically consider water a scarce resource, catching rain water for your plants and gardens just makes sense: you may recall the recent water restrictions in Wolfeboro, there are the more obvious financial savings and it’s continuing the tradition of Yankee resourcefulness. Composting converts your grass, leaves and table scraps into an abundant supply of rich garden soil that also works to maximize the moisture content of your soil and therefore the health of your plants.
Every year, in celebration of Earth Day, G.A.L.A. participates in a statewide composting bin and rain barrel sale organized by the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA). Through Monday April 2nd, a backyard composting bin and how-to guide with a combined retail value of $100 can be purchased through G.A.L.A. for only $52. The bin is black, has a 10-year warranty, and is made of 100% recycled plastic. It’s approximately 35″ high and 33″ wide, and large enough for a family of five. For an additional $10 you will receive a nifty 2 gallon kitchen pail to collect food scraps before disposing them in your outdoor bin. Or you can purchase the kitchen pail separately and take your scraps to the newly opened Food Compost Bin located at the Wolfeboro Transfer Station. It’s estimated that 25% of the average household’s waste consists of yard trimmings and kitchen scraps that can be easily composted. By composting this waste, participants help the town save around $100 for every ton of waste they compost because it is not shipped away for disposal.
New this year is sturdy, professional quality Compost Turner at $20. It measures 34 inches long and features heavy duty blades that open to aerate and turn the compost, saving you the traditional job of removing and reloading by shovel.
Rainwater barrels are also available at reduced rates during this limited time offer. Large 55 gallon cistern barrels made from high-density poly-ethylene with up to 50% recycled plastic and a retail value of $120, are being offered for only $67. Rain barrels include all accessories necessary to attach the barrel to any existing downspout system. Participants will save water and could cut household sewage treatment and water bills by up to 40%.
Conserve resources and reduce town spending by purchasing a backyard compost bin and rainwater barrel today! Order forms are available at the Wolfeboro Transfer Station, Wolfeboro Town Offices, Made on Earth, and can also be DOWNLOAD HERE- GALA Bin & Barrel Order Form_’12. The Wolfeboro Transfer Station will display the featured compost bin and rainwater barrel leading up to registration deadline. Interested residents may also contact Carol Holyoake at G.A.L.A. for more information by calling 603-539-6460, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All orders must be in by Monday April 2nd. Participants can pick up their purchases at G.A.L.A.’s office located in the old Ossipee Mountain Grange Hall, 3 Pork Hill Road, Water Village on Saturday, May 5th between 9am and 2pm. Should our shipment arrive sooner than anticipated, G.A.L.A. will contact you for an optional, earlier pick up date.