Persistence. As humans, we need it badly. We live in a universe in flux and if we want to succeed we need to keep trying.
This is the year when I decided to jump on the re-use wagon. Mind you, I was already reusing some stuff, like my empty plastic soda bottles; but this year, I decided to do more. With that in mind, I began to collect 4 and 5 gallon buckets for my sub-irrigated containers, I scavenged for wooden pallets, and I began to think of new ways to use other stuff.
Then I ran into Peter from Wichita Rain Barrels at the Wichita Garden Show and this encounter expanded my ideas on reuse.
I originally set out to buy a rain barrel from Peter but then I decided to learn how to make one.
So I need a 55 gallon plastic barrel.
This is where the persistence comes in.
I called the local Coca-Cola bottler and they told me they only give their plastic barrels to the State of Kansas. Next I called the local Pepsi bottler; they told me to come and get one or two if they were available. I’ve made two trips out there (they won’t tell me over the phone if they have any barrels available) to no avail. Apparently, demand for the barrels has increased dramatically. “Check with us later” the guard at the guard gate told me. And I will.
The same thing happened with the 5 gallon buckets. At first, I tried and tried and no restaurant in town would give me any buckets. I kept at it until I found a restaurant that would. Now, every two weeks or so, I go and have lunch there and come out with a few buckets in hand.
I am also trying to locate a steady supply of wooden pallets. I have gotten some here and there but I will continue to look for a place where I can get them steadily. You will be surprised how many companies pay to dispose of them.
Then there’s Craiglist. I know serial killers lurk in there but there are so many cool things you can get for free!
So remember; if at first you can’t get what you need for your gardening needs for free; Persist.
Over and out.