Well past time to let libraries reopen
I can appreciate the precaution being undertaken these days. My gym has closed and doesn’t plan to reopen. I miss those workouts, but I know the owner’s apprehension.
What I can’t understand is why the library is closed. Some outer branches are open, provided you call ahead and request a specific book and they’ll bring it out to you. My problem is I don’t know what book I want.
I go through the shelves and select ones that interest me. I like going to the main one. I can’t remember being crowded while browsing.
The only crowd I’ve noticed is all the people who are on the computers. It’s a problem so shut them down or remove them for the time being.
I go to the market every week. I visit Price Chopper, Hannaford, Shop-Rite and Walmart. I’ve yet to see where one has been shut down because of an outbreak.
Do they feel it’s healthy to touch canned goods, produce and frozen food while it’s not safe to touch books? If they’re worried, then restrict their hours. Allow retirees in the morning and everyone else after lunch.
Gardeners should plan for next year
The covid virus crisis led many people with backyard space to turn to gardening as a hobby to fill some newly found time on their hands with something productive.
Hopefully, they found enjoyment and a lifelong activity in gardening.
New gardeners can prepare now for next year’s garden by using the gift of leaves from their trees. Instead of putting the leaves out for pickup by your local highway department consider using them yourself.
Creating a designated area in the yard to store leaves for the spring garden season is a great way to get started. A simple pile is an easy way to create natural composting.
Over the winter, the leaves will break down into a usable mulch to spread on any gardens you have. Another way to use leaves for composting and mulching is to put them directly into your garden. In this way winter leaves provide ground cover for a garden.
As they break down, they create leaf mold, which is essentially “composted” shade tree leaves. The material it produces is an excellent additive to soil. It can be mixed in during tillage or used as surface mulch for no-till gardening.
In the spring, it will conserve moisture in the soil during the growing season and slowly become integrated into your garden.
I encourage home gardeners to plan for next year by using what nature gives us.
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