Garbage Post , Brothers Campfire

May 12, 2023

Benjamin from Brothers Campfire here!

I took the day off today…

To complete work.

Throughout 2022 to the present, I have taken grass clippings, mulch, leaves, pine needles, straw, manure, logs, wood chips, and sticks from local landscapers and neighbors to pile over my ⅓ acre, effectively smothering most of my lawn.

Some areas are a foot thick and the recent rain has made it thoroughly wet, a much-appreciated occurrence.

Today was no exception, and I processed quite a bit.

Mother’s Day weekend marks planting time here in Colorado Springs so I planted corn, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, grapes, thyme, oregano, basil, sunflowers, and a variety of annual and perennial flowers.

I also installed a waterfall to my pond, adding comet goldfish and duckweed.

Tomorrow will be more of the same. I didn’t go to recess growing up, and don’t play.

My goals include planting strawberries, blackberries and more grapes, processing a large amount of trash, and manufacturing charcoal.

The large amount of trash is frustrating. My son and a young man I know named Tony agreed to take 2 loads of furniture and other household goods and got half of the money up front. She ghosted them for the second half, making it impossible to afford taking it to the dump as it is now cost prohibitive.

I was able to make contact and she sent me a picture of her wristband stating she is in the hospital.

We will see how this plays out. There is a mattress, rained on stuffed animals and a large broken TV that would look good where my son and Tony found it. It is approximately half after all.

Well, off to bed. The Fitbit says I burned over 4000 calories.

Author: Benjamin

Benjamin Thiel is a community leader, urban farmer, and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. He might know a guy...

29 thoughts on “Garbage Post , Brothers Campfire

  1. Amber says:

    That’s a lot busy man. Thanks big bro for the congrats

  2. Thattamma C.G Menon says:

    So awesome post 🌹🙏👍🏻 A lot of varieties of fruit plants you want to plant your compound and
    making a pond for fishes and ducks with water foundation are so good subjects and I pray that
    you will succeed in them and May there be joy of good in all to you and son and your loving family 👏
    Happy Mother’s Day to your lovely wife and grace wishes to her 💝💐 have a happy weekend 💐💥
    dear friend 🌹🙏♥️😍🌹

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of work. You must keep very busy. Wishing your wife a Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Homemaking in the Dunes says:

    Our trashrates have gone insane. My husband’s composter machine lasted 3 hours runtime. You were very productive. Happy Mother’s day to your wife.

  5. Petra says:

    Big trash is always such a hassle. And they wonder why people dump their stuff out in nature and cause harm to the environment.

  6. Mr Gnome (etal) says:

    That mulch sounds great for water retention (and a gnome hideaway). Unfortunate you were not payed for the job, and that the young were esentualy punished with no pay while trying to be upstanding members of the community. Props must be given for taking the high road and not retaliating and returning the trash to her doorstep. What gnome-sense.


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