NEW: Un-Patented Pooper Scooper
OK, I have a confession to make. Today I feel REALLY stupid. Ever since our beautiful border collie Charlie joined our family we’ve gone through packets and packets of plastic dog pooh bags, trying to be responsible citizens every time we take him for a walk. I hated the idea of all the plastic but did it anyway.
I’m not sure why.
Sometimes it seems to take a long time for the penny to drop.
Today I realised that all I had to do was take a bucket and trowel with me on our walks.
So, for my new action today, I charged off on our walk with my brilliant new pooper scooper. No more plastic bags in this house! It was actually far easier and more enjoyable than using a bag, and obviously makes so much more sense. Why I kept tying organic matter up in plastic and sending it to landfill still defies comprehension. But it is what it is, and won’t happen again.
Having the trowel came in quite handy. With my secateurs in my backpack and trowel in my bucket, I was well equipped to dig out this Buddleia that we came across on our walk.
I LOVE Buddleias, or Butterfly Bushes, but I’ve observed first-hand what a nightmare they are for our native vegetation. In the photo above you can see how the seed has spread from someone’s garden and then grew in this crack in the concrete. From here the seed would wash down the road and into the stormwater, and then into the Bush.
They’re incredibly tenacious. Check out this plant in a wall in Katoomba:
Down around Katoomba Falls they’re marching into the bush with blackberries and Montbretia and shading out our native species.
So, today, I cut up the bush on my walk and took the flowers home to enjoy. The bucket will come in handy tomorrow when I cut off some more broom seeds on our walk.
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