COMPOST BINS FOR SALE
Keep the Midlands Beautiful is hosting a one-day backyard compost bin and rain barrel distribution event, featuring the Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bin and the new Systern Rain Barrel.
Both products will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Earth Machine compost bin is $40, and the Systern rain barrel is $45, tax included. Visa, MasterCard, debit, cash or checks will be accepted.
The sale will be 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 24 in the parking lot of Sam's Club on Harbison Boulevard .
Information: earthmachine.com or systern.com.
According to Keep the Midlands Beautiful, for every 1,000 Midlands residents who start composting, as much as 600,000 pounds of organic waste per year can be diverted from landfills.
The Cayce fall plant exchange is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 17.
The event is at the Cayce City Hall Complex, 1800 12th St. Ext.
There will be a master gardener available to answer questions. You do not have to bring plants to participate; the event will last until all the plants are gone.
You can bring seeds, bulbs, clippings or cuttings, potted house plants, shrubs, trees and any plant that can be repotted or transplanted.
The exchange is sponsored by the Beautification Board of Cayce. Information: Staci Mathis, (803) 917-7124; or cityofcayce-sc.gov
To make fresh flowers last, floral designer Saundra Parks suggests thoroughly cleaning vases with bleach before use.
Fill a vase with lukewarm water for most flowers - bulb flowers require cooler water - and treat water with a floral conditioner. Cut stems at an angle using a sharp knife so they can absorb the most water possible. Remove half the leaves from flowers with lots of leaves because they decrease the amount of water the actual flower receives.
Gently place flowers in the vase so as not to bruise the cut ends, which damages the vascular system.
Once the flowers are in the vase, add more water until the level is near the top. Keep the flowers in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. This can cause them to photosynthesize too fast. Also, keep them away from anything that generates heat. Repeat the steps on the third day.