As a card-carrying agnostic, I still maintain that (per Fiddler on the
Roof), "Tradition" is really, really, really important. (When it's a
good tradition!! Scanning the various belief systems (aka: religions)
in the world, there are some pretty hairy traditions still being
adhered to. I don't think the original perps still throw their first-
born children into the fiery furnace, but...)
There's something off-putting about being homogenized into a bland,
consumer-driven body w/o tradition. We (US) are a nation of
immigrants. Most enriched the body social and political I DEPLORE
parents not teaching their children the original language along with
English, in a mis-directed effort to be 1000% American. A second,
third, fourth language is a TREASURE!
So yay for the Swedes, celebrating Santa Lucia. Yay for the Muslims
celebrating Iftar (breaking fast after Ramadan). Yay for the Jews
building a sukkah to commemorate wandering in the desert. Yay for the
Christians remembering the Samaritan (NOT "good Samaritan; that is a
tautology (I think that's what it is?) who help the sick dude by the
side of the road. Etc.
On Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:03:02 -0400, "Priscilla H. Ballou"
Without knowing the amount of corn stalks it's difficult to say.
Farmers generally cut acres of stalks at/near the ground, haul them
off, plow under the stumps and then till to bust them up some. But
for the small amount one typically plants in a home garden there are
really only two choices; shred and use for mulch or if one has a place
to toss them at the edge of the woods they'll make a good place for
small critter protection, that's what I do. Corn stalks take a very
long time to compost, I'd not recommend putting them into a composter
with your regular materials, even shredded they'll take several years
to compost. If you have use of a shredder corn stalks make good
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