Dry wall buckets are the universal container for farm life. Of course, farms can use all sorts of other bucket too, such as feed buckets, water buckets, empty mayo buckets, etc., but dry-wall buckets are just the right size for most jobs. Thus, if someone mentions that they just painted the house or finished some other chore which emptied a dry-wall bucket, be sure to nab the bucket.
Now, I was doing some research on the origins of dry-wall buckets and uncovered the missing verses from Genesis 2. These should have been placed between verse 7 where God forms man from a mud ball, and before verse 18 where woman comes along to straighten things out. Read on and the link will be obvious
And to keep Eden in proper order, God made Home Depot and the Homer Bucket, for man should not be without DYI supplies for the sundry chores which Garden keeping requires. Thus, God said this would be good for the economy.
And man wandered up and down the aisles, giving names to all the supplies, such as ‘2×4’, ‘T1-11 board’, ‘pipe fittings’, ‘Miracle Grow’. But, man was without direction, and his explorations became aimless as he did not know how to organize or start a project.
Therefore, God proclaimed that man would need someone to guide him, to envision projects, and create To Do Lists. For it is not good for man to be without purpose, so God created woman.
As you can see the original dry wall bucket came in handy from the start. But, our price for the knowledge of good and evil is that we now toil in the garden, and our dry-wall buckets break apart eventually. Thus, we must keep painting our houses, building on additions, or put out money to buy Homer Buckets.
Lest winter be considered an off-season for gardening, come by this time of year and you will find us knee-deep in hauling manure to the gardens and compose pile, yes, in dry-wall buckets. The first step is to befriend a local farmer who has cows who produce excessive amounts of digested hay and grain products. These mix liberally with shavings or hay, as cows are messy eaters. But, this stuff make for wonderful soil, after a year or so with worms.
On a typical winter day we might make 4 runs for manure, for a total of 76 dry-wall buckets of manure transported to cover raspberry and blackberry patches. We covered the vegetable gardens earlier in the winter to give the manure time to settle in with the snow, freeze, and rain. Soon we will be turning this all under to enrich our soil and grow some monster tomatoes, peppers, etc. Considering that we are basically creating soil in a rock bed (mostly shale) on the side of mountain, lots of manure is a good thing. It does get a bit pungent around here in spring when the sun heats up the ground.
Keep an eye out for the dry-wall buckets. They are bound to show up in future farm life blogs.