Funny thing is, people are having to pay liquor store prices PLUS the state liquor tax which is about $4.00 for every liter. Liquor store prices in the past included the tax and you paid a flat rate. And how does that tie into getting free cardboard? Because they always had cardboard for the taking at those stores. Always. Now, it is a pain to find free cardboard since recycling is very much ingrained here and private companies get paid to recycle. Anyway, I will just have to hunt some down so I can shred it for the pile.
Speaking of piles, I combined all three of my own into one large one. It will compost faster, but will require a bit more work than I originally was up for. However, I love to compost. I call it a gardener's alchemy equivalent of turning lead into gold. I spent two-hours yesterday scooping, hauling, dumping one pile upon another to make one large pile. This morning, it was steaming like a stream plant from under its plastic covering. (I like to cover my compost to ensure high-temps.) Another thing is I live to see is it steaming and gradually turning black. I will have to turn it again tomorrow, and again two days after that and so on until it is finished. This morning, it was already at 140-degrees. Cannot wait!