Nature is the ultimate recycler every living thing one day returns to soil and feeds the next generation. I guess if nature was unable to do this life would have ceased a long time ago. My thoughts are that a garden should be able to be completely self sufficient. However home vegetables gardens have small leeks in the cycle mainly we eat the produce and don’t return our waste including out bodies when we die back into the garden. One day I might improve things by getting a composting toilet but in the mean time I need to continually replenish my soil from external sources.
We live in suburbia but close to the foot hills so in less than ten minutes drive you enter a semi-rural area where you find allot of horse enthusiasts. So after a small amount of exploration I found a supplier of free manure at a horse riding school for the disabled. Not only is the manure free but the children get free entertainment feeding carrots to the horses while I shovel.
Every Saturday I go to the local organic store to buy our weekly groceries. This time I asked the owner if I could have their food scraps. Vivian said “yes” then presented me with a bucket load of scraps. Unfortunately I am not the only person with this great idea as she informed me that I will have to share the scraps with another customer. Conveniently they collect on Wednesday so I will be getting Thursday to Saturdays scraps. And all I had to do was ask.
On most Sundays we have a family outing and cycle our way to visit grandma. It is a pleasant ride as most of the journey winds along a creek. So this time, bike trailer in tow, I decided to stop and collect water weeds. I believe they are an excellent source of nutrients. Along the track there are signs talking about a rejuvenation project in progress to improve the waterways to there once indigenous glory. So I am thinking I am just helping out.
Our grandma bike journey also takes us behind a shopping center where there is always mountains of discarded bread. We loaded a dozen loafs into the trailer to take home. Even though I am sure some of them are perfectly fine to eat ourselves our intention is to leave that to the organisms living in our garden.
I didn’t get around to doing it this weekend but I was also intending to approach my neighbours to empty their green bins for them.
Besides being free the wonderful part about collecting resources in this way is that it is fun and fits into our normal routine, with little extra time overhead. I dislike taking the kids to the hardware store and I don’t think they enjoy it much either. But it was a pleasure to see them playing in the creek and there was even excitement collecting the discarded bread.
Where do you get your compost material from?