It all started with this book...
which has some fantastic chapters on shopping, recycling, green cleaning and growing your own vegetables. As you may know, I am now cleaning with baking soda, salt and white vinegar with fabulous results. I take bags with me on all shopping expeditions, so there is no reason to collect yet another plastic bag. I've even taken goods out of bags and left them at the counter. Do I get a gold star for that?
This NZ Gardener magazine style book was gifted to my mother after sending them a recipe. It's such a great read. I read nearly all of it in one sitting. Anyway now I am thinking what we can do to reduce wastage, packaging and money and lead a simple life eating more natural products instead of packaged ones.
My hen hopes have been dashed due to regulations in our area. Seems you need them to be ten metres from a house and three metres from a boundary fence. That means they would be in negative space. Now we wouldn't want that for some feathery friends would we?
In our area we are all given a huge 240 litre wheelie bin for our recycling. That's always been a great thing for us, as we sure put out a fair bit of paper and plastic each fortnight. But I still feel bad about the amount of packaging that goes in there each day. Honestly the bin is packed to the brim. So...
from now on when I visit the supermarket I need to remember to take my bags with me, including the bulk bin ones. If I buy from the bulk bins with recycled bags I will not be consuming any packaging at all. If I buy other goods in bulk there will be less packaging in the long run. It's not always cheaper, but perhaps if we make a fuss about it things will change. And I'm hoping that our bin will be much lighter next collection day. I'll keep you informed on that one.
I will bake all our bread so I won't be left with a bread bag each day. I've worked out a really quick and easy way to make the bread too. I filled five ice cream containers with all the dry ingredients minus the yeast. So now when I want to make a loaf I just have to empty a container into the maker, add water, oil and the yeast. All done in 30 seconds! You can't beat the heavenly smell of it cooking and I know it's better for our family too.
Warning, real life photo ahead!!!!!!!!!!!
These bins now reside on our bench. It's our food scraps and egg shell collection points. All scraps, minus fats and meats, end up in here instead of down the sink. The drain will thank me for that too as it regularly blocks up. (Hubby too for that matter!)
The plot to the far right is now my dig-in compost plot. I'm going for this method as I don't want to buy a compost bin. It should keep the smells away too. The rest of the garden is looking pretty flash too after a day in the garden yesterday. I found 22 self seeded lettuces too under the mass of weeds - bonus! Oh and plenty of parsley plants too.
A trip to the garden centre provided me with loads of seed packets. There is plenty of time to start with seeds instead of buying punnets. Besides I have so many empty punnets behind the shed waiting to be recycled.
Shhh, the babies are sleeping in the nursery. Daughter No.1 helped me plant the seeds and made name tags for them out of recycled yoghurt lids.
I was finding The Challenge of the Utmost Kind a little unchallenging, (probably because of all the clauses I added!) so I am hoping that this will be more challenging for me. I'm just going about it quietly and trying to make it a normal everyday life thing. Feel free to join me if you think you need to improve in this area.