Update on slow year.
Going well. I can't remember the last time I purchased retail, which is a good thing, right?
Even my thrifting has SLOWED way down. It's amazing how much "junk" I've found on the side of the road for free since starting my slow year! I guess you open your eyes a little wider to opportunities and goodwill!
I was overjoyed this past week to make a new friend who just so happens to live on a dairy farm! How about that? And she is going to "give" me raw milk, as much as I want whenever I come out to the farm...which happens to be where I live..Hooray!!! Wow, I'm so thrilled! We've been making do with oat milk..which isn't that great if you're used to the real thing!
Our current project of the slow year is building a compost bin so in the spring we can put in a nice garden. Here's what I would love to get...we had one in Washington.
I LOVED my compost bin in WA...I watered once a week...turned the compost a couple times...and viola...I had the perfect soil for the best veggie garden...what a harvest!
These bins are about 15 to 20 bucks! Not feasible right now for a slow year. So I'm constructing mine out of chicken wire. I figured it's got a way to breathe this way and can keep it contained enough to do the trick..then also it won't be too much trouble to take it down to use for our garden. Plus how cheap can you get with chicken wire and some scrap wood! Especially if you can barter your farmer friend for some scrap chicken wire! :)
Here's a rough sketch of what mine will look like!
So I found something interesting I thought I would share! There's soooo much you can actually compost! Imagine that! I doubt I'd hardly use the trash can anymore with all the things I can compost, considering most things are in plastic and I am trying to be good at alleviating plastic altogether. Feel free to copy, paste, print this on your refrigerator, or if you've chunked that ;), tape to your door to remind you to compost and recycle!!!!
Coffee grounds and filters
Used paper napkins
Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces
Paper bags, either ripped or balled up
The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors
Plain cooked pasta
Plain cooked rice
Paper towel rolls
Stale saltine crackers
Used paper plates (as long as they don't have a waxy coating)
Cellophane bags (be sure it's really Cellophane and not just clear plastic—there's a difference.)
Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which can be toxic to plants)
Old herbs and spices
Cereal boxes (tear them into smaller pieces first)
Melted ice cream
Old jelly, jam, or preserves
Stale beer and wine
Paper egg cartons
Paper cupcake or muffin cups
From the Bathroom
Used facial tissues
Hair from your hairbrush
Toilet paper rolls
100% Cotton cotton balls
Cotton swabs made from 100% cotton and cardboard (not plastic) sticks
Cardboard tampon applicators
From the Laundry Room
cotton clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces
wool clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces
From the Office
Bills and other documents you've shredded
Envelopes (minus the plastic window)
Business cards (as long as they're not glossy)
Around the House
Contents of your vacuum cleaner bag or canister
Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)
Subscription cards from magazines
Leaves trimmed from houseplants
Dead houseplants and their soil
Flowers from floral arrangements
Ashes from the fireplace, barbecue grill, or outdoor fire pit
Party and Holiday Supplies
Wrapping paper rolls
Paper table cloths
Crepe paper streamers
Jack o' Lanterns
Those hay bales you used as part of your outdoor fall decor
Natural holiday wreaths
Your Christmas tree. Chop it up with some pruners first (or use a wood chipper, if you have one...)
Fur from the dog or cat brush
Droppings and bedding from your rabbit/gerbil/hamsters, etc.
Newspaper/droppings from the bottom of the bird cage
Alfalfa hay or pellets (usually fed to rabbits)
Rawhide dog chews
Dry dog or cat food
Do NOT compost cat terds! Yep, I checked! Ha.ha.
Have a lovely week!