DALLAS -- My mother always used to say, "Waste not, want not." And you know what? She's right! It's a philosophy I've carried with me, both at work and at home.
My best example? The compost pile in my backyard. When my fiance and I started our garden, we also started the process of creating fertile soil for next year's planting. We got a 75-gallon container and 20 pounds of organic soil, and have been adding to it ever since.
As for those additions, it's usually leftovers from whatever food we've been making. Squeezed lemons and limes, extra kale, or the leaves from celery... Heck, even coffee grounds! Basically, anything biodegradable left over from the day, gets put in a little container by our stove, and then dumped on the pile.
From there, it just takes a couple waterings per week, and some stirring with a pitchfork, and by the time we plant next season's crops, we'll have a garden's worth of fertile ground!
The Spice of Blythe is: Re-use, recycle, and repurpose! There's so much waste all around us, but why be a part of that when we can take our leftovers, and give them a second life by returning them to the earth!