My grandmother is the consummate composter. In her home, nothing goes to waste and everything has a latent purpose. Kitchen scraps are certainly no exception. Vegetable trimmings, fruit peels, eggshells and coffee grinds are not waste, but potential fertilizer for her garden. Throwing these kitchen rejects into a bag to put on the street would be the true waste. In this rubbish, she sees opportunity and in her need to reuse, she gets a little creative. Why not give your kitchen scraps a new purpose by finding alternatives to the waste bin? But how do us “city folk” embrace this organic spirit and turn our cuisine by-products into fruitful soil? It is actually quite easy. First, learn this song. Next, let nature lead the way and the microorganisms literally do the dirty work.
Working in the kitchen stresses your hands. Having a good hand scrub handy will make it easier for your skin. Here is a very simple recipe from Good Life Eats (check there for US measurements), which only uses sugar, salt, lemon and olive oil. Incidentally, olive oil works great for baby skin, too.
- 350 ml sugar
- 170 ml salt
- zest of 1 extra large lemon (or other citrus)
- 240 ml olive oil
- 120 ml pure lemon extract, optional
Just mix everything together and put in jars.
One of the best quick garden projects we can all undertake near our homes is building an herb spiral. The idea is pretty straight forward: a spiral, one to two meters in diameter, curving and rising to a center point about a meter high allows us to put as many herbs as possible in as small a space as possible. The walls are made of stone, the inside is a series of different planting materials.
Do you have to compost in Belgium? By law the answer is no. However, if you want to reduce your waste removal costs and carbon footprint on the planet, or if you want to create free organic matter or free fertilizer for your terraced or in-ground plants, then your answer is definitely YES!