Just this morning on Facebook, one of my friends wrote a post about how he had collected a bunch of plastic children’s toys, cleaned them up to donate to a charity, and the charity had suddenly folded. Now he’s stuck with a garage of clean, gently loved children’s toys with no place to go. The initial purpose of the project was to keep the plastic out of landfills.
The accumulation of plastic in landfills is a topic of concern. My heart grows heavy and my brain is quickly weary just thinking about it. In good American “Gone With The Wind” fashion, I’ll have to think about it tomorrow and avoid buying anything plastic today. Is that even possible? Is there nothing that won’t be wrapped in plastic?
Sometimes, my mother puts vegetable scraps in a plastic bag. Then the bag goes into the barrel in the back yard where it waits for my father to take it to the transfer station, aka the dump. There’s a lot of recycling that goes on at the transfer station, but the highly degradable vegetable scraps are not necessarily going to decompose inside Helen’s plastic bag. I’ve lectured my mother about this and even once suggested they install or build a small compost pile in the backyard.
That idea was quickly squelched, a la NIMBY.
Now that I have quick and easy access to the natural world, I’ve built my own compost pile.
I save my vegetable scraps and coffee grounds in a sealed plastic container and bring them with me when I go to The Farm to walk on Sundays. It’s easy enough. There’s a horse farm down the road, too, and I’ve found piles of horse BLEEP on the road. I pick it up with a gardening tool and a bucket.
I hope this isn’t too much information (TMI) for my delicate readers.
It’s almost winter, dark and cold. A woman has to do something to generate warmth and hope for spring. Reggie says “Keep looking outward, and keep moving, walking, and doing.”
That’s my winter gardening plan. Keep looking outward, and keep moving. Walking, doing. I’m glad the horses on The Farm road are also moving, walking, and doing. It’s going to help keep things warm inside that compost pile this winter.