Waste to Save

I think too much about too many things.  Sometimes it’s annoying.  But other times it makes my cheapskate tendencies into a superpower. People throw a lot of stuff away.  I guess I do too, but when I throw stuff away it’s either to the worms, the recycling bin, or at last resort, the dump.  I know that the whole “reduce, reuse, recycle” thing is relatively recent (to the point that my parents don’t recycle at all).  That gives me a great opportunity at thrift stores and craigslist.  Now that I own a house, the opportunities are even better.  And kinda weirder too. Thank you Craigslist.   But before I get to craigslist, let me get to The Spring.  Not just Spring, but The Spring.  This was a long and miserable winter.  Especially for those of us who were without heat for portions of it, or encountered rain in their kitchen in December.  But those problems are dealt with, and now it’s warming, it’s greening, it’s The Spring.  So I aimed my thinking-too-much at the outdoors, the yard, and all the problems that exist out from under my new roof. First, because I’m a dirty hippie, I needed a garden.  My house used to be five apartments for college students and vagrants (or whatever overlap therein), so the yard is full of broken beer bottles, caps, little chunks of aluminum cans…  50 years of parties.  And that’s less than great for the love of my life: tomatoes.  So I built a raised bed.   And I started raking the yard for broken bottles and scrap metal.  But that’s not fun,...