Why, it’s Wednesday, the day when I weigh my waste to see if I’m any closer to being a zero waste home. Here’s how I weighed in for the fortnight:
Less last week’s weigh in:
Making this week’s adjusted total weigh in at 211g. Not great, but it’s to be expected with a 50L bag from potting mix!
- 67g (2.36oz) was my best and lightest weigh in, in July
- 3,102g (6.8lbs) & 1,071g (2.36lbs) were my heaviest weigh ins whilst moving house in August.
- 325g my average weekly weigh in, including the above outliers
- 240g per week is my average, excluding the listed outliers
- 41 weeks since I started tracking this at Easter 2013
- 13.36kg has gone to landfill during this time
- 7 weeks where the weigh in was less than 100g (3.5oz)
As the title gives away, it’s because we created a herb garden (savy readers from yesterday post would notice the $142 spent at Bunnings – Australia’s hardware megastore). It’s about $2 to buy a bunch of fresh cut herbs at the green grocer. To buy the little (plastic) tubs is about $4, but I hope they last us a lot longer!
We also bought a big trough to plant them all in
Naturally, we bought one that matched the lemon tree’s pot we received as a gift at our housewarming
And the waste-iest bit was the potting mix 🙁
With a yard, I’d consider a bulk drop off of soil sans plastic, but this is apartment dwelling. And I could have scoured Freecycle, but this was easy to buy, easy to transport, and (hopefully) good soil. Shame about the plastic – and with all the toxic stuff in soil, I didn’t like my chances of washing it out, or fobbing it off to the grocery store plastic recycling stations.
Here’s the finished herb garden
I decided on thyme, parsely, sage and shallots, with a side of mint. Is mint a herb? It’s not really savoury like the others, but I know it grows well, and I love a mojito. Hopefully everything has enough space to really thrive! Our balcony gets the afternoon sun, so that should be enough to keep them growing without singeing them in this heat.
What herbs are in your garden (or the herb garden you wish you had)? What couldn’t you do without?