I am always looking for ways to reduce the amount of waste I throw away. I sometimes feel like a pack rat, saving items destined for the trash, because, you never know what we can use it for later. In fact, I have a whole series called “Reuse, Recycle, Reduce Your Waist” where I turn old household items into workout equipment.
So, it may come as no surprise to hear I have a stash of old toothbrushes which I refused to throw away. I knew, I KNEW, sometime soon, I would discover a great use for them, and today was that day.
Spring is here, and for many this means getting their gardens ready. Planting seeds and seedlings and planning for what they will grow this year. I am a little ambitious. Last year I started with several seedlings of zucchini, pumpkin, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. I also happened to get super lucky and had several volunteer squash grow.
This year, I am trying to grow everything from seed. Will I be as successful? I’m keeping my fingers crossed. I have tons of kale, and zucchini, butternut squash, and delicata squash. Since I’m starting with seeds, I wanted a way to remind me where my plants would be.
We’ve all seen the lovely terra cotta or even plastic (yuck!) garden signs in the store. Today, I decided to take my trash and turn it into treasure and make my own garden labels. I used my toothbrushes and lids from plastic containers. Where I live, the lids are not recyclable, so I’ve been saving them as well, hoping to find a good use for them.
Now, I have my garden labeled, and all I need to do is wait for these little babies to grow. By the way, I do have a back-up plan. If I don’t see anything emerging in the next couple of weeks, I’ll go to the garden center and grab a few plant starts. But I’m optimistic this year, I’ll be growing lots of healthy food to sustain me and my husband.
Do you have any trash to treasure hacks? I love to hear them, especially if it helps with our health and fitness. Share some in the comment section, and remember to eat clean, live green, and train positive!