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From Garbage to Garden

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We have chosen to have a 100% organic garden without the use of fertilizers so composting is our natural alternative. Although it can take some time, it is one of the most nutrient rich ways to cultivate your garden. You can start to compost in the kitchen by saving common kitchen scraps. You are making healthy compost and reducing your waste at the same time. It’s a win win.

In the winter months, when there is no produce to harvest, we buy organic lettuce from the store. An organic spring mix (pic above) normally comes in a plastic bag inside of a plastic box. Once you take out the lettuce, this box becomes the perfect spot to store your kitchen compost scraps. I normally go through one box of lettuce a week during the colder months and stockpile the containers for when our current one gets gross. I keep this under the kitchen sink or on a shelf in the pantry until it is full and ready to be emptied (usually twice a week).

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Common kitchen scraps you can use for compost (cutting/crushing first will help them to breakdown faster):

  • All your vegetable and fruit waste, (including rinds and cores) even if they are gross and moldy. Corn cobs and husks. All leftover pulp from juicing.
  • Coffee grinds, tea bags and paper filters
  • Egg shells, crushed well
  • Most anything made with flour. Stale bread, cookies, crackers, pasta as long as they haven’t been mixed with meat, oils or dairy.

Things to leave out:

  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Dairy
  • Oils

What’s this all about?

When we are asked why we started this journey, the easiest answer is because we were sick. Sick of a different diet every month that did not work. Sick of food that always made us feel terrible. Sick of sporadic, random exercise routines with no results. And most of all, sick of being 33 year olds that felt like they were 70.

In February of 2013, my husband and I started following the Paleo Lifestyle. In a nutshell, Paleo is centered on eating grass-produced meats, fish, organic fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, nuts and heathy oils. We learned quickly that eating this way could be pricey and limited by what your supermarket will carry.

Enter, my husband Greg. He always had a love for gardening. The first year in our home, our garden consisted of two tomato plants, some lettuce and herbs. Some four years later he is producing so much organic food that I do not buy any produce during our peak growing season.

Naturally, making this type of lifestyle change sparks interest. People want to know how we do it. More importantly, people want to know IF they can do it.

The answer is 100% yes. So we created this site to show you how. We are a married couple, with full-time jobs and a modest income. And we do not live on a farm. This is realistic, organic living.