Water, water everywhere
- Leftover coffee. In my logic, coffee grounds are good compost. Coffee itself, once it's cooled and no longer delicious, must be okay for my plants, right? Right.
- Let the water cool after cooking pasta, and use it to water plants. The mums love it. The petunias would, too, if I could reach them with the heavy pot.
- Fill a bucket with dishwater from the sink. Even with a dishwasher, there are a few items that need to be hand washed. In fact, a couple of wine glasses sit beside the sink awaiting that chore right now, as does my wood cutting board.
- The somewhat-dirty water from rinsing the coffepot. Mainly water, with a little "flavor" added, and it goes in the herbs that grow in the cappuccino mugs on the deck. Appropriate, yes? Yes.
- Leftover ice from a fast-food drink. I don't like to admit that I buy these, but I'll state for the record that the ice cubes do not land in the garbage. They melt quickly over the rhubarb or raspberries.
- The final ounces in a sun-warmed water bottle from a road trip or baseball game.
I still covet a rain barrel. Family, maybe next Christmas? Buy it now, though, for the best deal. You can hide it behind Husband's model train layout; I never mess with that. Or behind the lawnmower and snowblower; I haven't used those since I hurt my wrist tendons on the pull-start, embarrassing but true. That's okay; I'd rather weed the garden or stir the compost than mow the lawn. Stumble It!