I’ll start with a quick picture of my mortal enemy. Sorry about the bad lighting. The sluggy body count is over 150 now. I hope I’m making some headway. This is a leopard slug which thankfully seems to prefer a rotting orange half to the tasty cucumber plant next door. It did not survive long after this photo was taken (Sorry but I couldn’t take any chances).
[Apologies for the bad lighting – it was dusk.]
We have a few small building projects in the pipeline at Westwick all in the name of greening:
1. Putting up the old shed we want to put up in the Orchard to keep spare straw, chicken feed etc. in (when we get chickens).
2. Making a chicken run and putting up a hen house.
3. Building a couple of brick plinths to stand our water butts on.
4. Making another cold compost heap in the Orchard.
All of these require materials, time and possible money and we are trying to be as inventive and green as possible in making these happen. So when I noticed that five of our neighbours down our (very long) road all had a skip outside I was very, very interested. Although I consider myself quite green I’ve never really considered looking at skips before. I know that it is a good idea to ask permission (and so we did) but after a quick 30 mins work we walked away with the following:
9 Concrete slabs for the base of the shed and the hen house.
37 Bricks, some for the base of the compost heap and some for the plinths.
It probably didn’t save us that much cash but it was more about re-using other people’s waste. As I looked at the skips I was suddenly struck by and filled with sadness about the levels of waste. I know we have had building work done and skips of rubbish taken away ourselves and there are probably things which can’t be recycled in this way. But the further we go on this journey the more I notice these things.
We are probably going to go back and get more bricks and the rest of the composter at least will be made from pallets we are sourcing from a local friend who has a farm. But I’m still on the hunt for some of our other materials.
But it also feels good to know that a little bit less landfill was created today and there is a little bit more money in our pockets that there would have been.