A local factory donates its bottles/cans to us, which we return. They are out of the land fills and we earn some money! We recycle all cat food cans, plastic bottles, glass, magazines, newspapers, and cardboard. We compost vegetable waste and trimmings from the yard. I have 4 stick piles providing homes for small animals. I have an organic vegetable/herb garden and grow catnip, which I dry and crush for the cats. Dead trees are left standing or where they fall for birds and small animals. Removed grapevines are made into grapevine wreaths. I use paper bags from the grocery store, which we use to burn paper trash. We use the ashes on the driveway in winter to prevent skidding.
I feed humming birds and grow flowers bees love – privet, Hosta, day lilies, honeysuckle, and Barberry. I feed birds in winter, but our bear prevents this in summer. I have lots of shrubs/trees which produce food for small animals and birds – Autumn Olives (berries), raspberry bushes, Barberry, wild rose bushes (rose hips), Quince (fruit), grapes, Black Walnuts, Hickorys (nuts), Hazelnuts, pears, apples, and crab apples.
Carol E. Farren
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