By thomas | April 15, 2008
Fresh herbs are expensive in Japan. Can we spice up our cooking on the cheap? Yes! Reader kk sends in a 2-part tip that can save you cash and has the nice side-effect of putting your trash to good use:
- Grow your own herbs
- Use your food trash for compost
In kk’s words:
I grow my own fresh herbs since the herb selection at most markets here is dismal and expensive for fresh. I also grow cherry tomatoes and zucchinis sometimes on my balcony.
Anyway, a perfect use for your old rice and scraps from your veggies and meals is compost! Much better for your plants than the fertilizer they sell in the store. I have two buckets I use for this purpose. You will initially have to put a little dirt in your first bucket. Then start adding the food. Shake up the bucket every time you add new food. Eventually you will start putting food in your second bucket so the first can fully compost. Then you have a constant rotating stock of compost.
If you have coworkers that garden at all, you can give them compost too. Most will love it because from my understanding homemade compost isn’t a common practice in Japan.
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