I had quite an interesting conversation with my son today: “Mom, was there only organic garbage before?”
“What do you mean by before?”
“In the Middle Ages”
“No, there was no garbage in the same sense as we know it today. There was no packaging, everything was reused or recycled into something else.”
“Food leftovers and scraps were fed to the animals.”
I had a smile on my face during the silence following our little conversation while we drove back from one of our favorite local farms “Auhof”. It feels good when my kids think about social issues and his thoughts on garbage were similar to my thoughts on the beautiful and smart up-cycling works of art that I saw in the “Augenweide”.
There is “garbage” all around this beautiful garden that has been turned into beautiful and fun ideas:
A crunchy path of walnut shells
Chestnut necklaces for trees
Ivy wreaths that provide a bit of protection
Folded paper wreaths
Pussy willow wreaths
I think these are great examples of what you can make with what you have lying around. Obviously, this didn’t happen over night and is the love and care poured into this garden over decades.