Today I save various items which others might consider garbage, although I do not save the old cat litter. I use the scoop-able kind - much different than the clay concoctions of the past. Most of our paper, food waste, spoiled vegetables, and houseplant cuttings go into a 2 1/2 gallon bucket on my kitchen counter. It isn't one of those fancy stainless steel or molded plastic miniature garbage pails, it is a standard bucket from the local hardware store. It has a lid and today coffee grounds, spoiled cucumbers, and egg shells are deposited into the bucket. Once a week or more often, if necessary, the contents are carried down to the garden and added to the compost heap.
Each spring I make my seed starting mix with compost, top soil and commercial seed starting mix. Once we finished the greenhouse, DH turned over last years compost heap to reveal that same beautiful, rich, dark soil that I remember as a kid. We put all of our bio-degradable waste into our compost pile. Chicken waste, rabbit waste, garden and lawn wastes are all added to the heap. Each spring we use one pile of aged compost in seed starting mix, the flower beds, the raised beds, the herb garden, and anything remaining is added to the vegetable garden. A new pile is started in its place and the other pile is left to stew for the season. We try to turn it once or twice to stir up the micro-organisms and let air get to the middle of the pile, but if we forget, mother nature still seems to get her job done.
I never thought I would cherish dirt, or it's composition.