I cannot remember when, but some time ago, I read on my blog-friend Shereen's site about putting a bucket in the shower to catch the water that would usually go down the drain and using it for things like watering the plants. I'm talking about the clean, non-soapy water that passes you while standing in the shower... or you know what I mean!
Anyway, I thought that was such a cool and easy green idea! Since we've been having record breaking heat here in Los Angeles, our newly planted gardenia bushes are suffering a bit... so a little extra water would be nice for them. Em saw the bucket filled with water from my morning shower and asked me what it was for. The "reduce, reuse, recycle" motto is very well understood by him, so I explained that rather than waste the water, we were going to reuse it to give the plants a drink... he was immediately excited and jumping up and down and wanting to go out now now now to give the plants the water. "They're thirsty Mom!" he said to me. How could I refuse?
So out we went in PJ's and all to the front door and quenched the thirst of the three plants... he gave them each their share saying "here's some for you, and some for you and some for you" with a big grin on his face!
Just a fun moment to share. Thanks Shereen for the idea! I now keep a bucket in the shower to catch the water but also as an indicator of how long I've been in there.