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Gardening and Composting

When we lived in the village there were few fresh fruits and vegetables available.  Every four to six weeks we'd shop in the big city and take back as much fresh stuff as we could.  But our fridge wasn't very big (gas fridge) so we were lucky if we could bring back two weeks worth of fresh food.  During that time John had a pretty good garden going so that at least for a couple months a year we'd have fresh stuff right at hand.  He had especially good luck with carrots and tomatoes.

Now that we live in the city and the vegetable stand is literally right around the corner, we don't need to garden.  But John, especially, enjoys doing it.  So we've got some tomatoes going and our Sunday night guard is a great gardener and we noticed he's put in some lettuce.  Me?  I'm the one who can't get anything to grow!  That is not an exaggeration, either!  I recently planted cilantro, parsley, and basil.  I'm proud to say the basil is going great guns.  One out of three isn't bad, right?

Putting ashes in the compost pit, with the pile of non-burnable stuff by the barrel.
We've also got a compost pit going.  We've pretty much just been dumping food garbage in there, but are trying to mix some other things in there, too.  We recently got a bag of manure to add and John emptied the burn barrel and put the ashes in there.  First he had to pick out all the metal and plastic stuff that somehow got into the burn barrel.  The guard recently swept all the leaves off the roof (we're going to have to have part of our roof replaced, but that's another story for another time), so those leaves were already half rotted and excellent for the compost.

I recently saw this infographic on Pinterest and thought it was helpful.  You'll have to click on it to be able to read it or just check it out here: There are some things we have realized we shouldn't put in the compost.  One of our missionaries who works for the agricultural project told us that "if it was once a living plant" it can go in the compost.  That would include all fruits, vegetables, leaves, grass, straw, etc.  If it's been processed, as chemicals on it, or is something that would attract animals (here, namely cats) don't put it in.

This past Saturday both John and I worked outside doing some weeding.
 I also transplanted some of my basil to other places since there were too many plants in the pot.  Two days later and they are still alive!!!

Let's see, what can we make with tomatoes, lettuce, and basil?


Katie Barker said…
Yay for gardening and composting. I love to go out and putter around in my "garden" but here in the city that means tending to all the pots I've got going. I hope your basil is still doing well. That's my best thing too.