Our Compost Garden

When we first moved into our house, it had three separate compost piles in the backyard.  Brad cleared away two of those piles, but we kept one.  We don’t do anything fancy.  We just dump our organic leftovers in a pile.  At one point, I decided that the pile was getting unsightly, and turned the whole thing over with a shovel.  Well, you wouldn’t believe what happened.

Our compost pile started growing, and growing, and growing!

Our friend Roah gave us two tomato plants, which Brad also planted in the compost pile.

We have more acorn squash than we know what to do with!  It looks like I’ll be digging up a lot of acorn squash recipes this autumn!

We were also really surprised to see a watermelon growing in our garden!

And of course we have tomatoes.

At one point I was disappointed that we had forgotten to plant a garden this spring, and let the time for planting get away from us.  However, it seems that God decided to grow us a garden without our help!  What a wonderful picture of how he always provides for our needs.

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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”       Matthew 6: 25-34

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8 Responses to “Our Compost Garden”

  1. Kristy says:

    Aww I love your little garden! That’s so cool!

    Also, I LOVE the new look. Very clean and calming. I really liked the old look too, but I think this one is even better. :)

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  5. Katherine A. says:

    Does your compost garden attract animals? How do you keep them from wanting to eat your leftovers?

    • Jessica says:

      The squirrels occasionally bother Brad’s sunflowers, so he put them in the middle of the yard instead of by the fence this year. They also like our almond tree, although we don’t get any almonds from it. And the birds like our grapes, so Brad picked them as soon as they were ripe. We don’t throw any meat or bread or anything that will stink on the compost pile—just plant leftovers like fruit/vegetable/flower seeds, skins, stalks, stems, etc. :)

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