Back in my early days in Tucson, some 35 years ago, I was attending the U of A, studying creative writing. At that time I had a pink adobe duplex with a huge backyard where I started my first vegetable garden. Looking back, all I remember is that I made raised "rows," like they do in parts of the country where there is more rainfall than sun. Needless to say, it was not very successful in the desert.
Later, Jim and I bought our little plot in the suburbs where we raised our children while we developed our landscaping interests -- which led to our business.
|Left to Right: breakfast, lunch, dinner waiting to move to its next home.|
|My new compost tumbler, purchased with birthday money from my mom. She didn't want me to attract rats.|
|Compost recipe: Kitchen scraps, straw and chicken manure, leaves and grass (whatever the chickens haven't eaten) some fresh dirt to add organisms, air and water. Wa La !|
Some actors in my new production:
|Dinah ('cause she looks like a dinosaur) and Coconut enjoying a day on the lawn.|
|Isabel and Banana Chip - both contributors to the heap.|
|The chickens LOVE Cilantro|
Whenever Jim sees me feed the chickens real food, he says, "Save some for us!"
When he sees my pile of scraps for the bin he says,
" Save some for us!"
Just wait until he sees what I am making with all the good stuff we used to throw away! And when I ask him to get me some more pots to grow more veggies to feed to him for dinner...then what will he say?
I know what I will say...My new mantra: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust; bananas to lettuce, compost I must!
Thanks for joining me. I will keep you posted