Out of the Garbage

   Posted by: Mel   in Life

Out of the Garbage

Out of the Garbage

Compost: decayed organic material (garbage from your kitchen) used as a plant fertilizer.

Garbage: wasted or spoiled food and other refuse, as from a kitchen or household.

The above two words often go together when referring to a garden. The wasted kitchen scraps are put into a bin of sorts, turned with a shovel or by hand once a day. The wasted material begins to break down, often times within a few days. Sometimes it’s a few months. Within 6 months to a year you will have compost! Garden Gold! There is no other material (dirt or otherwise) that will grow you fantastic fruits and veggies. But it must first be broken down.

Most of the time the left over scraps are pieces of food that couldn’t be used in a recipe, ends of tomatoes, cucumbers, leaves from the celery or outer lettuce heads. This is placed in a bowl usually on the counter, airtight. Once a day or when it gets full, the gardener will take it out to the compost bin, drop it in. Now in order to get great compost, one must add a few essential items. Carbon being one of them. Used toilet paper or paper towel rolls. Old newspapers or shredded paper - Trash. Trash and Wasted Food becomes garden gold.

Once this has been turned over and over, enough heat (it can often be in the 100’s in the center of the compost pile), enough water has been added, it breaks down into very fine what looks like dirt. But there is no dirt in the compost. Gardeners put this in their garden, adding it all at once or a little at a time, spreading it out nice and even, veggies begin to grow. Flourishing, often times in places that they were not intended to thrive. The compost, if added in heavy amounts and done right, will keep weeds from growing. It smothers out what doesn’t belong.

While turning my compost pile today I noticed a green leafed plant coming from the back towards the front. Stopping to follow it, I found it was coming from inside my compost pile. It is a thriving tomato plant. A vine that I put in at the end of last year to break down. A plant that, when I put it in had NO life. It was indeed dead. It is now thriving.

It is a reminder to me today that out of the garbage of our lives, the decayed, the refuse, the wasted, the trash, the broken down, in the right hands of a Master Gardener, life begins to grow. What was once dead, now not only lives, but is producing life. Life that will feed others.

No matter where you are today, if you know the Master Gardener, let him take the decayed, the refuse, the wasted, the trash, the broken down, and the dead things in your life (hopes, dreams and love) and let him call them back to life. Out of the Garbage of your life, new can begin again.

Isaiah 43:19 MSG

This is what God says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
they lie down and then can’t get up;
they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands.
Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’
—the coyotes and the buzzards—
Because I provided water in the desert,
rivers through the sun-baked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose,
the people I made especially for myself,
a people custom-made to praise me.

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