It is that time of year again, or maybe we were suppose to do this in the fall, but no bother, we are doing it now, opening up the compost bin! This year is even more special though, because for the first time we are able to feed the whole garden and then some! That is what I did today! Tried to nourish the garden for the upcoming year. As you can see by the picture below, we already have some things growing, the garlic needed a little pick-me-up so I worked on that box.
As I was planting the peas, lettuce and spinach, I was mulling the compost around and noticing different things that had not fully decomposed. Lots of eggshells (which always make me think of my grandmothers garden…I feel very close to her in the garden) and cinders from the fires over the past year. I saw little pieces of shredded paper, which was delicious to the worms and cuttings from the lawn. As I was feeling all of these things in my hands, I was marveling at the wonder of Gods creation. The food we were blessed with last year is going to bless our garden again this year. The cinders representing the fires that kept us warm throughout the fall, winter and early spring. The paper shreds, details of our life and even the cuttings made me grateful for my healthy husband who loves to do everything outdoors and to do it himself.
Compost to some is simply that, compost. But to me, it is part of God’s “wonder” ful creation. It is evidence that God provides us with a way to provide for ourselves. It speaks to me of the passing seasons and when I am down and digging through it, perhaps I find a walnut shell and it makes me think of my daughter’s who love them, or brown egg shells that make me think of my dear Rosie who brings them to me. To me, like many things, compost tells a story. It says that in God’s plan, even “garbage” can serve a purpose and that perhaps when we utilize the the “garbage” in our own lives it can bear fruit down the road. In God’s plan, there isn’t only one season for usefulness because just when you think you have done all you can do, there is a way to nourish something or someone else. Be grateful for your garbage, embrace it, own it and make it useful in God’s creation.