14 May 2013

Make Dirt

Composting is so easy that I find myself getting frustrated and sometimes angry when people do not. I can certainly understand feeling overwhelmed by it, as the one composting book I've ever bought made me feel unqualified to bury food.

Three years ago when I bought my house I didn't care about any of this. My dad immediately noticed a spot in the yard where there had been a pile for composting. I wasn't sure how to do it so he gave me simple instructions.
Use a hoe or some other tool to make an indentation. Put vegetable waste in that hole and cover it up with the dirt or organic material, like grass clippings or leaves (to keep the flying bugs away). Water it. 
That's it. Make sure that spot is in the sun. It's so easy.

Makin' Dirt
Dirt + vegetables, fruits, breads, grains, egg shells + sun + water + time and bugs and worms and it seems like magic but it all = dirt 

My goal is to create the right conditions for dirt to happen so I can plant seeds in said dirt, then transplant the plant into my garden. If they can survive all that, I hope to nurture that plant so it will grow food for me.

Until this year the only seeds I've sewn were outside: corn, quinoa, okra, peppers, spinach, sunflowers, hollyhocks, hyacinth. This year I've started a variety of foods and have easily killed 2/3 already though none have been outside.

I especially don't like paper cups because I can't find a healthy balance between drying out and molding over. It's difficult. I don't want to start my food in plastic, so I have to search for a better alternative. But for now, random plastic containers with holes poked in the bottom are working a lot better than paper cups.

Started seeds

I'm amazed at how delicate plants are when they're inside compared to being outside in the elements. On one hand it seems like sheltering, protecting is a good idea, but when I actually do that - a lot die. Plants need stress. I want to make their life easy but by keeping the light, temperature and moisture at a constant, any little fluctuation in one seems to cause my seedlings to stress out and die. I'm not sure how farmers do it.


A few weekends ago I went over to Christopher and Roxanne's for a vegan dinner. We first went on a woodswalk to forage for wild edibles, then brought home our harvested greens, cooked some and ate the others raw.

Vegan (organic) Dinner

The stemmy green things mixed in with the beets were harvested that day. I thought they were "spicy mustard greens" but when I google-imaged that phrase, I didn't find anything remotely like what I was looking for. I'll have to update this. Dogfooooood, what were you feeding me??

In any case, while growing my own food led me to a higher experience, foraging for wild-grown food took it one step farther. They understand the value of composting so their rule is to return all the unused food back to where it was gathered. It was an uplifting experience so I sent them a Thank You postcard. I love Roxanne's reply "I'm not sure what you're thanking us for...."


The circle of life. It's crazy, man.


  1. What is the stuff spread on the bread?

    1. It's a sprouted hummus that Christopher made. Super delicious!

  2. Replies
    1. Sorry I didn't immediately reply to your original question, "Recipe?" I neglected to because it's in the post. Copy/Pasted:

      Dirt + vegetables, fruits, breads, grains, egg shells + sun + water + time and bugs and worms and it seems like magic but it all = dirt

  3. Oh, I meant for the hummus :)

    1. Ooops, sorry! He said it was just kind of made up (Christopher doesn't really follow recipes). What I would do is a general Google search for "Sprouted Hummus Recipe" and pick one or two that speak to you and modify it/them to make it your own.

      Sorry for the vagueness, but I hope this helps. Thanks for being interested in good food! Meow!!



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