Treasures in the Compost

All those years I thought I had a black thumb…huh. Who knew all it took was a little more dung and to actually pay attention to what’s important to turn it green.

Ain’t that a kick in the head.


Last spring the sweet ag teacher sent me the most beautiful basil, chives, and some other pots that we had asked him to start up for us. The pots were overflowing with green. One month later at my house…dead.

No fertilizer, watered sporadically. If my plants were kids, someone would have called DHR.


But isn’t that the way of life? Sometimes it seems the Lord piles on more dung, but whispers, “Pay attention.” ┬áPay attention to what treasures are about to come out of the compost heap.

These are a few things that we pulled out of our composter when we saw little sprigs of green. Pictured are some tomato plants, bell pepper, and butternut squash. In fact, we didn’t even know what the butternut squash was going to be until it got up old enough to put on fruit!


We just had these either spring up where they were from compost we put around our other vegetables, like this broccoli, or we transplanted them. Look at what growth. All for FREE!


In gardening, we call these “volunteer” plants. Which makes me think of the “Hunger Games”…”I volunteer as tribute!” Who wants to volunteer to grow up in a pile of decaying food scraps? Well…these little guys because that’s what is best for them.

This is so much more than I would have expected. But that is also the way of life.

I pray for the Lord to do things, and I think small. I never consider that he can come up with ways to answer those prayers that are bigger and wilder than my craziest dreams.

So, what have been some of your treasures hidden in compost? I’d love to hear! Just go to the “Leave a Reply” section at the bottom of the page.


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