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The "Komposthaufen" or Composting
A critical element of any healthy garden is the compost pile. (You
know, the whole circle of life thing.) My in-laws have this down to a
science, and they are very particular about what gets thrown onto the
First of all, only plant matter goes on. No meat, or you will soon be
sorry. The whole point of composting is to reduce the need of using
chemical fertilizers, as well as to reduce the amount of waste each one
of us produces.
That is about as far as my knowledge goes on the topic, although I am
looking into it. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this
"spinning composter" at GAIAM
which looks like it will remove much of the unpleasantness of
composting (although I can assure you, my mother-in-law would not
approve of this contraption.)
THE FAMILY GARDEN
Decorative Herb Garden
Almost everything in this garden can be eaten, made into tea, or used
in some herbal remedy! I myself have never had much luck with herb
gardens, so I was particularly impressed by my mother-in-law's ability
to combine esthetics with usefulness.
Plants shown in this photo from left to right: St. Johns Wort,
Lavender, Pink Roses (Not edible), Sage (foreground), Some Other Stuff
and Peppermint. (BTW, the word for "Peppermint" in German is
particularly fun to say... it is "Pfefferminz" and there is just a hint
of the "P" when you say it, otherwise it is all about the "F").
GOT GARDENING TIPS?Send them in!
Herbs & Spices
If you live in an arid climate, keeping your plants alive during the
summer can be a challenge... I rely on some trick watering solutions!
Watering Crystals absorb water when it is plentiful and release it to
thirsty plants during drought.