I find it hard to describe the feeling that I get when I walk outside and into my Ethiopian organic garden. The feelings are akin with love and belonging, peace and tranquility, excitement and wander. I have taken to reading papers by the garden. When I need a break from working in the office I find myself wandering out the back to the garden. The birds and insects love my garden. Bella (our dog) adores the garden, sniffing every tomato and strawberry with much attention.
It all started with a few seeds from a yellow tear-shaped tomato, a pot, some good soil and a small balcony. It grew to a house and half the yard! I can’t take all the credit for this garden though. Our guard, who is more of a gardener than guard has taken it on to help me with the garden and often takes the reigns when I am not here in Addis.
The magic though is in the soil here. Being volcanic soil it is rich, red and earthy. It is gorgeous! Everything I have planted so far is flourishing and then some. Those few tomato seeds I mentioned are now great bushes standing taller than me. It’s bounty was so great that our 3 families (the guards, the cooks and my own, and some friends) were not able to put a dent in its load, I had to resort to making chutney…mmmm!
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
how does your garden grow?
With great soil, and much toil
and carrots all in a row.