As many of you know, Ross and I live in an apartment in the town center.  We have a small courtyard and have been doing some experimental container gardening.  We have made some shallow beds with concrete block perimeters and are also using recycled and found containers to grow plants in.  Mostly, I am trying to grow veggies and herbs that I miss from home and cannot find here like lettuce, basil, cilantro, green beans, etc.  The basil has done the best–I have enough to feed the whole town, it seems!

Our garden has been a living parable for me this week, as we have been challenged by numerous requests for money from friends and acquaintances due to the Ramadan holidays, I have been reminded of the Apostolic example that

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparing, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Cor 9:6-8).

Moon Flower--these open in the afternoon and have a wonderful smell

More Moon Flower growing over an old stump

Courtyard view from above

Growing lettuce in an old drawer

Orange cherry tomatoes


Shallow bed constructed from concrete blocks