This year I built a raised bed in a new location. It was a great decision. I’ve had a bumper crop of cucumbers. My three vines have daily yielded the short, pickling cucumbers that I love to eat. I also planted beans (yellow waxed) that are doing quite well. The Nasturtiums (edible!) are a bushy riot of color. The only thing that hasn’t fared as well are my tomato vines. Just 3 tomatoes – hardly a dinner salad.
This is all just fun for me. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy fresh vegetables. When my husband first told me how much he prefers home grown vegetables to the store-bought ones, I had no idea what he meant. I sure do now. There is also something satisfying about digging in the dirt, watering, and checking for vegetables, but if I’m unsuccessful – as with my tomatoes – I can buy some in the store or at a farmer’s market.
At the Rehab Center, due to limited funding, the fistula survivors grow their own vegetables. On one trip they posed with some huge pumpkins they had recently harvested. This may seem a strange concept, especially to our readers in the United States. We are used to a program’s administrators providing food and clothing to those in their care. However, once House of Hope and Dignity is operational, we will follow the same concept.
You will see that we have included a variety of seed types on our Containers of Hope supply needs Amazon Wish List.
Click on the link to the list and scroll through the items. Seed options include: corn, collard greens, okra, sweet pepper, and pumpkin. We continue to help the Phebe Rehab Center and the fistula survivors residing there, even as we begin construction of our maternity waiting home. Please take a few minutes to review the list and make a purchase. We need medical supplies, educational supplies, general assistance and yes…items for our maternity waiting home.
Encourage your friends to support us. We are continually amazed, humbled, and grateful for your support.
Kathy Beth lives and works in Austin, TX. She graduated from high school in Monrovia, Liberia in 1977.