army soldier in afghaistan

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army soldier in afghaistan
« on: November 12, 2008, 06:57:25 AM »
hello i was just wondering if anyone had anyadvice for turning the desert into a garden on my little fob in afghanistan.  I am here for a year with the army and wantedto garden in my spare time.  The ground is really rocky and sandy.  I dont have access to anything other than what i have here on the fob.  I have access to all the vegetable scraps from the kitchen if i scrounge for them and was wondering if i could use that to ammend the soil if i compost it.  Just looking for some help thanks

Re: army soldier in afghaistan
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2008, 05:21:14 PM »
You certainly can compost the the scrapes from the kitchen, but the desert conditions will probably make composting more difficult.

Try making a mound of kitchen scrapes and lightly mixed it with the surrounding soil (don't bury it too deep, I'd say about 4-5 inches down). If the soil is really dry give it a good drink of water and shade it from the desert sun. Check it once a week, or whenever it is dry, and re-flip/remix the soil so you can aerate it. You want the pile to be moist and aerated so the scrapes break down faster. The rate of decomposition will depend on the number of microbes and insect decomposers present there. If the pile ever starts smelling putrid, then that means there was a lack of oxygen and you need to flip the pile more.

Gook luck and keep us posted!