We’ve been working hard on our garden for the past few weeks. Our two rescue goats (Sally & Jorgie) usually spend some time there, but two goats are no match for the growth that comes with the rainy season. The garden was getting pretty overrun with weeds and starting to look neglected. The team spent a few days pulling weeds, and then we hauled a few truckloads of compost up the hill.
Elephant dung is a fantastic compost – one of the best. Elephants digest less than half of what they eat, which is why they consume so much each day. This inefficient digestion also means that their dung is full of partially digested bark, hay, grass, fruit, and veggies – which is exactly what a garden needs. We mixed in all the compost, and this is what it looks like now.
We haven’t started planting yet – we are going to let the elephant compost settle, and then till it once more before planting. We will be planting melons, tomatoes, greens, pumpkins, squash, and some beans this year. We will primarily use the food to feed the animals – the elephants, but also the goats, tapirs, chickens, and whatever other furry or feathered friends join our menagerie in the next few months.