Note. In February, Carlos and his Parents asked if I would help Carlos plant a Spring Vegetable Garden. In late Spring, we planted peas and built a pyramid of bamboo. You can follow the links back by clicking [here]. Next year, Carlos is in the fifth grade.
In three days, school is out. A tribute to the fortitude of parents and teachers. In Carlos’ Garden, there is no small anticipation. Moments slip into the future. Carlos has learned to make a list. And follow it. It is not as easy as it seems. Try it.
Helping others work peacefully is a good goal, too. Peaceful paths prevent conflict. In our apartments, there is a lot of yelling out of windows. This leads to conflict. We are learning new ways to communicate without window yelling.
Carlos finished watering on his own. Another first for the Season. He has successfully planted and tended a Spring Garden. He continues harvesting. He planted a shade garden around the tree in his yard where only weeds grew.
Carlos has successfully interplanted his Spring Garden with Summer Vegetables. Left, his first peppers. Also planted are tomatoes. In the lower right corner, strawberries ripening. In the background, chard has not yet bolted.
Carlos has helped our neighbors plant flowers and vegetables. And last week we planted a half barrel window garden with a gardenia and jasmine for a neighbor on bed rest. Carlos and I have both learned new ways that plants help us live peaceably. Right, roses and jasmine bloom in a window garden.
Last week we planted his front yard with specimen shade plants in a barrel. Ferns and succulents are planted along his entry, below.
Time in its fullness
Brings in Summer all at once
Note. Carlos has planted and maintained a Spring Vegetable Garden with the help of his family and The Healing Garden gardener since February. You can follow the link back by clicking here.
Each week we meet, we begin our gardening day with a list. This week, Carlos made his own list in his gardening journal. Prioritizing takes practice for us all, too.
Below. A snap shot by Carlos of his Spring Vegetable Garden
Carlos and I discussed the places it is possible to grow a Spring Vegetable Garden. He suggested we rule out Alaska, because it is too dark. I pointed out that during the Summers of Alaska, it is light enough for a Spring Vegetable Garden.
We harvested two large bags of vegetables, including red leaf lettuce, two kinds of peas, radishes, chard, and baby carrots (left). We discussed “rolling over” our Spring Garden into a Summer Garden. Soon it will be too hot for peas. We will plant a sun dial. This week, we planted peppers and tomatoes (below) where lettuce has been growing.
Now that we know vegetable gardens will grow in Alaska, it seems a vegetable garden will grow anywhere.
Sometimes, when you are on bed rest, it is comforting to have a small garden right outside your window. Here is a part-sun, part-shade container garden for a neighbor who must spend a lot of time resting.
We planted a curly camellia with pink, bell-shaped flowers. A white rose. A gardenia and a jasmine – these are the favorite flower scents of our neighbor.
Today, Carlos and I also planted a container for the deep shade in his front yard. First, we softened the edges of the entrance with succulents and Japanese painted ferns
Plants in a wooden container are chosen for the visual accent of their foilage (below). A variegated Box-leaf Azara (Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’), looks as if it comes with its own light. A hardy fuchsia is included for shade flowers, and sweet boxwood for its winter scent.
Lonicera Edmee Gold (Boxleaf Honeysuckle) was planted for its beautiful year-round golden leaves – even in the shade. The large-leafed plant is a Lingularia.
Waiting at the end
Will not make ends meet neatly
Wait in the middle
Above. South Healing Garden, lower terrace: The teppatsugata-chozubachi (bowl-shaped, hand water basin), for purifying the hands before entering the Garden. Clockwise, from Noon: Pod of Papaver Orientale, Siberian Iris, Daphne Summer Ice, Sweet bay laurel, Camellia sasanqua and Meadowsweet.