Carlos’ Garden

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.

CG1_0906In 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.

IMG_0375Above. Carlos’ vegetable garden looks fantastic. No weeds. Wonderful carrots.

CG3_0906Carlos 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.

CG4_0906Carlos 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.

CG5_0906Carlos 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.

CG6_0906I pointed out to Carlos the plants and flowers everywhere, for which he cares weekly. I told him, “I knew you could do it, but I didn’t know if you would.” Next week graduation. Summer arrives.

Carlos’ Garden

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

CG1_0206Carlos 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.

CG2_0206We 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.

Summer0206Right, on the ground in the garden, clockwise from top: chard, radish, banana pepper, English daisy, leeks, thyme, English daisy, cherry tomato, chard and carrots.

Now that we know vegetable gardens will grow in Alaska, it seems a vegetable garden will grow anywhere.

PartSun0206Sometimes, 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

Fern0206(Athyrium niponicum) along the edges of the sidewalk.

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.

CG7_0206Above. Deep shade container garden

Standing Still

Waiting at the end
Will not make ends meet neatly
Wait in the middle

Middle0106Above. 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.