the allotment

I feel as though I have some updates: 1) I tried my hand at meditating at a Buddhist temple with a friend — a fairly interesting experience, one that I definitely will do again. I do need practice, though — my mind wanders a bit more than necessary, I think!  2) I have an allotment! Very exciting. I must admit that I was taken aback when I first saw the plot. It would need, I realized, a lot of work before I might begin gardening. This first photo is from the second day of clearing.

Day 2This second photo was taken near the end of Day 2:

Day 2I planted the garden on Day 4 (31 May 2013). After seven hours of planting (and one severely burnt back), I came up with this:

2013-05-31 17.09.14And “this” includes: arugula, dill, cilantro, chives, basil, Swiss chard, and nappa cabbage (bordering the whole thing); tomatoes (brandywine, cherry, marglobe, and roma), purple bush beans, sweet peppers, eggplants, pole beans, pole peas, cucumbers, acorn squash, and butternut squash (near main bed); and radishes, green onions, beets, leeks, and fava beans (far main bed).

Day 4We will see what comes of it! Since May 31, I’ve planted two edible (I think!) flowers: nasturtium and marigolds.

And here are a few updates from the container garden on my deck. These were taken on May 27th, 2013. The peas and radishes have grown substantially larger since then — more pictures to come soon!

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flat-leaf parsley

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the mints — ginger, orange, and chocolate

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radishes and beets


  1. I wish you great success on your garden!

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