Garden club has begun! It’s not much, but once a week I have an hour set aside for getting my hands dirty. I get to hang out with my good friend Adam plus a few middle-schoolers (who I appreciate all the more since this is not a club I would have joined at age 12).
We do some weeding. We do some planting and mulching and watering. We do some harvesting. But most of all, we simply have a little time to play among natural patterns and processes that are so lacking in our daily lives.
Since Garden Club started my mindset has now changed to forager. I’m always on the lookout for opportunities to help the garden. One example: I went out to buy beer the other night with a couple friends and saw a recently cut tree on the street corner. The workers must have done a ton of chainsawing by the looks of the huge pile of sawdust on the sidewalk. I asked them if they’d help me fill some garbage bags but they declined. So I woke up the next morning at 6:15 (Sunday), gathered a rake, trowel and bags and drove to the tree. All in all it took about 45 minutes and we now have a bunch of mulch for the garden beds. With the harsh tropical sun mulch is more important than ever, but wood chips and products are really quite scarce, so I’m counting myself lucky that the street cleaners didn’t come early.
I’ll share some more photos and stories of the garden as it grows this season.