Our Garden

Posted May 16th, 2009 by IP

I have a passion for green and growing things. Each place where we plant our own roots for three to four years, I immediately begin scouting out local flora. UB is no different, although compared to Africa, Jakarta, Tokyo, and Canberra, it is much more challenging.

After nine months, we have about 15 houseplants; we had a few more, but Hunter found them a tasty treat during the long, cold winter so I’ve had to cluster the survivors in our small, sunny ‘clutter’ room on the second floor. Here we have our desktop, laptop, printer, scanner, table for crafts, an ironing board, and my sewing machine. Currently we have a cherry tree, azalea, two varieties of clover, Peace Lily, and a few I don’t know the names of.

Now that it’s warmed up, a garden bubble has been erected on our housing compound. Residents are able to sign up for 5’x6′ plots. We signed up in February right after Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian New Year which heralds spring. The bubble was up in April and after we returned from our R&R in Tokyo, I took another week off from work. Jesse and I prepared the plot; he dug, I watched 🙂 Once the large chunks of dirt were pulverized, he watered well and we planted seeds. This was done the week of April 19, with a supplemental planting the following week.

Now, almost a month later we have a slowly, but steadily showing of the following: 4 o’clock, corn, sunflowers, squash, watermelon, and morning glories. I also planted a shiso and some wildflower mix and we’re still waiting for them to sprout. There are many other little shoots – likely from previous gardeners. We’re waiting to see what they become.

In the month since we planted in April, temperatures ranged from the mid 20sC / 80sF to zero. It has snowed twice. This is the first time I’ve lived in a place with such extreme weather and with such a short growing season…less than four months.

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2 Responses to “Our Garden”

  1. Jeffrey

    MAXXX!!! I miss that little sausage dog!

    Also I can’t wait to see what your garden plot looks like when things start getting to be a little more visible. 🙂

  2. Ruth

    What a great greenhouse!! I had a plastic tunnel greenhouse once (for economy sake when I was a student: it didn’t last long but I later bought a glass one) I look forward to seeing your produce grow!


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