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The Winter Garden, The Rain Barrel and Disneyland Dirt

When I was in Bhutan last fall I noticed many of the buildings had really cool cup rain chains, some silver, some copper but my favorite one had a red patina over silver. I’m sorry I didn’t bring some home along with the prayer flags that I still need to hang in the garden. But as I learned from the monks, I need to make sure I hang them on an auspicious day.

In the meantime, I found a great rain barrel and a cup rain chain that’s almost as good as the ones in Bhutan. Now I just need to wait for the rain.

The best news I have is that my garden is finally thriving! I had so many battles last year–bad dirt, snails, slugs, squirrels, deer, rabbits, raccoons and crows. For those of you who have followed me for a while, I’ve battled to grow organic veggies for the last 7 seasons. I think I’ve finally found the solution!
Here it is–enclosed raised beds. Dennis Shafer built these beautiful, removable panels on the raised beds and Mike Ellena delivered Disneyland dirt! Yes, really, the same dirt they use at Disneyland.

I don’t know who’s happier–me or the veggies!

 Look closely and you’ll see the very beginnings of a cauliflower.

 Here are the Brussels sprouts.

 The broccoli is doing well.

 Cabbage.

 This bed started from seeds–carrots, 3 varieties of onions and beets.

This was another bed of seeds–radish, parsnips, turnips, celery and leeks.

 Red cabbage and bok choy.

 The bok choy is ready to pick. I need to find something fun to make with it.

Here you see my efficient drip irrigation.

I put some flowers in the top of the rain barrel. It’s fun to have a little color in the yard.

The peas have gone wild! Really. They are about 5 feet tall and producing the sweetest peas I’ve ever had.

I hesitated writing this for fear of jinxing things, but I’ll just enjoy the moment and wait for an auspicious day to hang my Bhutanese prayer flags.


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