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In the Garden (and beyond)

Things are rolling along at the Amberley Green Garden.  We are down to simple watering and weeding chores which is nice.  I finished up any mulching that needed to be done this weekend.  The leaf mulch around the plants and then the more wood-chip mulch material in places to create paths (more like stepping stones) so I’ll have a place to stand when the plants mature.  Already we are reaping a plentiful harvest….

We’ve already begun to see a few results.  A few of my fellow gardeners have planted a 3 sisters garden that I plan to help out with as it grows.  3 sisters is basically a garden of corn, beans and squash .  These plants will support each other through out the season.  But for now….

Thankfully (or should I say tankfully…) we had a few days with rain in the last week and so our water tanks are back to being fullish.

At home, I’ve managed to grow a flower in my ‘living stone’ plant.  I love this.  So far, no deer has eaten it.

It’s not all been work in the garden.  It’s summer so we have had ice-cream.

And each week the Taos trip draws nearer…. Thanks to Julie who has been snapping some of the prepping process for the class.  Students are getting to know their watercolor sets.

And they are collaging and transforming blank books into vessels that will capture their travel experiences.

We are all getting to know one another as well…

as we prepare to head west next week (next week!!)

And Taos.  Oh sweet Taos.  In one short visit a few years ago I fell in love with the place and it’s had a magnetic pull on my soul ever since.  There’s always been Maine.  And Ireland… those moist and gray and green places that seem to help me grow roots to my very self.  But Taos is a different animal.  Instead of roots, it’s gift to me seems to be wings.  Every visit there I discover more about, and have more opportunity to further, my work.  This never ceases to amaze me.

This year’s delightful surprise is the chance to be a part of the Eco-Chic Retreat team.  A group of women, artists, healers, makers – who are coming together to share their work in a DVD project created by filmmaker Jody McNicholas.  Just as I was putting together today’s blog-post, an email arrived with Eco-Chic’s film trailer and a chance to support the making of the film on the indiegogo fundraising site.  

I hope you’ll take a peek at what we are up to and consider supporting the making of this film…

Til next time.





This week In The Garden: Tilled

As the inevitable blanket of shade begins to fill in the bright spots in our yard, ferns continue to pop up and make spaces for the bunnies to hide in….

But up the road, things are progressing in the Amberley Village Community Garden.  The other night we walked the dogs up there and discovered the patch had been tilled, just in time for yesterday evening’s garden orientation where we met our fellow gardeners, chose our plots,  and were introduced to our water tank system.

It was a blustery day in the hundred acre wood…..

You can begin to see where the plots will be.  We are fortunate to be using crunched up tree branches from the village as mulch on the pathways between plots.  Our deer fence will arrive in early May.

We sheltered from the wind for a bit to talk about the garden and how it’s going to work.

This is our water tank which is fed from the roof of an old golf clubhouse.  It was filled in just 2 rains.  Amazing!!

We shall have to be careful not to leave the water on this summer.  We will take turns monitoring the shut off valve each evening.

There’s a cool bulletin board at the clubhouse/garden shed area that already has a few announcements.  I’m excited to see what shapes up here in the future as this community grows right alongside it’s vegetables.  Our village has a reputation of being the type of place where, due to our lovely green spaces between houses, no one ever really communicates.  But I sense a hunger for neighborliness that this garden will feed, along with our tummies!!  It will be wonderful to see what everyone is growing this summer.  Many of us are veggie garden newbies.  I’ve had tomatoes and lettuces and such but not too much beyond that.  I am not even sure what to plant!!  So far I’m thinking tomatoes for canning, onion, basil, beans, maybe some broccoli, brussel sprouts…. oh the list goes on.  We shall see, and I’ll of course keep you posted.