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Zen and the Art of Gardening

Posted by Michael Hughes   August 3, 2010

The garden. Serene, peaceful yet a paradox of weeds and plants. I let the producing plant live over the non producing weeds which I pull. I decide. Morning glories, tomatoes and cukes can stay and bind weed is pulled. It’s not the bind weeds fault that their flowers are not colorful (to me) or large, bell shaped and are only there to choke out other plants much like kudzu. I have learned to do nothing when there is nothing to be done. I understand that the garden is larger than myself.

The first time I saw a seedling emerge from the soil I experienced magic.  A wow factor so big it has kept me engaged in gardening to this date if nothing more than admiration for another’s garden.  In the darkness of the soil and the lightness of the sky is a way to understand. Everything in constant change and season. No beginning and no end. This cycle of life has been here forever and it is as old as the earth.

I plant the seeds but do not make them grow, I prune the trees but do not create fruit, I seek life but cannot prevent death. The cycle of life is present for all things, provides for others but has no needs for itself.

Water gives life to all plants. Balance is important. In watering be generous, in weeding be mindful, in pruning be light, in harvesting be grateful. Don’t depend on others’ approval or you may forget your own joy. Rest is as important as gardening. The garden takes care of you as you take care of the garden. Giving, receiving, resting it’s possible to have these things without controlling them.

Land lies fallow waiting for new growth. Standing in my garden I see the miracles unfolding. Gardening has no beginning and no ending. There is somewhat of a mystery in gardening, it cannot be heard, seen or held. But it can be felt. To me it feels like joy, appreciation, freedom, love and  passion.

For more information on Gardening in Colorado you can find it at my friend Jane Shellenbergers’ magazine website The Colorado Gardener.

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Window Farms

Posted by Michael Hughes   April 7, 2010

Vertical gardens are utilizied when space is precious. They can be indoors or out.  You can use the gravity flow or the bubble method for nutrient and hydration.  Vertical gardens have become increasingly popular in high density urban areas where it is a welcome sight to see green in weather reminiscent of a London winter.  This could be a great addition if you were going to buy a home in Boulder. If you are budget conscious you can start with common recyclable materials. For under $100 USD you can set up a very large window but it will take the how to directions (free) and construction time as well.  Most vertical gardens are custom fitted or able like Legos® add or subtract units for the fitting.  Check out www.windowfarms.org for great how to build information and to contribute to the global community of vertical gardening.

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I Dig Dirt II

Michael Hughes   March 1, 2010

I dig dirt.  I first noticed the fascination with growing plants when I was about 3. We lived in southern California. My grandmother had come to visit from New Mexico and I asked her what she did.  She said “I’m a farmer.”  I’m 3 years old,  so it’s question after question.  When I asked what a farmer was she said “well I put seeds in the ground and grow them into plants, and then harvest them and eat them.”  What I heard was blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,   Ginger.  So clearly I did not understand what she was talking about. So she showed me. Showing is so much better than telling.

First we soaked some beans overnight. The next day we put the beans in the ground and watered them. Then we waited for 3-4 days  or what seemed like years.  She said “be patient”, something I would not learn to be until I was 45 or so.  Finally something was happening. A small green bean pod was poking its’ head out of the ground, pushing the soil out of its way. It got bigger and bigger. It was beautiful. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. All in that little bean I could see the existence of God, source energy, spiritual power. All the secrets of the universe were revealed in that moment. Come to Colorado, buy a home in Boulder, grow a garden or grow in a local  Boulder community garden map

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I dig dirt

Posted by Michael Hughes  February 25, 2010

February this year has been unrelenting in Boulder with snow and cold. If you have bought a home or are going to buy a home in Boulder, now is the time to do “prep” work. You don’t want your chores to snowball (no pun intended) when March and April roll around.

  • Watch for sales for wood for trellis building to sustain your tomatoes, green beans, squash and gourds. Also watch wood sales for the new raised bed frames you’ll be building.
  • Make sure all your tools are clean, sharpened and ready to go.
  • Have you made your plan of what you want to grow this year?
  • Will you need to bring in compost or additional soil?
  • Map out your garden on graph paper.
  • Order your seeds if you have not already done so.
  • Set up flats for starting seeds. Lighting and a heat mat can assist growing a variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetables for the garden.
  • If you have a garage or workshop, repair and repaint garden furniture that you’ll be using outside in your new Boulder home.
  • Once you plan your plantings, pots, and beds, you can design a drip irrigation system that can save you time and money.
  • Inspect, pick off and destroy insect eggs before they hatch.
  • Prune dormant grape vines. Trim oldest wood and leave only primary stems. Each stem should have four to six canes from last years’ growth.
  • Pickup the latest free edition of the Colorado Gardener.
  • Smile, it’s almost Spring.

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