The Garden of Weedin'

             So, at the beginning of spring quarter sophomore year, my drawmate Karl and I made the decision to get a small plot of land at the Stanford Community Farm so we could have a garden of our own. This was not just some random idea!! - It had been fermenting ever since our hopes for manufacturing rice wine had shattered that memorable night in the middle of fall quarter...

Our first task was to clear the land so we could actually see the soil. Then of course we spent a lot of time tilling the soil somehow with a hoe and shovel. This was no easy task - this is a picture of an undeveloped plot:

After several days of breaking the soil, we made several trips to home depot to decide what we wanted to planted. Here are some pictures of us on the road:

We finally decided on artichokes (for Marisa), cherry tomatoes, snow peas, morning glory, and strawberries for starters. It was really satisfying to actually get stuff into the ground because before this point, the garden idea seemed like an idea that was dangerously on the verge of falling apart due to apathy. It's really hard to believe that our plants once used to be so small =) We planted the plants roughly in three rows to line up with the irrigation tubes.

The next steps were to work on the other half of the plot and to box in the areas designated for planting. We wanted to put wood chips all around the plot to walk on and to make a rock path down the middle of half of the plot.

Here are some pictures of our beautiful garden after we had finished our landscaping, with some strawberry pictures because at this point they had already started growing. The string on the posts were for the morning glory and the peas to climb.

After shopping around at home depot, we decided on getting some plants for the other half of our garden. We settled on buying some flower seeds, daisies, two orange trees(!!), and some violets. I must say, I was really proud of our garden after we put these in, because they really made it look good. We also put some thyme in the ground near the stone path. The idea was that whenever we would step on the stones, some of the thyme would be crushed and would release some sort of aroma. Unfortunately, we never saw any of the thyme come out and none of the flower seeds came up either. How disappointing.

At some point, we decided to make our wonderful creation open to the public - that's not beer they're drinking.

Today, our garden is filled with life! The morning glory has beaten the snow peas in the game of survival and has now climbed to the top of the structure we built for it. The tomatoes are coming out now and we added a basil plant. Recently I made a trip to Common Grounds in Palo Alto and got some lettuce seedlings and corn seeds. We'll see how these turn out. Stay tuned...

Sometimes we bring in the slave labor. One of them is so zealous in her efforts that she weeds our neighbor's garden too.

Eating the fruits of our labor is the best thing in the world. The following is probably the best documented artichoke meal in history.

Some more random pictures of our garden today. Look at our morning glory! It's hard to believe that only several months ago they were seeds. Also note how short Marisa is.

(Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Last June, Karl and I graduated and had to relinquish the garden. We hope that the plot brings good things to its new owner as it did for us.)

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