The Buddhist Lent Day 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016 was the Buddhist Lent Day at our local temple Wat Greensboro. On the day we also observed Asalha Puja Day, the day of the announcement of the first sermon of the Buddha also known as the Sangha Day. The Buddhist Lent Day is the annual three-month Rains Retreat known in Laos and Thailand as Punsa, which dated back to the early Buddhism in ancient India, this is the time where monks spent three months of the annual rainy season in permanent dwellings. This is to avoid unnecessary traveling during the period when crops were still new for fear that they might accidentally step on young plants.
Alms’ Bowl.
Food offering to the monks.
Alms giving.
Offering the robes and candles to the monks.
Local vendors
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Huge Jackfruit from Florida.
It’s nice to see that the offering flowers were mostly flowers from the garden.
Please visit Wat Greensboro’s Facebook to see more photos of The Buddhist Lent Day 2016.

Weeds Love My Garden

I’m beginning to wonder if the weeds loved my garden more than me, I spent my evening weeding and when I came across this one the answer is clear.

The blueberries are thriving amongst the weed. This is the first year that the birds left me some berries and it’s delicious freshly picked from the bush. I’m planning to plant a few more in the Fall.

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I hope to see a few watermelons this year, they do take up a lot of space and this location used to be the old garden where the previous owner used to plant corn. This might be my first and last year planting them unless I plant them on a trellis and it’ll take up less space. The melons are heavy and I’m not sure how this will work.

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The lemongrass is doing well.

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I love cucumbers and will definitely plant more next year.

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Hillside Garden

I failed to plan my garden properly and now facing the problems of the sloping garden. After looking at my garden, it’s not ideal to have the planting beds horizontally since the rain and garden waters wash the dirt to the slope side of the garden, see large image. The box planting beds seem to help and it’s a temporary fixed but not ideal long term solution for my garden. This made me think of a hillside garden, which means I have to plant my rows vertically and this will be good since the sun rising on the East side of the garden will shine evenly row by row, and the West side of the garden has more shade and I can plant vegetable crops that will grow in light to partial shade such as snow peas, cabbage, carrot, and garlic. I think the herbs will do well also.

I would love to redo my garden right now but it’ll have to wait until the Fall. The hillside garden made me think of the sloping Mekong gardens that I saw while visiting Laos in 2008. My garden will not be this extreme but this looks interesting and I can’t wait to redo my garden in the Fall.