April Showers

I started planting in the garden last week. The cucumbers didn’t make it, it was cold at night and super hot during the day and now it’s starting all over again sowing cucumber seeds in the garden. The lemongrass stalks that I purchased from the Asian Market started to take roots and I planted them outside yesterday.

Next to the lemongrass is the Thai Basil.

Bo’s mom gave me the onions and they looked better yesterday. They looked so sad after today’s heavy rain.

The mints are doing great.

PaNoy gave me these plants last Sunday at the temple. I was busy photographing the Songkran Festival and didn’t have a chance to ask him what they are. I will need to know before planting them. The Songkran Festival was a lot of fun, I will make a post soon. Here is the link to the Songkran Festival 2017 Album.

My tomato plants are thin and frail looking, I don’t think they will make it outside. I purchased a few young tomato plants at Lowes and they are expensive. Next year I will need to sow the tomato seeds in early January.  The ones that I have now will be okay to plant in the Summer.

I sowed the Sugar Snap Peas in the garden last week and it’s sprouting.

The Okra came up also, I saved too many seed pods last year and only need one pod for this row. I see that the weeds came up also, lots of weeding in the weeks ahead.

Lots of leaves for the blueberries, and only a few young blueberries.

The persimmons look promising this year, this is the second year and hope to have a few fruits to harvest in the Fall.

I have a good size garden 50 ft. x 50 ft. and didn’t want to have a big garden because I won’t have the time to care for it. I decided to plant fruit trees on the other side of the garden. This will leave me enough space for a few rows of peppers. I purchased the bare-root dwarf fruit trees from Stark Bro’s and they came in a long box within a week.

They were nicely packaged and the roots were wrapped with damped shredded papers.

I purchased 3 Apple trees and 1 Hosui Asian Pear tree.

I need to get a bamboo stake so it will grow upright. This side of the garden still needs a lot of cleaning.

I planted them last week and this one has leaves already.

I’m not a huge fan of April Showers since I couldn’t work in the garden as much as I like to but I think the ducks love the April Showers.

Preparing Planting Beds

The weather has been very warm in our area and I’m eager to start planting in the garden. I spoke to several gardeners and they are waiting because the ground is still too cold.  The last several years I planted my garden after Easter, and I think I will wait again this year. The cucumbers are getting so big and ready to go outside, they might not be able to wait until then.

I prepared the planting bed over the weekend. The dirt is hard and clay like in some area and hoping that by digging a big planting hole this will help.

This planting bed below is for the tomato plants. I’ll fill the holes with the store bought garden dirt. This is my first year trying it this way, the garden is sloped and if filled the planting bed with soft garden dirt the rains will wash it away.

This planting bed will be for the pickling cucumbers and snap peas. The trellis is made out of metal fence panels zip ties together to make an A-Frame. It’s staked down by the tent stakes, and I laid black garden cloth in the center to prevent the weed from growing.

Bo helped me moved some of the railroad-lumbers to line up against the fence. I hope this will help to prevent the rains from washing all the garden dirt to the pond. At first I was going to plant the sunflowers in this area, but now I think it’ll be best to plant the Okras here. I wish the whole garden has this rich dark soil like the lower part of the garden.

I sowed the marigolds in a pot and it’s doing well so far.

The zinnias sprout also. 

The blueberries are flowering.

I will be busy weeding this year.

It has been raining today and I couldn’t work in the garden, so I finally have time to thin out the seedlings.

The plastic cups come in handy for transplanting the young plants. I saw on youtube that they use 2 cups, the inside has holes for drainage and the outer layer is to catch the water. It’s such a neat idea and I absolutely loved it.

My dad gave me big empty water bottles, and I use them to plant the young tomato plants. I hope they’ll be ready to go outside in 2 weeks.

31st Anniversary Celebration of Wat Greensboro Buddhist Center

We celebrated the 31st Anniversary Celebration of Wat Greensboro Buddhist Center in Greensboro, North Carolina last Sunday, March 19, 2017.  Back in the 80s, we had a very small Buddhist community in this area. We fled from our war-torn countries, some immigrated from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. The Thai community was small in the 80s. We couldn’t speak each other’s languages but what we have in common is the belief of the Buddhist teachings. The original founders rented a house for 2 years, then purchased this place 31 years ago. We are fortunate to have Ven. Phramaha Somsak Sambimb as the temple abbot that fluently speaks Khmer, Thai and English. Wat  Greensboro welcomes members, visitors, and educators that seek to practice and learn more about the Buddhist teachings.

We have generous members that donated to the temple building fund. We recently had a new roof installed last year, a new carport for the holiday events’ vendors installed this year, the paving is a work in progress.

We have completed the men and women’s bathrooms project on January 1, 2017.

We have volunteers that help make these projects possible and also help cleaning up the temple ground on the weekends. The temple sits on a 10 arcs lot and during the clean up the crew members found an old Spirit house that has been hidden from view of the overgrown bamboo trees. We are thankful for all the work that they have done for the temple and their dedications to make Wat Greensboro great again.

The 31st Anniversary service was held in the Buddha’s room.

Alms-giving

The foods prepared for the monks.

Money offering to the temple and monks.

Ven. Phramaha Somsak Sambimb giving the sermon.

Pouring water merit making ceremony.

Offering foods to the monks.

We have young dancers practicing for the upcoming Songkran event in April, looking forward to seeing them perform.

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