A constant in any garden is weeding...removing the plants you don't want and leaving
the ones you nurture to grow.
Our first chore, after taking our usual walk about through our Vivero, was weeding.
The youth seemed eager to work and so we let them loose on the cabbage patch bed.
Anticipating the rains, we brought wood shavings to blanket the front entrance area of the Vivero.
The plants all loved the recent rain and the watering Brigada also did a fine job
keeping everything moist.
Our dear friends Doris & Peter Wakeman kindly allowed us to visit their home to
harvest bamboo for the Viero. Brad wanted to create trellises for the garden beds
and bamboo is a fine material for the job.
Soon after arriving at the Vivero I noticed vertical structures going up all over the garden.
Felipe and Brad were like garden gnomes, sprouting up here and there...and in their
path were lovely trellises ready to help our plants grow towards the sky.
Our chile and bell pepper starters were ready to be transplanted
so Brad did the honors.
Meanwhile everywhere in the garden projects were being tended to. The Brigadistas from San Pedro Itzican had arrive and like Ninjas, they cleared the back area of weeds in no time.
Barb and Paula turned and tended to the compost pile.
Soon harvest was seen on our work tables, along with lovely photos printed and brought from the States by Barb Reinhart.
Anita and Brad continue to harvest.
Our handsome melon mound
Crisp beautiful kale
Torre Eiffel Trellis
Paola wanted to help plant so we gave her her own bed to work in.
The fruits of our labor are always a surprise and a welcomed treat.
We had received reports of local children visiting the Vivero during the week, taking plants and disrupting our work. I suggested that the children, who regularly work in the Vivero, speak to the disruptive children, one-on-one, to request that the Vivero be respected.
Just in case we decided to put up a bit of fencing to highlight the point.
After the work morning in the Vivero everyone seems to meet at Dona Maria Elena's abarrotes to cash in their vales and to recap the work day. Anita catches up with our garden godmother, preparing for another week.
(Weaving courtesy of Bradley "Mulch" Mowers)
Like a fine weaving, our Vivero comes together, the sum of all of it parts,
to create something beautiful, alive and wonderful.
Thank you to all those who help make this happen.