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My Sandbox Garden

posted Oct 8, 2010, 7:19 AM by Dustin Romero   [ updated May 14, 2011, 9:09 AM by Dustin Romero ]
Actually I think that clay would better describe it, but I did mix some sand in too. I have planted though, and I've seen my first sprouts coming up. Like my experience with food, it takes some creativity to make things work.


To start I got the seeds from a contact in a local shop that one of the interpreters knew. We were really hoping for tomatoes, and cucumbers, but they are out of season. We were given watermelon, cantaloupe, beans, and seeds that looked like cantaloupe, but were pink. I planted some of the seeds in old plastic drawers I found laying around the abandoned part of our housing village. The rest of the seeds are planted in water bottles that I cut a door into and punched little drain holes in the bottom.


My next project is to finish my garden beds. I found some old unused sand bags that I'm using as the edge of my garden bed. I then "acquired" some HESCO barriers (google it), the ones I...found...were the little ones, about two feet high, and two feet wide cubes. The plan that our interpreter and I have devised is to take the HESCO's appart and use them as a fence to keep critters out and as walls to cover the garden with clear plastic, like a greenhouse.


Our biggest problem right now is getting a shovel, of all things. We went and asked the KBR contractor in the office that runs our housing village. I'm not making this up, mind you, he told us that they weren't allowed to have shovels, since they belonged to a tool classification that they had not been trained on. Not trained to use a shovel. Right. Our tax dollars at work, thanks KBR.




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