园丁的供应职员黛比页转到尼加拉瓜种子几包,并开始一个花园的目标。

黛比页 in Nicaragua

新花园

鲁迪和我,这是医院的废墟的一部分水泥盒子立了一个园子。

种子

沿着里约热内卢可可米斯基托村庄尼加拉瓜西北部的种子选择到工厂护士。

童装

当地的孩子们都好奇的花园。我希望他们会关心这一点。

在佛蒙特州的冬季,我们的商店(我工作的地方)变得非常安静,所以这是一个很好的时间脱身。今年我前往尼加拉瓜博士卡伦·伯克从Fletcher亚伦医疗保健在伯灵顿。三讲西班牙语的大学生陪着我们。

我们的目的地是在northeas Wespan镇tern Nicaragua, which is on the Rio Coco, near the country’s border with Honduras.We visited the Miskito villages surrounding the town and brought them medicine and medical supplies, sheets, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, books as well as seeds from Gardener’s Supply.We lead workshops in the different villages, where we discussed nutrition, hygiene, composting and planting.We gave seeds to the lead nurse in each village so he or she could distribute them.The seeds and the headache medicine were the biggest hits.

Our home base was a medical clinic on the grounds of a hospital that was burned by the Sandinistas in 1981.Some lovely browalia still grow and bloom among the concrete ruins of hospital’s foundations.Dr.Burke asked me to plant a garden with Rudi, the clinic’s groundskeeper.

We chose an open cement box that was 10 ft.x 5 ft.and 4 ft.tall.It had been the water filter for the hospital’s cistern, but was now filled with weeds and sand.Growing in a contained, elevated planter would give the plants some protection from being trampled or munched by the cows, horses, pigs, goats and chickens that roam free.The garden would also be within sight of the clinic, so it might get some ongoing attention.We removed the weeds from the planter and topped it with 3-4″ of compost from the pile Burke created on her visit a year ago.

Rudi and the clinic’s cook, Vilma, looked over the seeds we’d brought down, and decided what they would like to plant.They chose plants they knew would grow well in their climate: tomatoes, melons, green beans, peppers and carrots.We also planted sunflowers, Swiss chard and marigolds.The Swiss chard was to add some greens to their diet, which is mainly rice and beans.The marigolds were to repel bugs and the sunflowers were for the birds.To make planting easy and keep things organized, we divided the surface of the garden into a grid of 12″ squares, just as we recommend in our厨房花园规划.Wespan gets at least a little bit of rain every day.As soon as it stops raining, the sun beams down.No wonder the seeds were already sprouting just four days after planting.

We also planted lots of flower seeds in front of the clinic.I am not as hopeful about this garden because it is within the drip line of the roof and doesn’t get much rain.Maybe the nurses will remember to water it.The “weeds” Rudi removed to clear the area contained some pretty pink-tinged caladiums.

The area is part of a pine savannah, and most of the soil is sandy and acidic.Pine trees and palm trees provide some shade around people’s living areas.A few people make compost, “火内格拉,” but most of the animal manure is left where it’s deposited.Children run through when playing — we saw a child’s bare footprint in one of the cow plops.

I had a wonderful experience in Nicaragua and was happy to share the seeds and some of my gardening experience.But who were we to tell these folks how to plant a garden?They have been planting beans and rice since their ancestors the Mayans were living there.As a gardener, I’m always eager to discover new gardening techniques.My hope is that maybe I left behind a few new ideas for them to experiment with.

黛比页
Williston Store Sales Associate, Gardener’s Supply