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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Day of Solitude

"I never found the companion that was so campanionable as solitude."
 Henry David Thoreau. Walden

I arrived today for my fist shift at Sanderlin’s garden. Although I was by myself for the entire period, I found it to be soothing.  The garden can be filled with lots of energy and joy; it can also be very peaceful.
I love the way in which the trees guide you to the garden.

My first impressions on the garden were how beautifully designed and how many hands had contributed in its success.

After taking it all in I noticed how dry some of the plants were looking and decided they needed a good watering. I had trouble finding a key to the water spout but eventually found the right person to turn it on. We are in the process of constructing a drip irrigation system for the garden as well as rain barrels so it will be easier to water plants in the future!

Last semester, I had the privilege of working at Lakewood elementary school garden and had obtained some okra seeds that I let dry out over winter. I thought it would be nice to plant some of the seeds from Lakewood’s garden at Sanderlin. 

I made three rows of five small holes, two feet apart and put two seeds in each hole. I covered the holes and gently watered them.

Although there were no children out in the garden with me today I appreciated the solitude.

Julia Melton

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