My dream to turn my backyard garden into something similar to the SRF Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, CA is still a work in progress. But I keep working on it, despite a lack of time and money. Little by little, I think I can realize something simliar in another year or two, realistically speaking.
Part of my backyard is a sloping hillside that is more akin to an untamed jungle than a serene meditation garden. But hopefully I can prune and cut back the overgrowth and create some natural paths and areas for meditation
I have clivias like those at the SRF meditation gardens. Pictured below are some clivias from the Encinitas SRF Temple.
Clivias are shade-loving plants and they thrive perfectly underneath the tall trees that shade the garden. Their bright orange-red flowers add colour to the landscape amidst the greens.
Though work toward achieving such a meditation garden will take a while, my Cymbidium Orchids are in full bloom and looking very good. I credit the rains earlier this year because I wasn’t taking care of the orchid plants as I should have, and so it was mother nature that lended a hand. And now the work is a lot easier now that the orchids are blooming and quite healthy so far.
The Compost Pile
The compost pile is looking rather small right now because I’d been using a lot of compost throughout the garden and adding the compost to the hillside that is full of weeds. I’m doing the lasagna gardening routine by roto-weeding the weeds and covering the ground with newspapers, sprinkling them with water and putting a good layer of compost to totally kill the weeds.
So I need to add a lot of new material to the compost pile to produce more.
Here’s some compost that is pretty much ready to add to the garden. I have a small pile of ready-to-use compost, and a bigger pile of new material that still needs to be broken down. I need to add at least a couple of bags of coffee grounds from Starbucks.