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Urban garden in Bangkok: Update

Before I left, I made sure to return to the urban garden I visited here. A lot of progress had been made, not least by the plants. This is, after all, the tropics!

Immediately before the garden, we see that hydroponics seem popular in the neighborhood. Note top of wall:

BKK garden

Right before the garden opens up:

BKK garden

Field of flowers much advanced. Perhaps they are in the flower business, and not the vegetable business??

BKK garden

I don't know if this image of the garden swing is more saturated with green because I took a better picture, or because there's more green in it (since the plants have grown).

BKK garden

Here's the address, Sukhumvit, soi 38, in case anybody wants to visit.

BKK garden

A different shot of the permaculture-style, use what comes to hand rock garden -- with the grass much advanced over two weeks previous.

BKK garden

This tree was on the sidewalk, but it was stealing afternoon sun, so I bet that's why they cut it down.

BKK garden

Raised beds, with mulch! This is important because mulch in Thailand seems less important there than here; perhaps there's less need to capture water because there's so much of it? But mulch improves the soil, as well. (Also, the leaves and indeed the flowers of many tropical plants are like leather; it's hard to get them to mulch at all.) Notice at bottom left that the swale is doing exactly what it should do: Capture run-off.

BKK garden

Another shot of the same bad, shaded by banana trees.

BKK garden

Field of clover with decorative basket; I really do believe this is their first step before putting in a bed, to improve the soil by fixing nitrogen.

BKK garden

A second raised bed, no mulch, with seedlings.

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The same bed.

BKK garden

Filling up a swale with rock. Though this project is clearly purposeful, I don't know what the purpose is! Perhaps mulch is not used because it dries out too fast. So the white rocks would allow water to flow through to the earth, but keep the earth cool, minimizing evaporation, by reflecting light?

BKK garden

Using tires for pots, and to create a border, and two forms of Bangkok transport!

BKK garden

I don't understand why nobody's trying to turn the land into a condo; maybe the next time I go, it will be gone... Or, alternatively, the garden's survival marks the high tide of condomania.

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Submitted by insanelysane on

The recycling and use of what's at hand works out really nicely.

Even those tires looked pretty good.

Submitted by hipparchia on

i'm guessing the large-ish rocks in the swale are there for erosion control.

according to the interwebz, annual rainfall in bangkok is about 60" or about the same as where i live. maybe the beds are raised to keep the plants from drowning.

speaking of mulch, and rocks, and lots of rain... is that rock mulch on those beds? with torrential rains, rock mulch would be more likely to stay in place, and i've generally found it better for weed control than organic mulches.

clover is useful for enriching the soil (especially if you're using rocks for mulch), plus it's edible and can be made into tea.

thanks for the garden tour! most enjoyable!

Submitted by hipparchia on

i wondered about these in your first set of photos, are they keeping out animals or people?

Submitted by lambert on

Bangkok dogs are working ("stray") dogs; the boundaries of the whole place are too porous to keep them out, which is why there's are guard dogs, I think.

It's very rusty old wire, too. I have the sense that the property is occupied in some way; the phone number on the sign seems to go to a low-grade condo operator, and not a high end real estate developer....