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:
Right before the garden opens up:
Field of flowers much advanced. Perhaps they are in the flower business, and not the vegetable business??
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).
Here's the address, Sukhumvit, soi 38, in case anybody wants to visit.
A different shot of the permaculture-style, use what comes to hand rock garden -- with the grass much advanced over two weeks previous.
This tree was on the sidewalk, but it was stealing afternoon sun, so I bet that's why they cut it down.
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.
Another shot of the same bad, shaded by banana trees.
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.
A second raised bed, no mulch, with seedlings.
The same bed.
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?
Using tires for pots, and to create a border, and two forms of Bangkok transport!
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.