We decided to make a little roof garden. We asked all around about where we could buy seeds. We were sent over the train tracks and through a temple to a small shop FULL of seeds. We picked out 5 kinds- tomato, celery, Chinese cabbage, eggplant, and carrots. We had really wanted an herb garden, but veggies would have to do! We also saved some shoots of watercress, chives, and mint. We left them in a cup of water until roots started to show. The mint sort of shriveled and died, but this weekend we scored big. We got tiny plants from a stranger’s garden- mint and basil. We asked how much they were, but they refused to take any money.
We found 2 massive Styrofoam containers to hold the dirt. The next important thing was getting dirt! We went to a nursery near the moat where we asked for 2 bags. The guy went over around the other side of the shop near a little stream and dug some sandy dirt straight from the ground. We’d heard local dirt wasn’t great so we saved some things to improve ours a bit- coffee grounds, left over scoby from my boyfriend’s kombucha, egg shells, charcoal ashes from our grill. The morning we were mixing the dirt,
they were constructing something out of wood downstairs so we got some wood chips too. Someone had put wilted flowers from their apartment in the stairwell so we grabbed them too. We’d read recyclables can also help to hold water so we grabbed a couple of aluminum cans from a pile downstairs. We mixed it all up and watered it a bit.
We dug some little troughs and put our seeds in. With popsicle sticks, we labeled each set. We also dug some holes for the sprouted herbs and planted them too. We also found a small watering can so we sprinkle water on them pretty frequently, considering the Mandalay heat. Now we’re on the wait, water and watch phase. Some sprouts have popped up already. We may need some more space soon!
An update: Our garden has done really well! Most of our plants grew nicely in spite of the small space. We recently made a salad with some of the veggies– our first home-grown garden eats!