Last year we had “master gardeners” to help us start a garden for the Residents. The area was first raised up, filled in with soil and fertilizers, then the seedlings were planted. The Residents chose to plant a variety of vegetables, and each one’s section was labeled according to the vegetables they chose (squash, tomatoes, melons, jalapenos, etc.).
After the “master gardeners” delivered the plants, and they were planted, we needed someone to water the plants every day. José was our man! And every day he got the hose out (he had his own nozzle) and watered the vegetables. When they were ready to bring in, he filled up his bag, which he carried on his wheelchair, and brought them in for the kitchen…
This year José graduated from watering the plants to becoming a “master gardener” himself, for this year he started with seeds, and then planted his own seedlings into the beds.
This year, José also waters all the potted plants in the front of the Home. He has to get his walker to get the hose and to turn it on. He then goes around to the pots that need to be watered.
José has been bringing the squash in by the bags full, and will soon be bringing in many tomatoes and even a couple of “Sandias” watermelons. We can hardly wait to taste the many things in his garden!