decked garden


March 19, 2017

March-like weather has finally arrived, so this weekend I planted!

First I brought my IKEA-hack trellis up from the garage and sowed three rows of sugar snap peas in that planter. Peas do well planted thickly which makes them surprisingly suitable for small spaces. Most types do best with a trellis to grow on because the vines can easily reach 6’/1.8m. A support system that takes advantage of your vertical space is ideal for peas and deck gardens!

Next I planted my blue storage tub planter with four types of salad greens - clockwise from top right: ‘Bright Lights’ chard, mâché, spinach, and a mesclun containing mizuna and pac choi among other things. I like to use plastic drinking straws to demarcate sections because they don’t discolour, rot, or grow mildew the way wooden skewers will.

In order to protect tiny seeds and delicate seedlings from potential downpours and to warm the soil a bit, I cover early-season planters with sheets of plexiglass (acrylic).

In addition to peas and greens, I planted nasturtiums, California poppies, and a native wildflower blend designed to attract bees and other pollinators!

Paris - France

Standing 324m high and weighing 10,100 tonnes, the Eiffel tower is undeniably the most recognizable structure in France. The Eiffel Tower receives 7million visitors a year, making it the most paid for monument in the world. As spectacular as it is up close, The Eiffel Tower is just as spectacular from afar, where it can be seen against the city skyline. 

Surfing The Waves of Sound

The deadened pages
of an old diary
do not hold me
nor does a Google search
of my name;
you won’t find me
behind the door
of an office
or in the driver’s seat
of a Benz;
where I reside
is not the place
you think I hide,
nor am I
on a garden deck;
I do not sit
in a brooding corner
in a local cafe,
I do not hang
off the lips of friends.
I do not sleep
in a displaced bed;
I won’t linger
in memories,
I won’t insinuate
into blasé conversations;
I am not buried
under heaps of paper
nor dirt, nor guilt,
the locks on the doors
do not keep me out,
nor in; engaged in
sunsets, deeply,
you might discover
a pensive figure
but on the ninth hour
you will find me whence
I lair and love:
betwixt the notes
of music foreign
and fitfully immerse
in melody and tune.
Carried away I am
only by the whims
of a melancholic flute,
I cannot be nonchalant
in the face of dismay
of a forlorn violin,
exudate I do
when the piano bleeds
what my throat cannot voice,
entranced I can be
by the plucking
of a harmonious harp.
You can find me wholly here
enraptured, a willing prey
to the mercy and magic
of music.

18th century pirates were known to carry beehives on their ships, using them to harvest the honey, which was known as a delicacy. To provide the bees with the required flowers, they kept carefully tended gardens below deck, this is usually ignored in popular culture, since it displays the pirates as something other than fierce, heartless beings.


Before and after. The back of the house faced the south. We worked daylong in the sun, sweating as it described its arc across the sky above this double-decker in Arlington. The tomatoes got fatter during our two weeks building these decks, and when the woman who owned the place came out to her gardens, the smell of basil – that dense, licoricey smell of high summer – lingered in the air and won, temporarily, against the smell of the sunscreen and sawdust that coated our skin.


横浜ランドマークタワー スカイガーデン | Yokohama Landmark Tower Sky Garden by Iyhon Chiu