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Longtime Grower Enjoys Raised-bed Gardening

Kun, walking through his newly planted food forest. Some of his fruit trees include pears and nectarines.
Kun, walking through his newly planted food forest. Some of his fruit trees include pears and nectarines.
While Kun Xu is new to our Build-a-Garden program, he is not at all new to gardening. He changed his yard to provide food for himself and his family and to inspire the community.

As I walked along his property I was amazed by the changes he had made in just four months. His house is lined with fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables. Passersby stop to admire the beauty of his budding food forest. Here's a peek into Kun's garden.

With such a busy schedule, how do you (plan to) incorporate gardening into your life?

Since I like to do gardening very much, I am trying very hard to squeeze some time for myself. Usually, I get up at 6:00 a.m. and work for one hour before breakfast and work for one more hour after work.

How many years have you been gardening in Massachusetts (northeast U.S.)?

I did gardening for six years in Maine.

Top two reasons to have a garden?

1. Eat fresh and no waste. 2. Enjoy seeing my plants growing. They bring me joy.

What did you plant? Or will you plant anything this month or week?

We have planted lettuce, tomato, scallion, mint, squash, cauliflower, basil, cilantro, and spinach. We will plant cucumbers and hot pepper later.

Kun working hard in the garden.
Kun working hard in the garden.
What is your watering method? How often do you water?

It depends on the weather. If it is too dry and too hot, I water them every two days in the morning and if it is humid, I water them once a week.

What did you harvest? How do you store the vegetables? Did you use them this month?

Not much yet, I use my scallion every day. The lettuce is almost ready. 

What is your favorite recipe to use your produce in?

Salad:

  • Mixed lettuce
  • Basil
  • Hot pepper
  • Table salt
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar 

What are you most excited about growing and why?

Herbs (basil and mint), because this is my first year to grow them.

Tips to share? Resources?

Doing a little bit every day is more enjoyable than doing a lot at once. 

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