Mandala Garden

by Jamuna dd

Lalita Gopi’s garden has an unusual and beautiful design, it is in the shape of a circle.  She reports loving the feeling of being in the garden, but has found it challenging to make good paths.  She has used stones and marble pieces to patch together some walkways, but was disappointed when the grass grew in between the cracks.

Lalita has been gardening in this spot for 11 years and this is her first year trying the circular design. The garden is quite large and she said that not all the space is filled with plants which leads to a problem with weeds.  Some of the delicacies grown in her garden include, tomatoes, snap peas, green beans, squash, pumpkins, cilantro, potatoes, asparagus, basil, hot peppers, cucumber, broccoli, kale, beets, carrots, swiss chard. She also grows some herbs such as camomile, thyme and catnip.

The racoons have been on the rampage in her garden chomping down some of the broccoli, kale, squash and tomatoes.  She has caught 3-4 racoons so far.  Plans for the future include adding manure, planting the vegetables closer together to help with weeds and also improving the paths so that she can use a lawn mower in between sections.  What a wonderful example she is giving to her children, living a Krsna conscious lifestyle and feeding the family fresh nutritious vegetables.

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