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Worms represent the living of the soil since we have sown and planted things. The worms are the key actor for the soil to “breathe”, they also produce the minerals useful to the development of young plants. (photo and text by Marin)

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Trying to get in a crop before winter is no easy task. For the moment, we have no water and the normally rainy fall weather has not yet replaced this lovely Indian summer. The new soil is packed down and needs to be completely turned over and our tools are far away from the plot hidden in plain sight. Not to mention that classes are starting, babies are being born and our budget is rather tight.

Despite all that, our plot is being filled in in baby steps, today’s being: garlic, rhubarb, white mustard, buckwheat and rye as green manures (an organic way to add nutrients and hummus to the soil).

We truly need a composter to get going (as well as a source for compost) as the school’s cafeteria apparently has no fresh fruit or vegetable peelings. I’ve been getting to know the soil for the last week and have not come upon one single worm. Not good.


A first glimpse at tracing our triangles. Our string wasn’t quite long enough, the weather was crap, there was a discrepancy with the math and we didn’t really have enough wicker, but I think our triangles are equilateral enough to get going and we are now officially the caretakers of this tiny plot.

In the beginning…

All gardens start with dirt and ours has already good smelly dark brown loam.

Now to the drawing board.