Hatching Free Range Ideas

Garden Prayer Wheels

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

In Tibet, there are large prayer wheels along the streets (I’ve read). Passers by spin them as they walk, revolving the prayer scroll inside which then spins into the universe the idea of hope and compassion.

We have a new garden. I’ve written about the hope that new gardens bring, but I want this garden to have every chance it can to thrive. So we’ve made Garden Prayer Wheels, with a scroll inside that says, “Bloom, Thrive, Grow, Nurture, Sun, Rain” and Eric added, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I spin it now, even though nothing is planted. There will be one on the top of each fencepost.

We’ve developed several prototypes and are about ready to figure out production, with the assistance of some of our professionally very crafty friends.

Here’s the water source for the garden, a catch pool from the roof. Why buy a large plastic rain barrel when you can work four weekends to make some thing that does the same thing? Okay, yes, it’s more attractive. And it’s nice to know that if I needed to, with the help of Eric and his concrete mixer, I too could put in a swimming pool, which this might be at some point depending on how hot the days become and how it takes for the creek to warm.

Oh, and here are a few photos of the kids. Beans, cucumbers, squash and peppers.


How does your garden grow?

  1. Love the idea of the prayer wheel. I don’t have a garden, but I am sure I could use one.

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