Friday, May 18, 2018

Lake Chapala Society Medicinal Plant Garden Update - May 2018

It's been 7 months since we broke ground 
at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Medicinal Plant Garden.

Starting with a kidney shaped, escombro (construction waste) filled pool
in the month of October was not the optimal growing time/location/condition choice,
but Mother Nature is resourceful, forgiving and resilient.

Lemon Grass

 Acelga or Swiss Chard

 Aloe Vera

An experiment in growing conditions, volunteer involvement, herb and weed
identification and medicinal plant processing and use, 
we welcome "volunteer" plants into the mix.



As this is a community garden, we found several food plants in the garden, either
planted or donated by community members.



And Mother Nature added her own contributions.

 East Garden

The Garden is divided into a sun filled West section and a more shaded East section.
As you can see we have room for more plants, so please do feel free to contribute
to this worthy cause.


Mauricio, the Lead Gardener at the LCS is usually around to accept contributions.







See you in the Garden.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Trees Are People Too", A Presentation for The Lake Chapala Garden Club by Brad Mowers - May 16th, 2018

The Lake Chapala Garden Club (LCGC) has been a friend to our community for many years.

Aside from donating resources to needy projects and causes, they also highlight the area's prominent members at their monthly meetings.  The month of May of 2018 Brad Mowers was asked to present.  He decided to speak on the topic of trees, highlighting recent research on communication amongst trees and plants plus sharing resources between trees and fungi in mature forest ecosystems.

The title of his presentation was "Trees Are People Too".

Brad Mowers at The Nueva Posada

The LCGC meets in the pleasant main patio area of The Nueva Posada Hotel in Ajijic.  Today's meeting was filled to capacity as the members lunched in anticipation of Brad's speech.

Easel and poster at the ready Brad spoke casually and eloquently.  He expressed his passion for trees and explained the new findings. 

Brad's Poster

LCGC Members

The Many Faces of Brad

Brad spoke passionately about his relationship to trees.

He also shared reading material that supported his presentation.

"This was one of the most interesting presentations I've witnessed at the LCGC" was heard after Brad spoke.  "Brilliant...I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and learned so much!" "I wish we had had more time to hear him speak further."

From the member's comments I'd say his speech was a success.

Thank you Brad Mowers for sharing your passion and knowledge.

We'd like to thank Sandy Feldman, Judie Keck. Melanie Wolski  and Rosemary Grayson,
as well as the entire Lake Chapala Garden Club
for their professional coordination and continued support.

La Cuesta & San Pedro Itzican Project Updates - May 14th, 2018


Today was the 3rd Hair Styling Class in the La Cuesta, Brigadista's Home office.

We brought Maetro Rodrigo of Innovations Hair Salon in Ajijic with us.

We arrived to 20 women working on their model's hair.  Rodrigo jumped right in
and gave the women of the town instruction.

"Curls" was the theme of the day...and boy were there alot of curls!

Everyone got into the mix.

The child hair models were patient as can be.

Beautiful curls.

Then it was time to visit our home pilot gardens.  It had been a few weeks since our last visit
and we were anxious to see how the gardens fared due to the early May rains.

Seed Gifts

I also delivered the last of the seeds that our friend Chris Lindner had sent from Canada.
Anita was overjoyed with the new seeds.

Our first stop, the container garden at Xochitl's family home.

We found everything thriving.  Xochitl's mother had been harvesting 
the swiss chard, tomatoes and herbs.

Anitas told Xochitl's mom that the Moringa Tree and leaves were ready to harvest.

The Poblanos and Oregano had grown quickly.

Yerba Buena and Lemon Grass were also ready to harvest to make into aromatic teas.

Happy with Xochitl's garden we headed over to Jorge's family garden.


Here the garden had done well during the rains.  Everything seemed to have been
set to "fast grow" as the plants continued to thrive under the care of Jorge's family.

Grape Vine

The animals seemed happy with our visit.

We had learned of a need for medicinal plant remedies
made from the leaves of the Guanabana Tree and Artemisia plant.
Dona Olivia had both in her garden and we harvested the medicinal plants.

Artemisia and Guanabana

The Moringa Trees and the Poblanos were also ready to harvest.

The garden that I had waited patiently to see was Laura's family's garden.

Right after clearing the lot and preparing for planting of seed, the family had
experienced 2 great losses....a son and grandmother had passed within weeks
of each other and the family was in mourning.

As a result we had not seen the planted garden and now were visiting with anticipation.

To our great joy, the plants had sprung up as if overnight, happy and thriving.

The lot had been planted with Daikon radishes, Squash, and herbs.

All were doing beautifully!

Another surprise was the gift of a lovely, large squash from the garden.

We basked in the beauty of it all.

There are days when your heart overflows with beauty and joy.

This was one of those days.

The requests for new home gardens has increased quickly, and as a result
we are looking for appropriate space to start a large vivero/nursery to
fill the need.  We will start the new needed plants from seed for future huertos.

We'd like to thank all the people whose intent and resources have made this all possible.

To our dear friend Jan Clayton-Miller for her generous donation of time and vehicle.