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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 04:12 AM
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by MK last modified May 29, 2011

Last summer I was at the beautiful Sim Van Der Ryn house and garden. Sim, one of our most treasured green building godfathers, is not only a remarkable and innovative architect, but also a nurturing gardener. He cut a stalk of his chard for me to plant in my own “garden” (ok, I use the [...]




 

 


Last summer I was at the beautiful Sim Van Der Ryn house and garden. Sim, one of our most treasured green building godfathers, is not only a remarkable and innovative architect, but also a nurturing gardener. He cut a stalk of his chard for me to plant in my own “garden” (ok, I use the term loosely here, as my garden only consists of whatever succulents that are hearty enough to care for themselves for years without watering). Although I left inspired and determined to begin an edible garden with its roots from Sim’s own tasty treats, I was leaving town the next day on a trip to europe. I barely managed to shove the chard stalk in a small dirty corner of our dying bamboo planter before packing and jumping in the taxi. It would have to wait for my return, and then I would make it up to the chard by giving it a new large area all its own filled with rich soil and compost nutrients.
That never happened. Anything living at our house (including the dogs and myself) is only thanks to Kevin taking care of all of us. But, to my amazement, I stepped out today to find that somehow, given no water, very little soil and zero love, the chard is thriving, has grown to be 3′ tall, has expanded on its own to create other plants, and I can make a full salad for 4 with its produce.
Much like Sim’s work and ideas, this is a wonderful example of perseverance and beauty.



 

 

 
 
 

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