Neither butterflies nor bees
The Kissena Corridor Park is right across from my school, East-West School of International Studies. There is a playground, a track field, a section for exercising, a basketball court, a set of tables, and a handball court. For gym, we go to the park sometimes for activities such as running and exercising but only if the weather is nice. The playground to the far right of the park has swing sets and a play area for children. Also, the Korean Gardens are right next to the park. You may be wondering why we are gardening. There are organic foods grown in the garden and a woman named Ann Cooper said, "I put salad bars in all of our schools when I got there. Everyone says it couldn't be done -- little kids couldn't eat off the salad bar, big kids would spit in it -- neither happened." I was wondering on where the lettuce and other vegetables in the salad bar came from and I thought it was from the garden. I started thinking about this because she mentioned salad bars.
I've been writing about Jerry's garden, which is in the middle, south of the entrance. In Jerry's plot, I saw a lot of dead plants, roots, and branches. At first, it wasn't good looking plot because everything looked dead and dying. There were thin wooden poles coming up from the ground on the right side of the garden. There was an awkward tree that made an arc on the far left side. In the middle, there was broccoli growing. I knew it was broccoli because next to the plants was a small sign that said "broccoli." To the right of the broccoli was what looked like empty soil.
On another day, I noticed a pile of bricks in the area where there was empty soil. I haven't met the owner of the plot, but I think he was there. Besides the bricks, there was nothing new to the garden. I noticed that the awkward tree in the garden had some leaves growing. Mr. Allison explained to me before that the awkward tree was a grape vine. Also, there would be corn growing from the empty soil area. To the left of the broccoli would be potatoes.
A week later, I noticed that there were new flowers on the borders of the garden. Once again, I mised the person who gardens in this plot. The awkward tree on the side has grown more leaves. The tree looks as if it is watching over the plot and it stands like a gate. It is also the thing that stands out the most. There are some green trees that I hadn't noticed before and next to it are the same wooden poles. But, some of the poles are missing. Also, I think this mystery person named, "Jerry" has been here because the bricks from last time were moved to the back of the plot. There is a lot of litter in the soil. I kind of feel bad for the garden because it has such a bad owner. The garden looks more dead than alive to me. There should be more greens than brown. The dry, crusty soil isn't pleasing to look at. Also, a wave of manure stench washes over the garden sometimes, making it even more unpleasant. But, I seem to notice new things every time I glance at the plot. I noticed there was a short, wooden wall that separated this plot from the one across from it.
Next to the newly noticed plants and flowers, are green stalks with buds at the tip. It is a weird looking plant that stands tall and seems like it has been in the plot for a long time. I'm not sure what it is but it looks strange and the buds are odd. In the buds, there are thinner stalks coiled inside, waiting to burst out.
The plot looks like it needs more water. The soil is dry even though it rained a few hours ago. The plastic and litter is still on the soil and it looks really dirty. Also, I wish I could see more living things than broccoli and the awkward tree. There are plots around my plot that are full of life, making my plot look more dry and dirty. Not even the butterflies stop to check out the scene of the plot. Nor do the bees stop to collect pollen. That's probably because there aren't many flowers to get pollen from. It's kind of sad really.
Mr. Allison told me this was Jerry's plot, but who is Jerry? I haven't met him once so I can't really do a biography of him. I don't know anything about him like how he looks, how tall he is, or how old he is. All I know is that he doesn't do much to the garden.