See My Mom's Garden Through the Lens of Olivia and White Bunny


If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero

My mom (Ms. Vong) loves to garden. She particularly likes to grow Asian vegetables. And she does it every year. Given I have Olivia and White Bunny on hand, I decided to take them with me and explore my mom’s garden. 

Here is what Olive and White Bunny have to say about Ms. Vong's garden in this short interview.

Olivia started the conversation.

It was a privilege to get invited to see Ms. Vong's garden. We heard it is a huge garden, so we started the tour early in the morning.

At the entrance of the garden, we saw many big rectangle gardens.

Why are there so many rectangle gardens? How do we know which one is her garden?

It turned out it is a shared garden among her neighbors. There is a one exceptionally bigger than the other. That must be it!

multiple gardens

multiple gardens

Ms. Vong and her fresh and zingy garden. 

Ms. Vong and her fresh and zingy garden. 

StandIng next to winter melon flower.

StandIng next to winter melon flower.

We also saw many honeybees collecting sweet nectar inside the melon flowers. The honeybees were so busy, for a while they forgot we even existed!

Did you spot a honeybee?

Did you spot a honeybee?

A huge round winter melon. It’s big as beach balls!

A huge round winter melon. It’s big as beach balls!

Biggest ever! An elong melon. 15 inches long and weight about 5-7 pounds and it is still growing!

Biggest ever! An elong melon. 15 inches long and weight about 5-7 pounds and it is still growing!

Look at me! I’m on top of the world!

Look at me! I’m on top of the world!

Besides melons what else does she grow? 

Cucumbers and some vegetables that we don't know the name yet. In a non-drought years, she grew more variety of vegetables.

Given California is going through a drought. How does she manage her garden?

Mrs. Vong shared a tip or two how she handled drought for her garden.

Early morning after she watered the plants, she then put cardboards around the fences to keep the soil moist. And where there are winter melons she hangs the cardboards to protect them from direct sunlight. 

She uses recycled water, such as water after washing rice, vegetables or fruits. Essentially, any recycled water that has no oil or chemical in it. She pours into the soil.

Don’t throw away those cut grasses! She uses dry leaves/cut grasses to cover the top layer of the soil and keep it moist.

What do you with orange skin or banana peel? She ground them up and use as a compost.

And that is how she protects her investments. And how it got so HUGE! 

Ms. Vong and Olivia. 

Ms. Vong and Olivia. 

What is Ms. Vong like as a person?

She's an adorable person. Cheerful, warm and welcoming. Very resourceful and frugal. And she loves to cook.  She also loves to share her harvest with families and friends.

How creative! She uses cooking pot to water her garden.

How creative! She uses cooking pot to water her garden.

We got some time left, so we then explore the rest of the gardens. Here are some colorful pictures. 

We live in a world full of color!

We live in a world full of color!

Both softies are handmade by matildebeldroega.

Both softies are handmade by matildebeldroega.

That's it from us. Hope you like our short interview session and learn a thing or two. Do you have any drought gardening tips?

With many thanks to my mom for sharing her hard working gardening secrets.