Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Monday, April 15, 2013


Last weekend I met up with an old Wonju Waeg hand for a few drinks and conversation.  This year he's really into planting a garden, and asked me if I planned to get one started up again.  I hadn't really thought about it much, but I was prompted to go walkabout Sunday afternoon in the fields surrounding the Wonj. The aroma of manure was ubiquitous, so I figured yeah since it is planting time, get out of the house and grow some stuff.

I used to maintain a plot near work, but have neglected to do so the last couple of years.  Until this year I have also helped with the plot at the girls' cooperative kindergarten.  We usually brought in quite a nice pile of cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, radish, and chili.  We used some of it for the kimjang every year.

One very cool thing about Korean cities is that nearly every empty space is used by someone to grow food.  It is true that in urban centers back home you do see private or communal gardens, but not to the extant that you see it done in Korea. 

This year I think I'll start up some corn, tomatoes, sunflowers, and potatoes. 

Time for coffee.

I wonder if Koreans in South Central have gardens.

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