Thursday, January 14, 2010


Farming is simply a way of life in this part of the world. Outside of the main cities, the villagers are primarily subsistence farmers - especially in Laos - where they grow what they eat. No farming = no food. The gardens, however humble, are stunning and lush. If only my garden were so lovely!

Elevated herb gardens are situated outside of nearly every household. They are placed on stilts and covered with netting to keep the village animals and birds from "sharing."

During this time of year - the Dry Season, when the waters of the rivers are low - the villagers plant hearty crops like peanuts and sweet potatoes in the fertile, sandy banks. When the rains come and the waters rise during the Monsoon Season, the gardens are washed away.

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