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By Alexa Ortuoste

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To Kuya Dax, Ate Gail, Ate Ayn, and Nyo

And also to Dominic with love.

A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.

– Gertrude Jekyll

There was a time when Carl Valles wished their hundred square feet backyard had a small pool or a half court. He would have loved to swim or play basketball there. But his mother built vegetable beds where she grew lettuce, chives, cherry tomatoes, carrots, basil, snow peas and leafy greens.

Carl just turned twelve, and he was old enough to understand how hard she worked in planting and selling the produce. He wanted nothing more than to help her even if it meant spending most of his time at home after school. So every Sunday when people flocked to the farmer’s market, Carl helped his mother at their stall to sell the vegetables they picked in the backyard.

Ever since Mr. Tan, the school principal, announced the date of the annual yard sale fundraiser, the students had been busy preparing for goods and food to display that weekend. Carl was more than happy to bring something from their garden. He did not plan to sell leafy vegetables, or any plant that spoil quickly.

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