All over Gwangju there are mini gardens. They are in empty city lots, carved out of a hillside, or part of a jigsaw community garden. I have been so surprised how garden-active Koreans are. But, considering how crazy they are about their vegetables, it makes sense.
By the way, I am getting really spoiled on the WONDERFUL vegetables available in this country!
The basic vegetables grown in these gardens (as far as I can tell) are: spinach, lettuces (of all kinds), cabbage, green onions, carrots, and radishes.
The layout is as follows: Build up rows of dirt to allow the heavy rains to drain down and away from the roots. Small patches of vegetables jig-sawed with other vegetables. Crop rotation within the small plot. Compost and manure are great fertilizers.
There are also mini-orchards throughout the hillside and gardens. I’m not sure what type of trees these are.