2011年7月20日水曜日

garden update 20 July

The typhoon lashed us with rain but no wind to speak of and no damage (yeah!) The work/ life balance thing is floundering a bit at the moment and gardening has hit the backburner so it's not really a surprise that taking pictures of the garden and blogging about it are so far off the front burner they have fallen off the stove altogether but here's to a new start and I need to take pictures and record it so I can compare next year!


The cucumber arches. We didn't take these down and move them from last year (naughty naughty, planting the same thing in the same place is asking for disease and it means we didn't add anything to the soil either) but we did plant on the outside of the trellis not the inside and to be honest we get so many cucumbers we are not really trying for optimum performance there! The cucumbers are companion planted with marigolds to keep bugs down and we let the self sown shiso live too. There are two bitter gourd (niga-uri/ goya) plants at the far end but you can't see them. No choko this year as the one we sprouted ended up rotting. It was such a hassle and long eked out process I know why they sell them for 500 yen a pop! Oh well, try again next year! The weeds down the middle? I prefer to think of it as lawn thanks.


Got green onions? Yup. Quite a crop this year. Behind that is the sweet potatoes (three varieties) and the pumpkins (four varieties) and some myoga (Japanese ginger), Jerusalem artichokes and burdock that are wild. Oh and the frame of that green house we have been going to build for two years and counting...


From the left a tip of the ground cover tomatoes, the zucchini, soy beans, snake beans, corn (two varieties) and it's not in the garden but you get a peak at the deck coming off our bedroom there, too.

The regular tomatoes. We have red, yellow and black mini tomatoes and red medium tomatoes. We aren't growing large tomatoes as we have the ground cover ones. We aren't growing roma as they were really mealy and flavourless last time. We haven't covered the tomatoes this year as we are experimenting. So far so good. Some have split from the rain, none have rotted though and while they are a couple of days behind the neighbour's covered ones we are without the stress of constantly tweaking the cover to allow for tomato growth and counteract wind and rain so we think we've come out ahead on this one so far- touch wood!

The fennel, eggplants (four varieties) okra, lettuce (four varieties) basil, coriander and parsley and yes, more weeds lawn!

There's also beetroots, pickling onions, carrots and some more cucumbers but they missed the casting call today. Next time!


1 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

We didn't get any damage from the typhoon here at all either. We got some medium type winds and bits of rain here and there. But even that, didn't last all day yesterday. By 1-2pm it lost it's steam or moved elsewhere. : )

You're garden always looks so lovely and delicious as well. Just makes me think I should go over there, with empty bowl and some dressing and croutons and have a walk through your garden. : ) Sorry, it's just everything looks so darned good! : )