Ten days when the temperature was over 30 degrees every day (we went 32 days over 30 in a row this summer, not even close to the record of 52 in Kofu.) 10 days with sudden evening downpours they call yudachi and I'm not sure what we call in English as we don't have them where I'm from in Australia. It's a summer phenomenon where it is hot and muggy all day and then around 4 or 5pm suddenly you get thunder and lightening and torrential rain for a very short time (anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes) then it's all over again. Back to hot and sticky and muggy.
Anyway, that weather seems to be the perfect growing weather for weeds.
I was really busy leading up to going to Australia and the weeds were ankle height. I was thinking to mow them again. (This year with the expanded garden we started just mowing the pathways rather than properly weeding them to save time.)
Didn't get around to it and came home to this:
In there is a whole row of lettuce and a bed of basil. And to the left are beans.
Only three days of heavy weeding later (I lost feeling in my fingertips from so much weeding!) and it was back under control but wow.
Lucky I only went for 10 days, huh?