Summer’s over and autumn is here. Autumn marks cooler nights, leafy vegetables in gardens, mushrooms, persimmons and peanuts to me in Japan.
The summer vegetables are all gone – here is a snap of the last harvest of green peppers and bell peppers.
With a tinge of sadness, I took off the pepper plants – they were still going strong, but the temptation to plant the autumn veggies was too strong.
I started off first with Chinese cabbage. No chances this time; planted eight of them under a tunnel. Here is a photo I took when I partially removed the net for maintenance :
I expect a good crop of cabbages this time -free from pests.
In the adjacent spot, I prepared the soil for Shungiku the Japanese name for edible chrysanthemum. I grew them in pots first and transferred them to the patch in two rows at a distance of about 5 cm between plants and about 30 cm between rows.
They are quite small now, but should grow to about 20 cms in two weeks if everything goes well. The leaves can be plucked off when partially so that new leaves grow to take their place. Books say that these are hardy plants and are not attacked by insects; since this is my first time to grow Shungiku, let’s see how it goes.
I prepared the soil with limestone to reduce acidity a week before planting these. On the day of transfer from pots to the ground, I mixed the soil thoroughly with compost and also an adequate amount of fertilizer, leveled the ground and then planted them.
Next to the Shungiku, I made room for planting radish seeds. It appears that radish can be grown within 30 days and this was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss! I planted two rows of seeds with the same spacing as the Shungiku. I have room for one more row in the patch and am contemplating whether to grow cabbage, broccoli or some other vegetable!
Next to the wall, I have planted lettuce in two rows and a row of mini cauliflowers with black protective sheet.
I intend to cover these two types of plants with the protective net to keep out pests. I’m not very sure whether the cauliflower does require the black protective sheet or not, but since it would keep out the weeds, I thought there would be no harm in using it.
Between the lettuce and cauliflower, I have sowed two rows of spinach – I hope to see the shoots of young plants in three to four days.
I was delighted to find “Hototogisu” (probably “toad lily) starting to bloom in my garden. This is a delightful looking flower and I enjoy looking at it. Here you are:
The Japanese anemone (shuumeigiku) are also in full bloom, the pink flowers lighting up the environment.
And that’s it from my garden in Kisarazu City, Japan this week. Have a great day!