My Japanese friends love cherry blossoms that come up on us suddenly in a burst of pink and white and disappear as suddenly as they came, to make their appearance the next year. Here is a scene from a small park on top of a hill near my house – check the pink and white in flowers in the background too. They are all over the town and last for less than a week.
Cherry blossoms – here today, gone tomorrow!
The green peas in my planter gave me immense pleasure. The peas were delicious and I made it a point to eat them raw at breakfast. Next year, I’m going to have several planters full of green pea plants!
Green peas in planter Harvested for breakfast!
This week, we had a bit of rain and then bright sunshine. This seems to have worked wonders – I found significant growth in all the plants the next day. Here is what my square-foot garden looks like today (you should be able to see a large photo if you click on it):
My veggie patch today
I have already harvested Potherb Mustard (Mizuna), which is great for salads. See photo below (left) of Mizuna. The photo on the right is the status of one of my flower beds.
My sprout project seems to be on course. The radish sprouts have come out well, and I have removed the covering on the plastic containers. The alfalfa sprouts seem however, to have stopped growth. Maybe time to eat ’em? Let me know what you think after seeing the photo below.
Incidentally, I visited my friend, Utiyama-san last week and was astounded at the varieties of plants he has in his garden. In addition to space around the house, he has a large plot on which he grows various vegetables. His plot must be at least 10 times the size of my patch! His wife was kind enough to give me the Japanese kerria (yamabuki), which I promptly planted in my garden and also cuttings. Here are the Utiyamas and their garden:
The Utiyamas – friends and avid gardeners from whom I’m learning a lot about Japanese flowers and vegetables
Here is their large plot in which they grow various kinds of vegetables including onions, beans, corn, ginger and so on.
See these Japanese kerria in all its glory here. Thanks, Utiyama-san.
I also spotted the the first bloom of the Gymnaster savatieri (miyako wasure), a kind of Aster in my garden.
I planted some flower seeds that I had brought over from India last February, and am happy to report that the seedlings have sprouted. The seeds I planted were Aster, Balsam and Marigold. Aster seems to have sprung up profusely, while had success with only four of the marigold seeds.
Aster, Balsam and Marigold seedlings
Finally, I moved two of my curry leaf cuttings into the open and have taken off the plastic covers on the pots. I intend to experiment by spraying these two pots with a fine mist of water everyday. Still keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that the curry leaf plants will make it up to summer in July!
Three of the surviving curry leaf cuttings out in the open!
Finally, here is an early morning view of my square-foot veggie patch.
Early morning view of my patch
The tomato and cucumber plants are just below the net on the left side.
Have a great day!
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