The temperature today was 20 degrees Celsius and buds have started sprouting all over the place beckoning spring. The plants that I had grown before winter have woken up touched by sun in the mornings. All through winter these plants had very little sunlight; but they have made it through winter. Here’s what my veggie patch looked like last week.
Veggie patch with lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, peas, onions (covered with straw), Brassica napus and fava beans
The lettuce and Brassica napus form part of my morning breakfast. The Brasicca napus (thanks to seedlings given by my friend Utiyama-san) also called Norabouna here, have large leaves and makes a fine salad component. I also harvested broccoli and a cauliflower a few days ago cutting off a nice huge ball at the center. Needless to say, the harvested vegetables were delicious.
In a small adjacent patch, I had planted many small seedlings, covered them with a net and forgotten all about them throughout winter. Last week I removed the net and found that they had successfully negotiated the winter and were growing with gay abandon.
Salad patch – Ruccola, sunny lettuce, and shungiku
The Ruccola and sunny lettuce seedlings were again given by Utiyama-san. Ruccola leaves have a spicy tang and together with sunny lettuce, green lettuce and Brasicca napus, make up a delicious green salad for my morning breakfast everyday. These plants are easy to grow and hardly need any care. They are likely to become a permanent feature of my vegetable garden every year.
What else is on in my garden? Daffodils are coming up and so are the clover and Brassica rapa (nanohana).
Daffodils Clover and nanohana
I sowed the seeds of clover and nanohana in autumn last year dividing the patch in approximate half, the boundary in the shape of an “S”. I’m hoping a spectacular display of red clover and yellow nanohana around April/May this year.
Here are some closeups of the veggies:
And here are some plants I propagated from seed:
|Chikoo or Sapodilla||Grape fruit|
The Sapodilla is a popular fruit in India. I picked up a few seeds and planted them after arriving in Japan. I have no idea whether this plant will grow to bear fruits. I also saved grape fruit seeds after eating the fruit in Japan and planted them.
In the meanwhile, full-fledged preparations are on at another site. I have planned 4 square-foot beds (each with 4×8 = 32 squares) and hope to start with a lot more veggies and at least 8 hours of sunlight every day. This is a topic for the next post. Have a great day!
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