Now that I have two gardens, I have decided to call them Office Garden (the plot that comes with my workspace) and Home Garden (the plot at my residence). I have made fairly good progress with the Office Garden. Let the photos speak for themselves. (Drat! The date stamp on my digital camera has a mind of its own!)
Overall view of the four beds
After allowing the compost to thoroughly soak into the soil for a week, I planted various seedlings and seeds in the four beds. Here’s a sketch of my planting calendar for 2010 with each color representing one kind of vegetable :
Planting calendar for 2010
Of the seeds I planted, potatoes, radishes, beans, spinach, carrots ruccola, and nastartium have already sprouted. Tomatoes are yet to sprout. The weather has been cold and warm unexpectedly.
I also erected nets surrounding all four plots to protect the young saplings from the strong spring winds, and also to deter animals such as cats, rabbits and the like. I still need to install a gate to shut out animals. The bamboo supports should be strong enough to withstand the wind.
Wind-proofing and animal-proofing nets all around
Another view of the nets
Saito-san, a good friend and neighbor at my office site, presented me with two large but old wisteria trees. We labored hard and long for a day to transplant them to my office space. He also presented me with two smaller wisteria trees that I planted in my home garden.
Wisteria trees transplanted to my Office Garden
Although the trees look bare, buds have already started sprouting. I intend to build a framework of bamboo to support the branches so that the wisteria flowers can hang down just above seats made of tree stumps. You can see a few stumps in the photos above. I planted these trees so that the growing branches face each other and hope to lead them toward each other by rope/wire or other means. It has always been a dream of mine to have wisterias – thank you, Saito-san!
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