Archive for March, 2012


the move–from Japan to India

The title of the blog should be changed since I am now in India; but for a while I’ll continue to report on the status in Japan as well.

I made the move from Japan to India at the beginning of March because of family circumstances. The move essentially means a switch from square foot gardening to container gardening. Let me continue with where I had left off at my last post while in Japan.

Around the middle of January, I had harvested broccoli, coriander and while I was away to India, my neighbors reported that they had harvested and consumed the cabbages too.






New sturdy fencing

I had also torn down the old fence, got hold of sturdy bamboo, cut them to the right size and fixed new fencing increasing the growing area by two more plots.

At this juncture, I was devastated by the passing away of my beloved elder sister in India, and I took the decision to move to India to take care of my elderly mother. In the first week of March, I bid goodbye to my office garden, and to all my neighbors and friends in Japan, and set off for Bangalore, India.

It is now a switch from growing in a field to growing in containers! I have started a small garden in one of my balconies of my second story apartment.

Before I proceed to container gardening, I must mention that Bangalore in the southern part of India, is ideally suited to growing various flowers and vegetables and is often called the garden city of India. Here are a few scenes of a park near my house where I go early mornings to work out lightly and do some Yoga.


Path for walking/jogging bordered by old trees and numerous flowering bushes


The park has numerous trees with purple, pink and yellow flowers – one such tree bearing purple flowers which I presume is jacaranda


Tree with yellow flowers probably the laburnum near the children’s park located within the large park

My early morning workout in this park is invigorating and refreshes me every day.


I made a start by visiting a nursery close by and purchasing some flowering plants, pots, soil, compost and some fertilizer – could not find vermiculite, perlite – soil was red in color and very fine; I added some vermi-compost to it and tried to make it a little coarse. Repotted some of the flowering plants that were extremely cheap compared to Japan, but were grown in very poor soil and poorly maintained.


The start – Gardenia, Hibiscus and Curry Leaf plant in my balcony


Geranium and jasmine (mogra – the Belle of India)

I am a fanatic collector of sweet scented flowers and picked the jasmine the moment I saw it.

Repotted it and I look forward to lots of flowers.


Flower seeds from Japan

Although I have no idea whether seeds from Japan generally grown there in spring will give rise to seedlings or not, I planted four varieties of seeds – Periwinkle, Dragonsnap, Helichrysum and Globosa. Time will tell, I guess.


Four planted varieties


Moved the flowering plants immediately to the framework in the balcony to make full use of the abundant sunshine.

The hibiscus responded immediately by blooming immediately.

The gardenia plant below the soil had roots that had packed up so densely that it was like a rock. I had to pummel it with a hammer to loosen the soil and cut away most of the dead roots. I repotted the gardenia in new soil mixed with compost; can’ say the new soil is good but at least it should give a fresh lease of life to the poor Gardenia.

I should have pummeled the person looking after the Gardenia instead!



Plants moved to balcony framework




Hibiscus in bloom

I’m likely to add some margolds and grow some radish seeds in the near future. Until the next post, have a great day!


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