Saturday, May 30, 2009

new potatoes - field #1

Went to weed the beds and hopefully dig out some new potatoes to start feasting upon, but... no luck. I pulled up one large flowering plant only to reveal 5 quail egg- sized potatoes. Still to early unfortunately. They are doing well and flowering, the weeds of course are getting unmanagable. The rainy season hasn't started yet and already I'm starting to lose the weed battle. But the plants look good regardless of their surroundings. Compare to 2 weeks ago below!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

お茶 ocha-  green tea bushes

Our friend and neighbor, who is my gardening guru, pointed out a small green tea bush growing out of the wall in our yard. I was surprised to find out what it was. I've been hitting the poor thing with the weed cutter for years now, ohhhh noooo.
She handed me a big handful of the tender new leaves and instructed me to slow roast them in a frying pan. The aroma is beautiful. This morning we had it after breakfast, very nice. Much different than store bought of course, a little tangier, perhaps. Found one more, even scragglier bush, looks like 2 is all we have. Will look into transplanting or propogating them somehow. I know now is tea harvest time, but don't know how long our poor little bushes will produce for this year. I picked enough for one more potful. 2 pots per year? It's a start.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Green manures and weeds

Hairy vetch, chest high!

Here come the weeds, do do do do
here come the weeds, and I say
It's alright............

Crimson clover

Visited field #1 today to see the weeds coming on strong. And so it begins. Thinned out the corn seedlings and took stock. 75 out of 100 potato plants going strong. Corn too numerous to count, unfortunatley so are the weeds. Some beans coming up as well. Hoping for some rain tonight so as not to hand water this week.
The vetch and clover mix in the back is chest high in some places, but some weeds have gone to seed in there too, alas.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

corn and sunflower maze

Leveled the left side of field #2 by hand with the garden rake and "drilled" corn and sunflower seeds. Sunflowers around the border and corn within. I drilled it by walking with the garden rake and just punching 5cm holes every 30 cm. The girls followed and dropped a seed or two in each hole. I figure to cut the maze by hand once the vegetation is high enough, with luck. Also tightened all the through bolts on the house today, lots of fun, 2 hours in a crawlspace.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Corn maze, or monkey magnet

The end of the Golden Week holiday is finally here for me. Back to work tomorrow, dang. I'm totally hooked on working in field #2 now. I had a bad thought today though, thinking about the future corn maze. And sure enough, our friend stopped by today and told us she had 60 monkeys in her field, yard, and garage! Stealing veggies out of the garage, on the roof too. No damage done, but uh-oh. I think monkeys are kind of rare this far up the valley, only because there is so little food for them to pilfer. But the farther down the valley you go, the more it widens naturally and the fruit and veg is in abundance.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Field #2, planted 1 row peanuts, 1 row basil and parsley, 1 row mixed minitoms and reg toms overseed with rye, 1 row cukes, 2 rows corn, 1 row very heavily seeded with 4 kinds of lettuces, 1 row of last years potatoes.