Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ume and snow

The ume (plum) are blooming
We get snow at the beginning of April every year like clockwork

marshmallows, first time of the year


Solar powered yard lights

Monday, March 15, 2010

garden gates

The gardens are now hopefully secure with gates all finished.

The first set of tires all planted up with swiss chard and beans. Can probably get at least 10 more tires in here.

So far there are potatoes, green onion, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, wildflowers and clover. Saving room for the warm season staples of tomato, cucumber, eggplant, and peppers.

I'm thinking of squeezing in 5 wooden raised beds on the wall. There'll be some kind of weed proof sheet topped with a tatami mat, to suppress sasa bamboo grass. Then framed with cheap wooden boards and filled with bagged soil.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The sun is actually almost shining for the first time in 14 days without so much as a glimpse of blue sky. Reason enough to celebrate for me.

On a sad note however, we lost our new drake to a predator in broad daylight. I was out shopping for fence for them at the time, figures.

We've had some of the wettest, heaviest snow I've ever seen. Trees are bent everywhere. My new garden net fence collapsed twice due to the weight. It was literally like slush falling from the sky.

The location of the new forest tire garden.

This area is partially shaded, getting maybe 4 hours of indirect light per day.

It should be ok for greens, but I will try some fruiting veg as well. Still have to finish the gate and add more tires,soil.