Clearing and preparing the space for the green curtain and gardening experimant space!
I was recently asked by a good Japanese friend of mine to re-design her roof garden she had built some ten years in the view of creating a tree and flower space above her new apartment building.
The plan is to transform at least half of it into a vegetable and fruit tree garden.
I may not talk about the many reasons behind this project as this is part of a confidential venture, but I can at least describe my work as a journal.
I certainly hope to share views with like-minded souls in Japan and abroad!
February 20th, 2013
We worked for no less than 4 hours today!
We first checked the pots and wooden boards on the right in front of the garden where we are going to make a green curtain with peas, goya/bitter melon and cucumber to hide the unwelcome landscape beyond.
Most of the work consisted of breaking down the hedges we had pulled out last time and put them in plastic bags for disposal. We must have filled more than a dozen of 50 l. bags!
One of the potted trees to be re-planted in the left T-shaped tree raised garden.
We started moving trees in pots to different parts of the garden to clear up the space in front of the green curtain where we will conduct future experiments.
As it grows really big during the rainy season we shall leave the potted hydrngea/ajisai/ in that corner behind the pool to hide the watering mains.
We will leave this potted jeasmine tree by the pool.
The raspberry tree.
We shall re-plant the berry trees on Sunday, but I will have to buy some peat moss and organic fertilizer first.
The blueberry trees.
The blackcurrant tree will be planted by the wooden bridge. I’m thinking of binding it along the guard rail.
We agreed to add some herbs in containers in the herb garden and in front of the green curtain.
Some vegetables like leeks might to be planted in containers to placed between the raised beds.
RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ROOF GARDENING
Best New York Gardening Blogs
Battery Rooftop Garden Blog (UK)
Green Roof Growers (Chicago)
Mitsukoshi Roof Top Garden – Ginza by Tokyobling’s Blog
The Tattooed Gardener
Town and Country Gardening
My Botanical Garden by Tamara
My Food and Flowers
Vienna Roof Garden
Leaf and Twig
Ekostories by Jack Yuen
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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,
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