The seeds from Tane No Mori Co. in their retro packing!
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 21st, 2013
We received the seeds from Tane no Mori Co. via slow mail!
They even included a pack of Asparagus Argenteuil as a complimentary present!
February 22nd, 2013
I visited Jumbo Encho Store to buy 2 different seeds of bitter gourd:
あばしゴーヤ/Abashi Goya/Abashi Bitter Gourd
純白いゴーヤ/Jyun Shiro Goya/White Bitter Gourd
I also bought and asked to be delivered:
Blueberry tree soil (organic): 15 liters
Herb soil (Organic): 20 liters
Organic fertilizer (油かす/aburakasu/recycled oil cake): 5 kilogs
February 23rd, 2013
The black currant seedling.
Quite still rare in Japan!
Flora 45 Flower shop called me to pick up two passion fruit tree seedlings and one blackcurrant seedling!
The passion fruit seedlings!
They will be raised in containers. We needed two for better pollination!
February 24th, 2013
From left to right:
Organic herb soil.
Organic blueberry soil.
We spread herb soil for the lavender on both sides of each rosemary bush in herb square.
We re-planted all the berry trees except the blackberry bush.
The currant trees!
Due to too many tree roots and too much shade we decided to re-plant the three currant trees in the corner of the left-hand side front T-shaped tree raised bed.
The three blueberry trees!
We re-planted the three blueberry trees and one raspberry tree in the right forefront T-shaped tree raised bed.
The raspberry tree!
As for the re-planting method we first dug a hole larger and deeper than each berry tree pot. We then mixed the extracted soil, which is quite good, with organic blueberry soil (about 1 blueberry soil for 4 original soil ratio). We laid some at the bottom of each hole and filled up the space around the roots of the berry trees, making sure that no air pockets were left. We then sprayed some organic fertilizer around the rim of the hole and watered the lot thoroughly. We let the blueberry trees as they were as they are very solid. We also let the currant trees as they were as they are short. On the other hand we propped the raspberry tree with two long thin poles.
We plan to seed the lavender on both sides of the of the rosemary bushes in the herb garden next week.
We also will seed the rim tree garden and T-shaped tree raised beds with crimson clover to naturally help the soil which looked a bit poor to me with all those roots.
We left the passion fruit seedlings inside the “seedling room” on the second floor on the window sill for maximum sun exposure.
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