The Blue Heart Conifer in the middle of the roof garden!
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!
2013 March 3rd
Worked for 4 hours with Ms. Kinoshita.
We noticed that some of the daffodils along the pool had flowered!
One big work was waiting for us: the silver hear conifer at the left end of the T-shaped tree raised bed on the far right.
We simply sawed the roots around the tree (actually entangled with those of another tree) and under to fit a large pot until the two us could somewhat lift together into the large pot we had placed on rolling tray by the raised bed.
We then lifted the pot down onto the middle of the garden and carefully filled the empty spaced with its original dirt we first sieved, Last we added some organic fertilizer and thoroughly watered it.
While we were at it we planted anther potted tree directly in the front left T-shaped tree raised bed, a fairly easy task as it had few long roots.
We had found that a lot of bulb plants (tulips?) had grown in the far right T-shaped raised bed and transferred some of the best onto the raised bed along the pool. We shall see what they are soon!
We sowed the soil on both sides of the rosemary trees with very tiny seeds of lavender.
Tiny lavender seeds!
As for the two front T-shaped trees raised beds we sowed both with crimson clover seeds.
The method was first to sieve some soil from the future vegetables raised beds over the spaces between the trees, sprinkle the whole area with seeds and sieve more soil enough to cover the seeds.
Finally we checked for dead trees and limbs along the rim garden and the back of the pool. At least two dead trees had to go.
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