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 15th
I noticed the daffodils really growing big and some small and cute flowers and there!
First seedlings session!
Did everything in Room 206 which was given to me for that sole purpose or any experiments I might feel like doing!
Great place to work in!
The passion fruit seedlings are doing well!
Seedling pots on the sill!
I proceeded with 4 seedlings for 14 varieties of vegetables.
I used dark plastic small-sized seedlings pots
Organizing the seeds order
I used a seedling soil mix from a dependable producer.
I added plenty of moisture to the soil mix first.
I made sure to mark the pots to avoid any confusion!
I filled the pots up to half with some soil first.
I made a point to use at least three seeds per pot except for large seeds.
Big colorful seeds!
As for paprika I prepared eight seedlings as they come as a mix of colors.
I laid some soil on top of the seeds and sprayed water over them before covering them with some seedling transparent cover and laying each tray on the window sill for maximum sun exposure.
Puszta Gold Pepper
Yellow Aiko Tomato
Chiharu Mini Tomato
Orange Charolu Mini Tomato
Black Cherry Tomato
White Cherry Tomato
Green Zebra Tomato
Japanese Pickling Eggplant
Zucchini Gold Rush
Snack No 2 Peas in Pod
I did some more cleaning of the raised beds to take out the last roots away.
I also planted 8 pots in the “herb square” with the following herbs:
Organic vegetable soil
The organic lime and vegetable soil came in the afternoon just in time to prepare the soil of the right hand side T-shaped vegetable raised bed.
It was real hard work for me and Ms. Kinoshita carrying the 22kg bags one by one onto the roof!
I first mixed the lime with the original soil as the latter is good enough and topped the whole with plenty of vegetable soil.
Lime mixed in the original soil.
The new vegatable raised bed!
We finally covered the raised bed after some watering with tarp to allow the soil to ferment.
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The Tattooed Gardener
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My Botanical Garden by Tamara
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Leaf and Twig
Ekostories by Jack Yuen
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