Soil preparation in the trinagular vegetable raised beds finished!
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 17th
As every morning since I first planted the seeds for seedlings I checked the latter and watered them.
I spent most of the time finishing the soil preparation in the four triangular raised beds and covered them to let the soil ferment.
long containers for the green curtain.
I experimented with the placements of pots/planters/containers for future gardening including the long ones for the green curtain.
More pots by the blackberry tree.
Making use of many corners and nooks.
I turned the soil in the left-hand side T-shaped raised garden to make the future soil preparation easier.
I ran out of blue tarps so I used bubble vinyl sheets!
I found out that the silverberry and the blueberry trees are sprouting flowers earlier than thought.
This might turn into a scramble to help the pollination of the blueberry as I will be away from March 27th to April 2nd!
I will have to teach the staff!
2013 March 18th
I discovered the first seedlings pointing out in the seedlings pots: Cabbage Filderkraut.
I also discovered a third variety of daffodil flowering along the pool.
It took me the best of three hours to dig the tree roots (two vinyl bags of them!) out of the left-hand T-shaped vegetable raised bed and to clean the soil before leveling it.
More roots to get rid of!
2013 March 19th
Gold Zucchini, Sanck peas and cabbage Filderkraut!
More seedlings had come out this morning: Suyo Cucumber, Zucchini Gold Rush and Snack No 2 Peas in Pod!
The currant trees are starting growing their first leaves and branches shoots in the roof garden.
I sweated my way through the final soil preparation of the left hand side T-shaped vegetables raised bed including the sprinkling and mixing of organic lime and spreading 6 x 22 kg bags of organic vegetable soil.
Will be away for two days.
I’m looking forward to discover more seedlings!
On Sunday I’m planning to seed the right-hand side T-shaped vegetable raised bed into an intensive garden with 15 or more varieties of vegetables!
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