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 April 30th
Carrots peeking out!
Heavy rains and strong gales predicted today before a long period of warm and dry weather.
The salads will soon have to be controlled in the intensive garden to leave breathing space for some late vegetables.
Golden Zucchini and Suyo cucumber before potting up.
Potted up the new batch of golden zucchini and Suyo cucumbers seedlings.
2013 May 1st
Finally said good-bye to the old lemon tree, of the Issun/一寸 Japanese variety with a healthy young common lemon tree.
The old tree had been moved from the rim garden into a large pot with little regards for its roots and was not given any fertilizer and little water. The more for the pity because it was a big well-shaped specimen.
Continued thinning/clarifying the various containers.
2013 May 2nd
Tomatoes ready to be transplanted!
Spent quite some time potting up seedlings and thinning/clarifying the containers.
Transplanted the first tomato seedlings in the front right-hand side triangular raised vegetable garden.
Instead of one seedling per support I transplanted 3 to each as I want to eliminate as many leaves and branches to the benefit of fruit.
オレンジチャロル/Orange Charolu Mini Tomato
ホワイトチェリートマト/White Cherry Tomato
千香ミニトマト/Chika Mini Tomato
グリーンゼブラトマト/Green Zebra Tomato
イエローアイコトマト/Yellow Aiko Tomato
ブラックチェリートマト/Black Cherry Tomato
Will have to wait as they are not all ready yet.
I noticed more butterflies appearing in the garden. Beautiful they may be but their caterpillars are a real danger!
2013 May 3rd
I prepared the back left-hand side triangular raised vegetable bed for the paprika, peppers and okra soon to be transplanted there.
The blackberry is producing more and more flowers and some are already starting fruiting.
I received a new batch of organic seeds from Tane no Mori Co in Saitama Prefecture in preparation for the fall and winter in particular and some late additions for the spring and summer:
かぶ パールプルトップホワイトグローブ/Purple Top White Globe Turnips
フレンチブレックファスト ラディッシュ/French Breakfast Radish
ソラ ラディッシュ/Sora Radish
レッドロシャン ケール/Red Russian Kale
ズッキーニ ロンドデニース/Zucchini Ronde de Nice
赤ねぎ/Deep Purple Spring Onion
コールラビ アズールスタール/Kohlrabi Azure Star
コールラビ スーパーシュメルッツ/Kohlrabi Superschmelz
2013 May 4th
The blueberries are fruiting very early!
The blueberries are already fruiting.
Some fruit on the silverberry tree are turning red.
I had to keep the Danksia Roses in check as they can grow up to 15 meters!
Spent a long time thinning/clarifying the carrots in the back right-hand side triangular raised vegetable bed.
The intensive garden is more and more looking like a lettuce bed, but the backup baby leaves are growing fast inside their containers.
2013 May 5th
The first flower buds are appearing on the gold zucchini in their containers.
I planted loads of radishes around the corn to create a tasty motif!
I tasted the red fruit of the silverberry tree but they are still too tart/tangy!
Still keeping trimming the Danksia roses!
2013 May 6th
I took the risk to transplant some of the paprika seedlings in the far left hand side triangular raised vegetable bed in spite of the strong wind.
They were really suffering so I partially sheltered them from the wind behind planks.
I wonder what I will find back from my three-day holiday!
I found the first real blackberry fruiting!
I also noticed at least two kinds of bees hovering over the flowers! The best news of the day!
As they growing quick I sowed some more radish seeds here and there.
Will continue to do so until winter!
MEANWHILE, ON THE HOME FRONT………..
From 2013 April 30th~
Garden jumble on our apartment balcony!
Japanese apartments are small, and balconies even smaller, although we are well above average as far as apartment size is concerned!
First seeds sown.
Sowed mini radishes, golden radishes and lucolla on April 30th.
The first shoots appeared on May 2nd.
Took first photographs of shoots peeking through on May 3rd.
Will have to thin/clarify the radishes soon!
RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ROOF GARDENING
Containerized: My Garden Blog
Gardens by Mike Palmer (Dorchester, England)
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
My Food And Flowers
Photography Art Plus
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