Roots, greens, gourds, citruses…

Hello everyone… yours truly had been doing quite well and enjoying gardening as usual… Here are a few pictures showing some of the harvests that we have had over the past months…

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Carrots had done pretty well… at times, we had to ‘catch up’ with the harvests as we love eating them fresh… still, with so much, my sweeto-haato had to preserve quite a bit of them in vinegar…

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Pumpkins almost always do well… I think this time, we harvested almost 60 of these specimens… this type is very resistant to pests, and they are so easy to grow.. plus, they taste super good…

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The greens did not do as well as I had planned them to be… sometimes, you cannot just beat the insect-pests… still, we had quite a harvest, and they tasted very good too…

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Radishes… hmm, not too good either… in fact, rather miserable… looking forward to next season to try again….

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For the first time, our lemon tree gave us about 12 fruits this year… I think this is a practice session for the tree, and I hope it will give us more fruits next year…

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‘Pomkan’, a type of Mandarin orange, gave us a bumper harvest this year… over 120 fruits… they are so succulent and fragrant…

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Limes galore… we had soooo much that I had to share with our neighbors and my work colleagues… too much for me to count… they have a very refreshing flavor, and one of our neighbors was so delighted that he immediately rewarded us with his home-made soba noodles…

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And yes, navel oranges… compared to last year’s bonanza, we had only about 80 this time… I really love the sweetness of this fruit… so juicy, so full-bodied…

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Autumn 2017 delights…

Autumn is without doubt, my favorite season of the year…
The temperature is cool, the air… dry and comfortable…
Plus, it is a wonderful time for gardening…

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On top of all these, it is also the season of my favorite fruit in Japan…
The persimmons, known as ‘kaki’ in Japanese…
When we acquired this property, I foolishly chopped off a large chunk of the persimmon tree that was growing on the slopes…
Reason was, it was the ‘astringent’ type, as opposed to the ‘sweet’ type…

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Since then, I had learned that there are a few ways to treat the astringent fruit, so as to sweeten them for eating…
I regretted the chopping act, and the tree punished me by making me wait for about 8 years before it decided to fruit again…
This season, we were rewarded with more than 30 fruits…
I hugged the tree and said ‘please forgive me for my sin’…

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There is this thing with red, red peppers that attract me…
Somehow, I just enjoy photographing them very much…
The peppers have adapted well to our potager, and they self-seed the following season…
Which is a wonderful thing…

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I am really not so sure what gourd this is…
I got the seeds from a seed company in Chiang Mai…
The name and instructions were all in Thai language…
Asked a few Thai friends, but they didn’t know either…
Anyway, the flesh tasted like winter pumpkin…

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The Japanese folks call this ‘higanbana’…
In English, ‘cluster amaryllis’? Hmmm…
In any case, isn’t this flower adorable?
To me, it is one of the representative flowers of the autumn season…

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A neighbor had given to me the ‘rhizome’ (?) of this plant ages ago…
It must have been about 10 years ago, I think…
Finally, the plants decided to bestow us with this lovely specimen… woohoo…

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Potager Y, mid summer 2017

Woohoo… some (delayed) updates of the potager…

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This pic was actually from early spring (hence the attire), with yours truly feeling happy with the tomatoes…

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Yes, the tomatoes did quite well, and we made tomato chutney out of the green ones, and shared some of them with our neighbors…

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The potager was looking pretty and neat…

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The chard seedling started off well…

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The companions, lettuce and onions, got along very nicely…

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So did the Komatsu-na…

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The purple Malabar spinach is as always, looking somewhat photogenic…

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Carrots were okay… not too bad…

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But the cauliflowers were a bit miserable and smallish…

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The ‘Pom-kan’ orange tasted very nice, and we look forward to seeing a bigger harvest next time…

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The snap peas, did marvelously well, and gave us lots to eat over a few months…

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The fava beans did equally well, and luckily, the crows did not come for them…

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And finally, the Sakura cherries were lovely to look at and to eat…
Again, we were very happy to harvest them before the little birds came…

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Ten years of Potager Y @ Japan

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We acquired this piece of land in 2007…
It was wild… and I was equipped with just simple garden tools…
Took me months, but I managed to manually clear up the land and carved up the lots…
(See here and here for an account and some pictures of the early days of Potager Y…)
Now, ten years into playing with the earthworms, I finally muster enough ‘courage’ to put up a (hand-written) sign board for the garden…

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Grew four broccoli plants last autumn…
All four performed very well…
Next season, definitely going to grow them again…

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The Japanese folks call this vegetable ‘Naba-na’…
My translation: ‘Vegetable flower’…
This veggie is a new experiment for the potager…
The part that is eaten is the flower bud section…
We pick and pick, and the plants produce and produce…
Lovely veggie… shall be growing them next season too…

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My ‘sweeto-haato’ first bought this pumpkin from the local farmer’s market years ago…
I liked the taste of it, and kept the seeds…
Am not so sure of the name, but we call them ‘peanut kabocha’ (‘kabocha’ = pumpkin)…
The beauty of this pumpkin is in its ease to grow…
The popular type of pumpkin in Japan is the ‘Ebisu’ pumpkin…
But I find their young leaves are prone to attacks by those little-little yellow bugs…
Not so the peanut kabocha, whose leaves have more spiky hairs (to ward off those bugs?)…
This season, we managed to harvest about 15 of these lovely pumpkins…

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Peeled and boiled the peanuts harvested from the potager…
Home-grown peanuts are really something to relish over…

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This is called the ‘Dai-dai’ orange in Japanese parlance…
Its forte is its acidity, rather thick skin, and firm flesh…
Which makes is a fine candidate for making marmalade…
This plant is for my sweeto-haato…
She is quite fond of making those lovely marmalade with this orange…

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And finally, a picture of our white ume flowers…
We over-trimmed the plant last autumn, so there will not be too many plums for us to enjoy…

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2016 season had been good…

The year 2016 had been a good year for Potager Y…
First and foremost, the wild boars did not get to do much damage to the plots and plants…
And, many plants and vegetables grew and produced very well…

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The produce that gave me the most happiness was the navel orange…
This year was just crazy…
There were soooo many fruits dangling from the tree…

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In my previous post, I blogged about the split oranges…
At the final count, the number of split navel oranges went over 100…
Still, we could harvest over 50 of them…
Each of these fruits weighed about 300 to 400 grams…
There was no way we could consume all of them…
Decided to give to our neighbors and work-mates…

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The sweet basil grew fabulously throughout the summer, right up to early winter…
We enjoyed their fresh leaves every morning with our pizza toast…

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The peanuts also did very well…
The raccoons did not come for them this year… nice!
I have harvested them some time ago, and drying them in the shade…

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For many seasons, I had been struggling with how to grow the bell peppers…
Think I finally got the hang of it…
This year, I had only one plant, and it is still giving us loads of fruits…

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This autumn, decided to ‘clean’ up the potager…
Collected some bamboo from the nearby forest to make the boundaries for the plots…
Had been using recycled wood for the boundaries but they rotted fast…
Hope the bamboo can last at least three or four seasons…
They look neat and pretty, don’t you think?

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The chayote is the other produce that gave me lots of pleasure…
Tried growing this climber for the first time this year…
And woah… the fruits keep coming and coming…
They are pretty big, and each weigh about 400 to 500 grams…
They taste somewhat like cucumber… crunchy and delicious…
Like the oranges, I had to give away so many to our neighbors and my work colleagues…
And almost all of them were very pleased because this vegetable is not commonly sold in the stores…

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