April 16, 2013

Vegetable Gardening, Spring 2013/野菜作り、2013年春

First of all, my lunch today:
Leftover tempura batter, pan-fried that night, and kept in the fridge.
It turned into a tasty okonomiyaki in an instant.
I bought six bags of bark compost, one bag of chemical fertilizer, and one bag of organic lime.
I decided to plant the asparagus, fukinoto, and myoga roots in these spots.
Not the right places to plant them, though.

I will plant some sweet potato seedlings here.
I planted the shiso and other seeds in planter boxes, so I can move them to where I want them later.


Sissi said...

Excellent idea to use leftover tempura batter (I always have some and don't want to make the greasy small deep-fried bits so I have to throw it away).
I'm looking forward to seeing your plants growing (at distance!).

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: A stingy person like me is very unwilling to throw anything away (laugh)! I used two paper towels to absorb as much oil as I could from the pan-fried batter.

Fräulein Trude said...

Did you plant some specific asian asparagus as in small and very lean Thai asparagus? I am not quite sure wether to plant some in future. It takes over 2 years for a first harvest. You could plant some strawberries around the asparagus - they like each other and you still have some nice berry harvest until the first asparagus is ready.
Concerning stingy: I planned to built new raised beds for the leaf vegetables using a funky method: planting in gabion baskets. Now I found out each gabion may cost 50+ Euro. So not gonna happen. I will buy some wood and skrews and do it the old fashioned way.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: I have no idea. The label simply says, "Asparagus". I hear that it takes three years to get a harvest. I don't care because I'm doing this for fun.

Gabion baskets? Do you know of anyone who uses such a method? What are the advantages of it, besides the fact that it looks "funky"? (laugh)

Fräulein Trude said...

The main reasons why I would like to build raised beds with gabions:
1. They don't rott. The gabions have a long lasting lifecycle and keep the bed in shape for many years, you just have to refill with the layers of branches from pruning, manure, leaves, grass, compost, soil.

2. Plants can be planted in more dimensions: on top of the bed and at the sides too. For exampe you can put pumpkin or strawberry seedlings right in between the mashs of the sides of the gabion baskets and plant salad, spring onions, beans, cabbage, herbs and so on top.

And they provide the common good characteristics of a raised bed too:
- Better and healthy soil for the plants - you work with organic material only
- warm micro climate
- not so easy for rabbits to get some snacks
- weeding and harvesting is easy because raised beds are friendly to your back
- More harvest (up to 3 times) as in common beds, especially good for small gardens.
Here is an "how to" but it is in german - just look at the 12 pictures/steps (hope you got an ad bocker running)
Filling is:
Chopped tree branches from pruning, grass sods, half rotten manure, compost, garden soil.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Thanks for your detailed description and the link.
It should be a great way to grow vegegetables, and it's not costly except for the initial cost for gabions.

Raised beds remind me of square foot gardening. I once followed the method, but gave it up after a few years of trials. SFG sounds attractive, but didn't work for me as mentioned in the book (ALL NEW SQUARE FOOT GARDENING).