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On a bank by 8K vegetable garden I found a red spider lily, which is called “Higan flower” in Japan. “Higan” refers to a short term of season. In this particular season, we Japanese go to cemetery and pray for the deceased. So for us “Higan flower” is one of the most symbolic flowers in autumn.

 

Sweaty season is over. It’s time to break ground.

 

First thing is to collect top soil of the bamboo forest in order to catch fungal filaments with it.

 

Then I went back to the garden and turned the soil over. Head East, tail West. Not too deep. Just a little bit. Gently and shallowly not to cut off the roots in the soil.

 

Then I put bamboo soil and fungal filaments together on top like so. If things go nice, those fungal filaments would live with the roots. Eventually.

 

And then again I covered top to protect topsoil from drying.

 

I repeated this for several times. Kind of back-breaking job I’ll never experience in the city. But I like it. And I go slowly. Peace.

 

There is a variety of mushrooms on the ground of bamboo forest. So I pictured some of them.

 

Mushroom A.

 

Mushroom B.

 

Mushroom C.

 

Mushroom D.

 

This might be kind of a slime molds colony. They are living on the surface of a rock. Could be something I’ve read on a Japanese manga called “Nausicaä of wind valley.”
These mushrooms on topsoil showed me the fertility of this bamboo forest. And I’d love to utilize it at my garden just 10 meters away.

 

In the morning after a rainy day, I found a nice little stream at the entrance of 8K vegetable garden.

 

After a three day work grass cutting seems to be done…roughly.

 

Then I went up to the bamboo forest to see what it’s got.

 

I love this little moment. Because the wind blowing through a bamboo forest is totally different from others.

 

O.K. Let’s take a look down upon the soil.

 

Yes. Mushroom! This is what I expected.

 

Underneath the fallen leaves. You can see white stuffs look like spider web. They are fungal filaments. For me and 8K garden, this is the key to open up the mysterious gate of carbon farming.

 

Early in the morning I went back to 8K vegetable garden to resume wiping the grass out. This is the entrance of the garden.

 

First thing to do is making a fire. 100s of 1000s mosquitoes are here in the garden. They are so wild and tough to kill. I continuously burn a fire to smoke those mozzies away.

 

Fallen windmill palm is one of typical obstacles in 8K vegetable garden.

 

So I burn them without hesitation.

 

Today my aunt visited me to help. She is kinda mentor. She knows a lot about plants and nature.

 

Having a break. I love fruits so much. And I love water, too.

 

Eventually I wiped out some more grass.

 

 They are beautifully minced into tiny little pieces.

 


One-half left to go.

 

I’d spent my childhood at this place. It got plenty of plants, mushrooms, woods ,bamboos, insects and small animals like raccoon dogs. And I decided to construct a no-dig vegetable garden around here.

 

At first, I spread some salt and nihon-shu (sake) upon the soil in order to make the land nice and pure expecting a big prize in the future. This is a traditional Japanese way to purify something mentally. We do something like this mainly before we begin to build something new.

 

Look around. Nothing but a real jungle.

 

My brand new MAKITA MEM427 grass cutter, which is powered by a 6 stroke gasoline engine. Really powerful and reliable partner.

 

After about 30 minute work with my MAKITA, partly the grass got into tiny little pieces. I will resume this tomorrow early in the morning. Hope it will be a fine Sunday here in Yokohama.