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Nandin tore its buds and spread little yellow flowers.

 


Kidney beans also blossomed.

 


Within only a month, they’ve rapidly grown about 210cm tall. They understandably seem skinny a bit. But not unhealthy.

 


Carrots are doing good, too.

 

Found the bloom of bellflowers. The rainy season set in here in Japan.

 


A young grass hopper hanging on wheat told me it’s time to crop.

 


So I cut down. 3 baskets of wheat.

 

Garlic
I also cropped garlic.

 

Bamboo is super versatile. So I use them to make a bean trellis. This time, I’m gonna take thin Japanese bamboos instead of fat Chinese “moso” bamboos.

 


Improvised kidney bean trellis. It’s about 2 meter high. Not so beautiful but it’s good enough.

 


At once, kidney beans began to entwine their vines.

 


I also put a permeable fabric on soy beans to protect them from bugs.

 

Wheat getting fatter and darker.

 

Burdock widely spreading their leaves. Looks nice. You may wonder we Japanese eat burdock roots.

 


But you know burdock root is a reservoir of dietary fiber, mineral and amino acids. Pretty good for your health. As a trial, I dug some of them. But they were still like babies. Some were thin and some were short. I decided to wait.

 

After a couple of days rain, Shiitake mushrooms bore their fruits.

 

And young shoots of bamboo showed their faces, too.

 

It’s time to dig them up.

 

We often boil bamboo shoots with soy, fishy soup stock and with some sugar maybe. They are so tender and crunchy at the same time. They bring us the joy of Spring with their fantastic smelling. There is nothing better than freshly cooked bamboo shoots in this season, I can say.

 

Found an ume blossom fallen on the ridge of the garden.Found an ume blossom fallen on the ridge of our garden.

 

Yowzer! Qinggengcai is back to life again!! They once had been eaten all their leaves just a couple of weeks ago. Looks they’re doing great, doesn’t it? This must be a miracle on Easter day.

 

Japanese radish is back, too.

 

Burdock also resumed its life from scratch. I clearly remember that they were attacked by frost and injured so seriously. And I just wonder how these veges did things like this. Is it nothing surprising for them, while it’s nothing but a magic for me?

 

Eventually, the sun is back and shining on veges beautifully. Yee-haa!

 

Within a week or less, the leaves of qing-geng-cai, spinach and radish are eaten by wild inhabitants. You may call this a tragedy. But there is something amazing. Komatsunas (Japanese mustard spinach) were not among the casualties at all. I have no idea why they didn’t attack komatsunas. This is really something for me.

 

At once, I improvised a fence with bamboo arches and a vinyl net.

 

I also made a bamboo dipper. Simplicity is I think the most important element of beauty.