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Had been the field after 2 year pause.
Found the burdocks are growing naturally.
Kind of miracle, isn’t it?
(I’ve heard you guys do not eat burdock roots, they are so good for your body though.)

I resumed tilling the soil with my friends called “Mr” and “Nami-chan.”
Who are as fancy as I am.

3 days after seeding, I checked the field and found out some buds on Mr’s ridge.

Let’s see what happens next.

 

 

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.

 


Found wheat filled nicely. I made new section for some crops today.

 

My aunt, who has a highly developed sense for plants came to help, again.

 


I call this brand-new section “section C.” I sowed soy beans, kidney beans, carrots, mustard spinach and some melons here. And just in case, I put a bird fence on them.

 

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.

 

Bamboo forest needs to be well cared. Otherwise, it goes wild and each bamboo comes out too close.

 

When bamboos come out too close, they might get stand decayed.

 

In order to make the bamboo forest well conditioned and let the sun light shine down more on the vegetable garden, I spend most of my time to cut down bamboos.

 

After several hour work, I laid down on a bed made of bamboo branches.

 

And I felt quite cozy. It was kind of like time goes slower here in the garden.

 

Maple leaves turned red.

 

Ume trees put forth buds. And we had the first frost last night.

 

Today, I cut down some bamboos, because they were shading the garden.

 

My father with a hatchet came to help. I liked his wearing a mod parka.

 

Found fungi growing in our garden. This can be a good sign that the soil is cultivated nicely by microbes.

 

Another fungus here. When I slightly turned over the soil around fungi, it smelled like mushroom really nice and clean.

 

How chaotic it looks. But the key is beneath the surface. Recently, I often spend my time imagining what’s happening in the soil. It makes me so relaxed. I’m kind of addicted to the world underground.

 

Soil science

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