Winter is a slow time for the Onjuku Vegetable Gardening Club.
Many people gathered for Day 5 at the end of October, but for Day 6, Yuriko, my husband and I had a quiet but very enjoyable harvest!
We sowed the seeds and replanted the seedlings on October 9 last year, and it’s been over 3 months since then, but it’s harvesting!
When we went to Toriihara Vegetable Garden at 8 am, there was frost all over the field. And the vegetables that were forgotten to harvest were waiting for us. The frost that appeared when I walked on the soil was fun, and I went back and forth for a while and played.
The round radishes have already been harvested in November, so the rest will be Japanese radishes and spinach, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, cilantro, wasabi mustard greens, and mustard spinach, but unfortunately it seems that leafy vegetables were difficult for first-year gardeners. .. When we went to weed in November, we saw many black larva and they almost ate the leaves, and none of them grew well. Cilantro and wasabi mustard greens were free of pests thanks to their strong smell, but it seems like we missed the harvest time.
Chinese cabbage has grown quite a lot, but it doesn’t close and keeps spreading…
In winter, the lawn is completely dead and no grass grows, so we don’t have much to do.
We will start planting spring vegetables in March. In that case, it will take another two weeks to cultivate the fields and fertilize them, so in the cold of February, the cultivator will be back again!
At Takiguchi Vegetable Garden, we got a lot of radishes!
This is the one that was sown on October 23, when a lot of people gathered. I wish I could have shared them with everyone who sowed them.
And since these were also out of harvest time, many of them look great on the outside, but the insides are hollow and kind of spongy.. Even so, I brought the selected ones home and had them pickled in sweet and sour sauce. And I was also able to share them with my neighbors, along with round radishes.
All that remains are the “fava beans,” which seem to be growing well.
We will get together again in a couple of weeks to pick the main branches and put up support sticks. Looking at the internet, some say that the timing of plucking should be “once when the seedlings are about 15 centimeters, and another time a month later.”
The main branch seems to have grown to about 30 centimeters already. I think it’s a little late.
Spring Planted Vegetables
On the same day, there was a marché called “isumi guru guru market” at Fujii-so in Onjuku, so the three of us went there to have lunch after the fieldwork. There, we found “Share Seeds” and got six kinds of seeds that we would like to plant in the spring!
- Sponge Gourd
- Kabocha Squash
- Edible Flower
Once again, I was given something I was in the mood to try, without worrying about difficulty😂