Friday 22 June 2012

The grapes are growing

This year it will be a slow one for my little garden, there won't be much crops growing, specially this summer that I won't be around as much. However I do have a couple things growing very well, like my grapes.


The grapevine is growing

I was not expecting them to give fruit this year because they took a long time to sprout after winter. Also, they took a long time without showing any signs of flowering.


Grape flowers!

Around mid may suddenly there was a small flower bunch growing. Some time after that they become little fruits and they have been growing since.

They lost a big part of their bunch because of storms and wind, but there is still enough fruit growing to be proud of.


Small batch of pione grapes

I hope they will taste great! And I look forward to many more years when more and more will grow every season.

I will let you guys know how they do.

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Long time no see..

It has been a while since my last post, and a lot of things in my life have changed, but one thing that remains is my love for gardening. So here is my attempt to revive this blog and try to get back to a set schedule.

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The garden is alive and doing well

In all that absent time, I didn’t gave myself a chance to do much gardening, but my little garden in japan has survived well. There is a long story about how it is doing now, but I will let that for another post.

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The strawberries grew very nicely

For now I just want to thank deeply to everybody who sent me messages and mails wondering what had happen to my little garden in Japan. It is amazing to know you guys care, Thank you very much!

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And they are many other things growing too

I really don’t want to let this blog fade, I still have a lot of tips to share, projects to try and gardening to do.

Time to get my hands dirty again.

Saturday 15 October 2011

Making a strawberry tower

One of the first steps to help my garden recover after its last disaster was to start propagating the strawberries. I lost my main crop completely, but I was very fortunate that all of the back up strawberries survived, with them I can very easily replace all the lost plants.


I need all the strawberry runners I can get

I'm in luck, because most of them are giving out plenty of nice runners. I only have to guide them and then separate into the big strawberry planters.


Lucky me they are a lot of healthy ones growing

Now I only had one plant of each variety and there is a risk to lose some if anything happens. Also, I need some time to make sure there are no more grubs and to renew the soil from the big strawberry planters, so the first thing I am doing is filling all the gaps in the strawberry tower. It has been quite easy as all the runners seem to be just the perfect length to reach all the other levels. I am sure the tower will be full very soon.


The tower is already filling up

My only worry is that there will be enough runners to fill everything before the cold comes and the strawberries go into their dormant state. I need at least 24 plants to fill every gap available and so far I only have 6. I will add a bit of fertilizer to help them keep spreading, but other than that I can only wait and cross my fingers.
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