The State of Things

If you’ve been wondering how our garden is doing, then you’re going to love this post.  Production is slowing down quite a bit lately, though since this is the first garden I’ve had, I’m not sure when it will cease altogether.  After tilling up some beds today in preparation for some winter crops, I took a bunch of pictures of what we have growing.  Here’s a shot of the whole operation, as it stands.

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Our eggplants have slowed down substantially, and I think I heard that if we cut them back we can extend the harvest further into the fall.  I’m not sure why, but our plants are bit smaller than the ones other people are growing in the neighborhood.

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Tomatoes, both mini and normal, are still going strong, and we’ve got quite an overstock in the fridge.

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Chieko’s okra plant is also doing very well.  I’m not a fan, so she gets to eat it all.

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Our green pepper plants started off the season very slowly, but are churning out veggies with lots of buds still on standby. 

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This is a shiso bush.  I’ve heard it called Japanese basil, but it really tastes nothing like basil.  This is another crop that Chieko has pretty much to herself.  I don’t mind it, but I don’t really know how to use it in cooking.

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The asparagus, whose roots I inadvertently ripped up in the spring, is going nuts.  We decided to let it run rampant and spread it’s roots again, but now it’s getting in the way.  I don’t know who planted this originally (it was here when we moved in), but I question why they decided to plant it a) under a hedge, b) right outside the slider, and c) in the middle of the walkway.

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Yeah basil.  My transplant a few weeks ago worked really well, and now all parties are flourishing.  We’re going to try and move these into the sunroom for the winter and see if we can keep up a steady supply of this awesome herb.

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The poor cucumbers; they never quite recovered from their brush with death at the beginning of the summer.  We had a really windy, dry night, and the next day the plants were almost dead.  I think since then we’ve harvested about 4 or 5 cukes, all of which were kind of strange looking.  The foliage eventually came back, but any new fruit would die almost instantly.  I clipped what will probably be the last cucumber today, so I’ll probably rip these things out pretty soon.  Next spring I’ll try a different spot in the yard.

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Lastly, our thriving pepper plants.  The red peppers are doing great, and we have a bush full of habaneros waiting to ripen as well.  I only been able to harvest one habanero pepper so far, and used it to spice up a batch of chili.  These, along with basil, are two things I’m glad I’ve been able to produce myself.

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So that’s it — not to bad for the first time around.  I’ve been keeping a tally of what we harvest each day, and I’m looking forward to adding up the results once everything dies.  This has been a great learning experience, and I’m already looking forward to tweaking, and hopefully improving, things next time around.

This evening we’re sitting around watching the results of todays election as they trickle in.  After nearly 50 years in power, Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party is about to get shown the door in a major way.  It’ll be interesting to see if the new sheriff makes any substantial changes.

Back to work tomorrow.  Bleck.

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2 thoughts on “The State of Things

  1. Wow, great job on the garden, Casey! Eggplants need lots of fertilizer and heat. Cucumbers like fertilizer too. You probably are composting, right? Just my thoughts. My eggplants (which are a longer, lighter-colored “Asian” type) are not that prolific either. I just don’t think you get as much production from an eggplant as, say, a tomato. By the way, maybe you should think about freezing some of your extra tomatoes. They don’t really belong in the fridge.

  2. Thanks for the complements and tips Patty. I’ve been fertilizing routinely, but I think the eggplants could probably use a little more sun. They’ll get it next summer. We aren’t actually composting but have been debating how we want to do it lately…we need to do something though because I’m tired of fruit flies. But for the first time garden, I’m pretty content!

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