I went to the home center yesterday, and 7000 yen later I had a boatload of plants and a fancy new mallet for pounding in stakes. I planted and staked everything yesterday afternoon, and this afternoon set up the nets for the cucumbers to climb (always a confusing exercise for me).
I share the garden with a few other people. My section consists of the first four rows next to the rice paddy.
I still have one row completely unplanted. I have some carrot seeds to plant there, and when I find a place selling habanero plants I’ll get a few of those, too. Last year I planted potatoes but am foregoing them this year. They are a pain in the butt, got attacked by slugs, are labor intensive (not that that’s really an issue), and I don’t even like taters that much to begin with.
Here’s a view from the opposite end of the garden. You can see my garlic in the corner. I’ve tried to grow garlic a few times, but this year’s crop looks to be better than any of my previous attempts. I also have some red onions behind the garlic, but the old farmer who tills my soil for me also ran over have of my onion patch with his tractor a few weeks ago, so my harvest will be minimal.
Here’s a run down of what I planted:
4 green pepper plants
3 red pepper plants
2 Japanese (small) eggplant plants
2 American (big and fat) eggplant plants
1 white eggplant plant (never seen a white eggplant)
5 large tomato plants
4 mini-tomato plants (2 yellow and 2 sweet)
3 okra plants (for my family, I don’t touch the stuff)
3 red chili pepper plants
4 cucumber plants
1 zucchini plant
1 seed pack of snap peas (I think that’s what they are called in English)
2 seed packs of corn (maybe 50 ears if none of them die)
I think this is the most I’ve ever planted, and I still have a bunch of room. I’ll also gain more space in a few weeks when I harvest the garlic and onions. Last year I grew kabocha squash but am giving it a pass this year. Anyway, I’d say I have a good start. Here’s to warm sunny days and no crazy weather until my veggies have set their roots.