I keep taking pictures and thinking about writing a blog post, but by the time I get around to it the pics are outdated and the garden has changed too much. These are only about a week old, which is about as good as it’s going to get.

We had a nasty encounter with the NHK (the national broadcasting agency) representative the other week — NHK stories are kind of cliche so I’ll save the details and focus on the results. I’d been kicking around the idea of fencing in my entire yard at some point for the sake of my future free-ranging chickens, but I decided to do it now and slap a ‘no solicitations’ sign on the front to hopefully prevent any future disturbances. I’m quite pleased with the results, both in terms of looks and no further NHK harassment.



The garden is going off right now with daily handfuls of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peas, with eggplant and peppers starting to come in and corn just about ready to go. I’m digging all these nooks and crannies.


A wall of food.


Cattails for the first time.


Penthouse view.


I had a mole infestation for the first time last week. I think it was driven off premises by a combo of my harassment and a several-day deluge that flooded it’s tunnels, but I have a feeling it’s back…

Hope everyone’s having a great summer so far!