The forest 🌳

So we have been in Japan for 5 weeks and here is the outcome: the allotment looks like a forest and a bird πŸ¦… decided to call it home.

We have not yet received an official warning letter but the yearly inspection took place as they put a sign at the entrance saying that several plots were not in proper condition.

In the next days someone will have to clean this mess up πŸ˜“πŸ˜“πŸ˜“


2018! A transition year?

Last weekend was really nice and warm (25 Celsius!) so I decided to do a bit of clean up of the allotment. As I had done a decent job back in October, the place was actually in acceptable shape so I only had to invest 4 hours to get the job done βœ….

This year is going to be a tough one. We have a new member in the family and he is just 4 months old, so I won’t be spending too much time at be allotment.

I will then focus on low maintenance plants like edamame and pumpkins which will cover most of the surface, prevent unwanted weed, and just require watering!

June was on fire πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯Β 

June was hot as hell πŸ‘Ή! We had daily temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius and no rain for several weeks. 

This means that I had to water my plants every single day. Also all the Japanese cucumbers πŸ₯’ that I just planted have died beacause of the heat 😭!

Nevertheless, most of the stuff is growing well due to the wonderful weather and I am looking forward to a great harvest in September.

Pumpkins πŸŽƒ, tomatoes πŸ…, Korean lettuces πŸ₯—, Japanese corn 🌽, Japanese kokabu, and my white grapes, are all in great shape πŸ’ͺπŸ‘! 

Cleanup completed βœ…Β 

I haven’t posted any updates lately… but this does not mean that no work was done! I completed the allotment clean up and it is now in almost pristine condition. 
It’s been very hot in the last two weeks and unfortunately all my Japanese cucumbers have died because of the extreme heat. 
After this incident I decided to cover my pumpkins as they too would suffer from these days temperatures. 
On a positive note, despite the cold days at the beginning of June, strawberries are growing well and we started harvesting. They are delicious. 

Edamame soybeans, cucumbers πŸ₯’ ,tomatoes πŸ…, and eggplants πŸ†Β 

As minimum temperatures reached 10 degrees Celsius, today I decided to transplant my tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers, and eggplants which have been growing indoor since March 1st. 

I also planted one of my favourites: edamame soybeans! They are the perfect healthy snack and they can be kept frozen for years πŸ‘. Harvest time is sometimes in mid-end September, before they turn yellowish.

Despite the recent cold weather and snow, strawberries πŸ“ are in good shape and there is plenty of flowers which should turn into fruits quite soon.

Hopefully we will have a hot summer πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯! 

A new beginningΒ 

Last weekend I managed to clean up 90 % of our allotment πŸ’ͺ! There is still quite some work to do (⛔️ inspection coming up in May) but my next focus will be the quality of the soil. How? 700 liters of fresh compost! It is still too early to seed (these days we had -3 degrees Celsius during the night) but I want to ensure a prosperous and healthy harvesting later this year! 

It’s been a while


This was our first visit since October last year… today was sunny and mild so we decided to have a look at the allotmen. There is plenty to do already… so we cleaned up the strawberry and asparagus areas. Tulips are growing already and we also found a nice surprise: shiitake 😊


It is important to harvest edamame at the right moment! The outside skin needs to have a bright green color while the seeds need to have grown to a satisfactory size. When the skin colour turns yellow and then beans turn black, it’s way too late! 

Provided that you picked them at the right time, you have 2 options: 

  1. Eat them straight away
  2. Store them in the freezer for future enjoyment

For either option you will first need to wash them thoroughly, cut off the edges (see picture) and then put them in boiling water for about 4 minutes in case you want to eat them straight away (just add some salt and you are done) or just about 3 minutes in case of long term storage. 

You can use a normal plastic bag for storing them in the freezer and enjoying them in the future. Once you remove them from hibernation, you will need to put them again in booking water for 3 minutes. Bon appetit!