Super hot πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯!

We had excellent weather for the last 10 days with daily highs up to 32 C. Everything is now growing well, despite the awful weather back in May-June.

It’s too hot to work at the allotment during the day so I had to do a couple of early shifts.

This shot is from Saturday morning at around 7 am, I was alone and really enjoyed watching the sunrise.


First harvest

Despite having planted our Japanese cucumbers (γγ‚…γ†γ‚Š) in mid-June, today we were able to pick the first two πŸ‘. Also our cherry tomatoes and medium size tomatoes started delivering some nice and healthy ones πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…! 

Pumpkins are still in a miniature stage, so I really hope that summer continues for a few more weeks. This week will be a sunny one with highs of 30 Celsius β˜€οΈπŸ˜€.

Rain Rain Rain

Yesterday I could finally go and do some work at the allotment. It’s been raining non-stop for 4 weeks and the minimum temperature did no go above 11-12 degrees Celsius… So almost everything we planted back in May did not survive. 

Tomatoes somehow managed to grow a bit, but they are still behind compared to a ‘normal’ season. 

I had to start from scratch with edamame and built a little shelter as in the next days the weather will be bad…

On a positive note, the grapevine that I planted last year is looking great and next Thursday summer eventually will start! (temperatures should reach 30 degrees Celsius)

Japan 2016

We just landed in Osaka! We’ll stay in Japan for about 3 weeks, so I will have plenty of time to explore this lovely country, and buy new seeds πŸ˜‰! Back home, our allotment will be alone, I hope it won’t be too cold/too hot/to dry/too wet… πŸ˜€

More wasabi

The wasabi project continues… We have one 3 y.o. plant and three new baby plants. In theory he oldest plant should be ready to produce some killer hot wasabi but I have heard that wasabi grown in soil (normally it grows next to a river, with constant freshwater flowing through its roots) requires a bit more time to grow a edible root. 

This week I will go to Japan and bring some more wasabi + buy cucumber seeds + enjoy the beautiful country.

Ready for this year’s inspection πŸ˜…

Every year in May there is an inspection of all allotments. They check the status of each plot and in case of problems they send a warning letter to the owner. 

Today it was finally a sunny day so we could clear all paths and remaining areas that were still full of weed.

There have been some freezing night temperatures lately so we still cannot plant much. We will wait another week or so, then the fun can start! 

Pimientos de padron, golden creek, kabocha


A few additions to this year’s plan: 

  1. Pimientos de padron: last year we planted them for the first time and had excellent results. They grow well in a shelter and are really delicious (just put them in a pan, add olive oil and salt, done 😌)
  2. Golden creek pimientos: this a different kind of pimientos, the seeds’ label says they should be less hot than padron… 
  3. Kabocha: I don’t know the exact name of the one we grow… But it’s a small Japanese pumpkin, similar to Hokkaido, dark green in the outside and orange inside. It’s sweet and perfect for soups and tempura

Asparagus ❀️

Ok, this is not Japanese πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅  stuff. I planted asparagus 3  years ago, directly from seeds. Last year we had the first harvest and this year it’s just fantastic, they are delicious! It’s actually a very easy veggie to grow as it does not require much care and it survives tough weather conditions. I am surprised that I am the only one growing asparagus at the allotment… considering that it is incredibly expensive at the supermarket