Good luck pumpkins! 

This season is so tough! It rained so much … way too much! 
Our Japanese pumpkins 🎃🎃🎃 are growing in slow motion, they are at least 2-3 weeks behind schedule… But we are somehow hopeful that there will be enough sunny days for a decent harvest in September 🙏! 


Japanese corn 

This season is a tough one… We had so much rain… Most of the stuff we planted is at least 3 weeks behind schedule, so we hope that the next 2 months will be hot ☀️! 

We are growing Japanese corn and by September we should be able to harvest. Japanes corn is delicious, it has a natural sweet flavor and it is perfect for barbecues! 

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 😉! Back home, our allotment will be alone, I hope it won’t be too cold/too hot/to dry/too wet… 😀

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 😅

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 🇯🇵  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