Today we finished planting our vegetable garden!
In Chibu, we are very limited on the vegetables we can buy in the store. We were astonished to find avocados, but our main vegetable options are red tomatoes (arguably a fruit), carrots, potatoes, white onions, green onions, lettuce, cabbage, green bell peppers, mushrooms, kabocha, and daikon radish. We sometimes have broccoli, and when the store has asparagus, we usually have to pay 200 yen ($2.50) for two spears (who packages asparagus in lots of two, anyways?). We have all of the basic vegetables, but when we want to make something with red onions or yellow bell peppers, we’re out of luck. As a result of our limited (and expensive) vegetable options, we (try to) plant our own.
These are some red and white onions we planted last November. They’re getting bigger!
Our forest of onions.
Many types of squash. Zucchini, yellow squash, and weird round white ones.
A baby artichoke plant. So small!
Since we can’t buy one at the store, we made this makeshift tomato cage out of bamboo that we cut down from behind our house. It was fun sawing down the bamboo and lashing it together to form the ladder frame. Let’s hope it is strong enough to stand up against a typhoon.
Holy cow that’s a big earthworm! That’s Khoa’s hand, by the way. Since we live in the country side, there are tons and tons of bugs! After we dug up all of the weeds, we disturbed all kids of ants, beetles, earthworms, and more. There were so many bugs it looked like the ground was alive!
We’re really excited to watch our veggies grow! We’ll keep you posted on our garden’s progress.