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Gardening Beyond the Election

Pea shoots and onions in November. I wrote the other day that I was as prepared for a negative result from this election as I was for my beet seeds not to sprout. I was mistaken. On some very deep level that I was not aware of, I was prepared for neither outcome. I am sorry to report that the beet seeds have not yet appeared, which has me worried that my dreams of beet pickles won't come true. They are a taste of home that I love - earthy, rich, and a little bit spicy - but I may have to plant again. I suspect the caterpillar I spotted the other day while watering feasted his way along the rows, working in the coziness of sun-warmed soil. I am working on a solution even as I remain a little bit hopeful. While I'm not a fan of said caterpillar just now, I know need to understand who he is and why he's there. I'm not angry at the caterpillar, but I am disgusted with a common system for dealing with him. "Just spray," says one of my fellow gardeners, and

Hadano Early Winter Garden Update and Ramble

Living mulch of volunteer kales and norabo between cabbage plants. A new season is well underway despite unseasonably warm temperatures. I just removed the rogue eggplant (planted by a friendly neighbor gardener without my knowledge), which means nearly all of the summer vegetables are gone. It seemed a good time to offer an update on the garden. The cabbage and broccoli seedlings are lifting the row cover up some, and soon I'll have to remove it. Under their broad leaves an assortment of kales and norabo spread a green carpet that I harvest almost daily. I'd laid the dried stems from this past season's plants on the soil and let them compost. This was exactly what I had hoped for: a living, edible mulch pretty as a picture. The leaves are well nibbled by other creatures, but I'm happy to share a little. A nice volunteer crop of parsley has sprung up where I again laid the dried stems from a spent plant. It has popped up in a few other places, too, and those tha

November Farmers Markets in Tokyo and Yokohama Regions

Tohoku and Kumamoto supporters at the Kichijoji Harmonica Yokocho Asaichi! While Fuji-san sports an early winter coat, the rest of the world is savoring the sight of bright orange kaki (persimmon) for drying or for s traight-up-off-the-tree-nibbling . New rice is in from the fields, and sake is brewing away, too. It's time for steaming nabe and dreams of dark, leafy greens waving from the fields. It is, in short, the beginning of a glorious season here. Don't miss a bite of it! Market of the Sun Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th The newest of Tokyo's farmers markets at two years old,  Market of the Sun  professes to be one of the largest, and this month looks to be all about the grape. A short walk from  Tsukiji Market and its wonderful surrounds , it's worth a stop for a selection of foodly and crafty items that rivals that at the UNU Market. 10am to 4pm No map, but step out of Kachidoke Station at Exits A4a or A4b Kichijoji Harmon