This blog is written by author Sachiko who is not a native speaker of English, so it may be hard to read. It is translated from the summary of Japanese page; http://akitaodatelifejp.hatenablog.com/

Old Japanese-style house, Kitchen garden

In vinyl house jungle

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Harvesting first bottle gourd

A melon cup of wine

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Hydrangea

Harvesting potato

Bassia scoparia

Finding hidden watermelon

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Sliding door of Japanese traditional pattern

Morning glory

Hollyhocks

Prince melon

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Watermelon bearing fruit

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Overgrown cucumber

harvesting first tomato

"Kuma-kuma child bucket"

"Jika-Tabi", Japanese split-toed shoes

Cooking zucchini and eggplant

Silverberry

Bottle gourd

Red bell pepper

Hybrid straw hat

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Harvesting first cucumber

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Campanula

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Watering inspite of raining

Locating vinyl tunnel in green house

Cucumber in kitchen garden

Saved potato

Weeding field horsetail

Cooking parsley I grew

Universal welsh onion stopping regeneration

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Overgrown asparagus

The asparagus in my garden has grown 180 cm, too tall to eat.I get to know the unknown ecology of vegetables thanks to kitchen garden.

Fan heater again

When i lived in Yokoska I used heating equipments on November to March or April.I have turned on the kerosene fan heater continuingly today on June here Akita.

Keeping only kerosene fan heater

The weather forecast says that the low under 10℃ will continue for the next several days on June.I have put away the heating equipments except a kerosene fan heater to enjoy the short summer of Akita.

Growing Japanese long onion

Long onion "Naga-negi" is useful for Japanese hot pot cuisines and so on. They can overwinter after being harvested.

"Satoyama no Cafe Ninigi" (Oga city)

It was an unseasonably hot day today. I visited to the cafe that is renovated of old Japanese-style house standing in rice fields in Oga peninsula. Many Japanese traditional folk houses are built by airy construction. The cafe was pretty c…

Trying greenhouse cultivation

I set my greenhouse for the first time. I am going to cultivate watermelon, various vegetables and fruits.

Farmwork in early morning

I had enjoyed the last holidays too much, and not taken care of my kitchen garden.My landlord who is a farmer lessoned me severely before going to work.

Cooking fatsia sprouts I grew

I felt that they were not better than the natural products. The flavor of what I grew was weak, so I used seasoning. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com

Making additional purchase of kerosene

It is cold at morning and night on May in Odate every year. I bought some kerosene for heating today. On the other hand, my friend in my hometown told me that she had left off using heater on March. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com

Narcissus in bloom

The yellow and white flowers are blooming everywhere in Odate. When I lived in Yokosuka, I often saw narcissuses in winter. I feel again that I am in the snow country.

Rusted sickle and scissors

It has been raining since last night in Odate. I had forgotten to bring the farm tools back home last season, then they got rusty because of rain. Rain is often blessing to the cherry blossoms to open, sometimes rotting iron.

Akita butterbur-printed “Tenugui”, Japanese hand towel

Akita butterbur is giant enough to stand in for umbrella. I always buy Tenugui of local design when travelling around Japan. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com

Growing fatsia sprouts

I received the good news that it is easy to grow the tasty Japanese mountain vegetable fatsia sprouts at home. My colleague was so kind as to give me the harvesting kit he made. I am looking forward them to get big.

Cap farmers often wear

I think that In Japan we see the baseball cap written of somehow no meaning English message, especially farmers wears. I do not know why the farmers wear it, but I was given it from my senior of agriculture and driving. I really like it.

Surprising universal welsh onion

The green onion I planted and harvested last summer is growing in spite of the heavy snow in last winter.

Preparing kitchen garden

The snow on the field had melted so I started to work on my kitchen garden. I removed weeds and wait for the soil to dry. I regret that last season I did not to record how to do the farm work my landlord who is a farmer taught me, so I hav…

Windpants

I wear it over the pants not to get dirty when washing my truck or doing farmwork. It is a water repellent finishing, lightweight, and difficult to get sweaty.

Cooking potatoes I grew

I harvested many potatoes in my field last autumn. They can be stored at cold and dark area long time. I made “imomochi”, like rice cake made with potato.

Air conditioner

It was useful at the new highly airtight and highly heat insulating apartment house that I lived at first in Odate, but now it is not active at my old drafty house. In Akita the cold weather models that have antifreezing outdoor unit are s…