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The big melt is on.

We still have cold nights, but the days are warm and longer. It’s melting fast and there’s lots of standing water that doesn’t drain well in the frozen ground.

I do what I can to make some temporary shallow ditches.

And get more water over to the ‘lake’ for quicker run off into the drainage system.

Now that I’ve microweeded thoroughly and created mini monocultures, I turn on the water. Soon the weeds will be back making polyculture again. 


It’s been very dry this spring, but almost everything has grown very well with a bit of spot watering. Now for some mass watering. 

Typical weather for early June – dry, windy with cold nights. It should get better, and I can’t hold off and wait for it to get perfect. I have a lot more plants to plant out. 

Pumpkins and such 


We try to water a bit by hand, only where the plants and seeds are, rather than using a sprinker that wastes 90%.

This morning I discovered some water gardens that I hadn’t seen before.

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Just down the street from where our ryokan is, plastic buckets with tiny gold fish swimming in muddy water have some kind of small water lilys starting to stick up above the water level.

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Later, another tiny water garden, green with algae, out side the door of an obscure bar, complete with gold fish.

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I crossed the Horikawa creek channeled for control, aesthetics and recreation.

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In the afternoon I wandered the moss gardens of Tenryoji Temple and found this fabulous carp pond.

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The temple buildings hare burnt to the ground and been rebuilt many times, but the gardens have remained intact since they were layed out in the 13 hundreds.

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At this time of year in Japan, there are cherry blossoms just about everywhere…as well as tourists, temples, gardens and garden design. There are also many sources of inspiration for garden art.

Stone (my favorite)

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Wood

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Trees

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Water

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Metal

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And I could go on and on. I have taken so many pictures I feel like I’ve overdosed already.

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The wellpond full of rain.

As I’ve mentioned many times before we’ve had lots of rain this summer and fall and it keeps on raining almost every other day.

Last year this pond was nearly empty this time of year and we could dig it out quite a bit more. This year we haven’t been able to dig at all except once when the students were here for a work day.

The pond is in the shape of a spiral that spirals down to the bottom. As the groundwater recedes in the spring and summer one can walk further and further down the spiral path which will be paved in flagstones. At the bottom, about 2 meters down, there will be a well that goes down another couple of meters. Hopefully the well will be full of ground water all through the summer – even dry summers.

But this year we have plenty of water and could use better drainage instead. The rain hasn’t caused any problems for the crops. On the contrary, it’s been good, but if it keeps up, I’ll have a hard time harvesting the last roots and have to start working on better drainage.

In another part of the garden I’m making the foundation for a structure, and as soon as I dig a hole it fills up with water.

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Here’s a link to a film about a fantastic man and garden in Austria. He practices permaculture on a very grand scale using water works to form the landscape and gardens.

About a half hour long.