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Home grown fresh produce produced without chemicals so you get all the goodness and none of the nasties.

4 days ago

Nagano, naturally.
This year I am trying something new to try and get a longer lettuce season. I love lettuce but it doesn’t love the hot summers here. This year I have interplanted it with peas, cucumbers, and Swiss chard. I’m hoping the peas and cucumbers will grow tall and provide shade and the Swiss chard will spread and shade the ground keeping it a little cooler (even a little would be great). Fingers crossed! #naganonaturally #growinglettuce #interplanting ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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I prefer to grow from seed than seedling as a) I usually grow things in trays of 25 or 50 and b) seedlings are expensive. My exceptions are sweet potato slips (I do know someone who managed to grow his own locally but he used a heated greenhouse and still planted a month later than most people) and seed potatoes as I never have enough left over to satisfy my planting needs. When I go to buy seeds or slips I always browse the seedling aisles just out of curiosity and because knowing how much a broccoli seedling sells for will make the next finicky broccoli seed sowing task that much more bearable. This year I noticed a new line for this area. Chili of the world. They were expensive even for seedlings and yet I bought poblano, Serrano, jalapeño (mine didn’t germinate well this year) and then these ones because they are just so cute! They even have a cute name. I have no idea what I will do with them when I harvest them. I might just carry them around to squeal at people “look at my biquinho! Isn’t it cute??!!” Which will add entertainment value to its culinary value and that will bring the price per teeny cute chili down too. Win, win, win! #naganonaturally #growingchillies #biquinho ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Nagano, naturally.
There are all sorts of sayings and local knowledge about when to plant what seeds based on the shapes you can see in the snow remaining on the alps. “When you see a woman watering, plant beans” and the like. The only problem is I can never see any of the images described to me. It took me 10 years of living in Japan to see the rabbit in the moon! So my own personal local knowledge? “Plant whatever your neighbour just planted as they can see the images in the remaining snow.”I make sure to choose a neighbour who is always giving away produce as they seem to know what they’re doing. It hasn’t failed me yet and saves on eye strain squinting at the alps! #naganonaturally #growingfromseed #localknowledge ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Nagano, naturally.
Every year I grow a couple of pumpkin vines over the chook cage to give them some shade in summer. The soil is really well fertilised there and they usually grow really well. Any pumpkins are a bonus. This year I found a pumpkin seedling IN the run. I’m guessing I’ve been giving them so many weeds they didn’t get to this one that has grown out of a seed from a rotten pumpkin I threw in there some time. I love the idea of something growing IN the cage so I erected a “fence” around it and will see how it goes. I have a feeling the chooks will outsmart me though so I have also planted some seeds outside the cage as usual. Still, I am cheering on this brave misplaced seedling. Go little pumpkin go! #selfsown #growingpumpkins #naganonaturally #backyardchooks ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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My ducks are back! Rationally I know they’re probably not the same ducks every year and as they’re wild they’re not even remotely my ducks but every year we get a pair of ducks who choose our paddy and I refuse to believe it’s random luck. Nope, they obviously remember us as the herbicide and pesticide free paddy and make a point to come back to ours every year. And that makes me feel happy and privileged and proud and don’t we all need more of that in our lives? Thank you ducks. #naganonaturally #growingrice #thankyouducks ... See MoreSee Less
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