Sunday, April 23, 2006

Rain, rain and more rain!

The rainy season seems to have arrived early here in Japan. Actually it seems to be arriving every weekend and then going away during the week. which is great for the garden, but not so great when you are trying to pull down a shed in preparation for building a new "guest house"!
Along with the rain my problems with my seedlings are continuing. I transplanted a lot more lettuces yesterday and noticed that some have already started to have their necks "constricted". I have started making some chamomile spray to see if it can help solve the problem, but it will take a couple of days. I wonder if the remaining seedlings will make it that long!

One of the things that has really been taking off in the garden lately is my coriander. I planted a couple of plants in autumn and now they have started to grow into bushes. I also have lots of seedlings too - mainly because I was a little confused about the name of the plant and therefore bought far too many seeds! For anyone as naive as me here is a lesson in naming..... Cilantro and Coriander are the same thing! Well to be precise "Cilantro" is the name of the leaves and "Coriander" is the name of the seeds from the same plant. Today when I went for a wander I noticed that it has started to flower so I guess soon I will have both Cilantro and Coriander all in the same plant. What a bargain! Now if only I could force myself to like the taste of it......

1 comment:

  1. The Brother8:08 PM

    Corriander/Cilantro roots are apparently really good to use in Indian and Thai cooking too. I'd try them, but we just can't get them here. Everyone cuts off the bottoms so nicely, so I'll have to leave it to you to try them and tell me what they're like.

    If you need a recipe to try them in, let me know!