Here is what we have been up to since the last post.
We are enjoying some of the fruits of our labour now with cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries and we have melons on the way too. Everyone has gone cucumber and blueberry crazy as there have been so many here. We freeze the excess blueberries so future volunteers can enjoy them too.
Our hard working volunteers from around the world have finished building the raised bamboo beds and our sunflowers are in bloom. We have also removed the tree at the beginning of the veg garden in order to extend it. The extended part will be for herbs. That was hard work digging the tree root out by hand! Took a week of chipping away at it little by little. So next we have to build a new bamboo fence around the whole veg garden. We are not growing much in there at the moment until the fence is built as everything will just get eaten by the wild boar and whatever else lives around here. They enjoyed our sweetcorn!
Around the wooden house we have built some beautiful looking steps where the old brown glass bottles used to be. We have also layed down some stone slabs leading from the house to the start of the main steps down the hill. Not bad for a team of young people with no experience whatsoever of doing this before. We also have a bear living outside now too who likes to fish in the sea.
Our volunteers enjoyed several trips to the local farm to collect chicken manure which we have put down on the tea fields, the veg garden and in the polytunnel. They enjoyed it so much that they even wrote a song about it! Collecting manure has become like an initation into Slow LIfe Japan. The tea fields are looking ok after some nutrients have been added, so hopefully they will make it.
Thanks to all the volunteers below. Anybody I have missed out, sorry!