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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Edible
Mulberry Season in Tokyo
Mulberry Season in Tokyo

Jam, Cake, Smoothies, Snacking

Mulberry Harvest
Mulberry Harvest

Mulberry season in Tokyo’s western suburbs!

東京フルーツ・レイヤー
東京フルーツ・レイヤー

Japanese version of text for Italian Collabora LIMNO

Productive, Profitable and Pretty
Productive, Profitable and Pretty

Diverse use of family land/carpark.

Snap Endo Structure
Snap Endo Structure

Chopstick support.

Young Goya Tunnel
Young Goya Tunnel

Appropriation, connection.

Article: Tokyo Fruit Layers
Article: Tokyo Fruit Layers

“Understanding fruit layers can help make urban life more social, resilient and delicious”

Care for Edogawa Wildflowers
Care for Edogawa Wildflowers

Fine-grained care and human(e) attachment

Still City Tokyo Tour
Still City Tokyo Tour

Feasting on foraged Tokyo treats!

Early October is Ginan Season
Early October is Ginan Season

Autumn treats, taught by a tantric yogi

Edible Subscapes and Sensual Substitutes
Edible Subscapes and Sensual Substitutes

DRM-infused code candies. Rich subterranean soils.

Tokyo Poppy Seed Bread
Tokyo Poppy Seed Bread

Delicious City-Infused Bread

Rogue Avocado Planter
Rogue Avocado Planter

Upper class implants

First Floor Goya
First Floor Goya

Easy growing.

Sidewalk Kinkan
Sidewalk Kinkan

Delicious pickled, marmaladed, or squashed up in the mouth…..

Tomato Garden in Blocks
Tomato Garden in Blocks

A temporary patch of life on a shallow, gravel parking lot.

Goya Awning
Goya Awning

Shade, food, community.

Mini Farm on Concrete Pad
Mini Farm on Concrete Pad

Recycled and simple materials, like plastic sacks as container pots

Shiso in the Pavement
Shiso in the Pavement

Keep your eye on the cracks

Sidewalk Grapes
Sidewalk Grapes

Edible adaption and adoption.

Raised Garden
Raised Garden

A host of edibles in a junk inscribed plot.

Summer is Loquat Season in Tokyo
Summer is Loquat Season in Tokyo

It’s great to see such huge trees full of orange fruit and accessible from the street.

Edoble
Edoble

Free food every where, in Tokyo

Dead Space Onions
Dead Space Onions

Dead space unsuable for parking or commerce.

Storing Cabbages, Drying Shoes
Storing Cabbages, Drying Shoes

Metal window ledge provides ample space for both storing cabbages and drying shoes.

Crow TeruTeruBozu Scarecrow
Crow TeruTeruBozu Scarecrow

TeruTeruBozu type crow scarecrow construction in rubbish bags.

Street Corner Tomato Construction
Street Corner Tomato Construction

“…perhaps disregard for existing structures is a better description, as the rods pierce the old corrugated plastic awning to stabilize the structure”

A Field of Pots
A Field of Pots

A love affair with dirt knows no bounds, rules, and follows a logic of its own. Right on, I say!

Downtown Eggplants in Ebisu
Downtown Eggplants in Ebisu

Downtown eggplants next to NADiff gallery in Ebisu

Dead Space Brick Planter
Dead Space Brick Planter

A few bricks in the right place can help turn dead into living + edible space.

Tomatoes and Rice on Harajuku Curb
Tomatoes and Rice on Harajuku Curb

While the resultant rice will probably not be enough for a meal, this experiment adds a different element to the usual curbside vege-garden fare.

Summer Vegetables on the Sidewalk
Summer Vegetables on the Sidewalk

I love how seasonal and impromptu this vegetable gardening is. A city that’s safe for vegetables and plants is one that also welcomes people.

Mini-Watermelon Stand
Mini-Watermelon Stand

A little support for a little melon.

Tomato Web
Tomato Web

‘Web’-type tomato garden in apartment complex dead space.

Grape Maniac in Minato-Ku
Grape Maniac in Minato-Ku

Growing your own. Tokyo Style.

Mini daikon going strong
Mini daikon going strong

“when I thin them out, I can eat the sprouts”

Konegi in the Kitchen
Konegi in the Kitchen

“Konegi in my kitchen loves the sunshine today.”

No space for fruit tree? Check this out!
No space for fruit tree? Check this out!

So many city dwellers think they have no space to grow anything. Recently I posted photos of a persimmon tree near my apartment that is three stories tall and full of fruit. I went back to take a shot of its trunk. Actually, it turns out that there are two trees growing in a space […]

Orange tree by the Kanda River
Orange tree by the Kanda River

. . . the Kanda River viewed from Nakano Fujimichio, with an orange tree in the foreground and the skyscrapers of Nishi Shinjuku in the background

Fall fruit growing in Tokyo’s back streets
Fall fruit growing in Tokyo’s back streets

Recently, I have noticed oranges, persimmons, and even pomegranate growing in my neighbors’ tiny gardens and balconies

Small green curtain at factory car shop
Small green curtain at factory car shop

It’s great to see people make use of work time and space for some vegetable gardening.

Joseph Tame’s Gardening: The Pineapple
Joseph Tame's Gardening: The Pineapple

I’ve always dreamed of growing my own pineapples – and so when I saw a plant for sale at our local plant shop I just had to buy it…..

Shade for Tomatoes
Shade for Tomatoes

A row of tomato vines protected from the harsh Tokyo summer with a whole lot of umbrellas.

Farming in the Concrete Jungle
Farming in the Concrete Jungle

Great article on urban farming in Tokyo by Dr. Jintana Kawasaki

Spectacular Goya Curtain in Tokyo Suburbs
Spectacular Goya Curtain in Tokyo Suburbs

Amazing first-time goya curtain

Okra is a popular alley plant
Okra is a popular alley plant

What’s growing in your neighborhood?

Vegetable Storage in Nets
Vegetable Storage in Nets

A simple way to store an onion and potato harvest.

Japan’s Seven Fall Flowers
Japan’s Seven Fall Flowers

Japan has a famous set of seven fall flowers

Baby bitter melon in September typhoon
Baby bitter melon in September typhoon

A baby bitter melon in the rain, with its flower still attached

Balcony garden update
Balcony garden update

It’s amazing what you can fit in a sunny narrow space.

More balcony-grown baby watermelon
More balcony-grown baby watermelon

I am surprised at the success of this vertical, balcony watermelon

Ants cleaning goya seeds ゴーヤの種の掃除屋さん
Ants cleaning goya seeds ゴーヤの種の掃除屋さん

“Cleaning goya seeds is a pain….so let the ants take care of them!”

Sidewalk bitter melons in plastic buckets & twine
Sidewalk bitter melons in plastic buckets & twine

Bitter melon growing in plastic buckets with an elaborate plastic twine trellis supported by a tree branch

Growing eggplant and cucumber on high-rise balcony
Growing eggplant and cucumber on high-rise balcony

Cucumbers grow incredibly fast

Curbside Chili Garden
Curbside Chili Garden

Curbside as home for hot chili garden.

Neighbor’s okra in pot atop wall
Neighbor's okra in pot atop wall

I wonder how the neighbor cooked them.

Growing rice in buckets at Waseda university
Growing rice in buckets at Waseda university

I am sure that tending rice in the city makes residents appreciate eating rice even more

Bitter melon green curtain growing on curbside
Bitter melon green curtain growing on curbside

It covers the window, and dwarfs in size the adjacent vending machine

Cherry tomatoes and laundry
Cherry tomatoes and laundry

Ripe cherry tomatoes growing safely on the sidewalk, within arms reach of the laundry hanging to dry

Goya, Tomatoes and a Cool Drink
Goya, Tomatoes and a Cool Drink

Healthy goya and tomato green curtain, with an interesting attachment.

Eating balcony-grown watermelon
Eating balcony-grown watermelon

I kept hoping that they would get a bit bigger, but finally I decided to harvest them.

Apartment Entrance Garden + Grapes
Apartment Entrance Garden + Grapes

Grapes are a feature fruit in Tokyo, from the inner-city to the outer suburbs.

Watermelon on my Balcony
Watermelon on my Balcony

My watermelon plant has produced an enormous amount of growth in just two months on the balcony…….

Summer Blackberries in Tokyo
Summer Blackberries in Tokyo

All the classic elements: use of public space in unexpected way, display of citizens’ care and skills, recycling of simple materials…..

Zoushigaya Winter Citrus Trees
Zoushigaya Winter Citrus Trees

Renegade citrus in Zoushigaya.