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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Caring for your Plants
Memorial Garden in Neighbourhood Park
Memorial Garden in Neighbourhood Park

This well tended local neighbourhood park garden is actually a quiet memorial to a deceased spouse.

Roof Tile Planter
Roof Tile Planter

Unique reuse of traditional materials.

Snap Endo Structure
Snap Endo Structure

Chopstick support.

Protect your Seedlings
Protect your Seedlings

Inventive and strongly practical use/reuse of a familiar and cheap mass-produced item.

Decorative + Practical Danchi Gardening
Decorative + Practical Danchi Gardening

Decorative charm and creative practical application.

Rainy Day Ramble in far West SuburbZ
Rainy Day Ramble in far West SuburbZ

Rainy ramble in far west Tokyo suburbs

Greening the Chuo-sen
Greening the Chuo-sen

Biophilic encounter on commuter train

PET Bottle Planters
PET Bottle Planters

Early 2003 example from Nagoya

Memorial Asagao
Memorial Asagao

Notes from memory-infused morning glories

Supporting Structure
Supporting Structure

Plastic twine = essential Tokyo gardening material.

Frugal Plot
Frugal Plot

The essence of Tokyo DIY gardening.

Mini Farm on Concrete Pad
Mini Farm on Concrete Pad

Recycled and simple materials, like plastic sacks as container pots

Hose Storage
Hose Storage

Plants can play many roles in neighbourhood life.

Sensitive Block Wall
Sensitive Block Wall

Although the trees are long dead, the wall reminds us of a garden once treasured.

Traffic Cone Planter
Traffic Cone Planter

Space efficient roadside planter fix.

Shibuya Greening Project Update
Shibuya Greening Project Update

Planters in planters.

Wire Pot Plant Hangers
Wire Pot Plant Hangers

Wire twisted into pot plant holders to decorate roadside residential fencing.

DIY Conflict Resolution
DIY Conflict Resolution

“No Pooing! No Peeing!” reads this scrawled message on a broken board.

Trees Support Pots Support Trees
Trees Support Pots Support Trees

Mature trees support their still-potted adolescent friend.

Crow TeruTeruBozu Scarecrow
Crow TeruTeruBozu Scarecrow

TeruTeruBozu type crow scarecrow construction in rubbish bags.

Supplying water in hot weather
Supplying water in hot weather

“It’s not perfect, but it’s better than nothing in this heat.”

Tethered Flower Driveway
Tethered Flower Driveway

High-priced residence, luxury car, beautiful flower, and humble maintenence method.

Gathered Tree in Rope
Gathered Tree in Rope

More tree gathering.

Caged Bonsai
Caged Bonsai

“Protected from would-be snatchers but all can enjoy”

Water Please!
Water Please!

Public planter asks passers-by for a bit of water.

Gathered Tree in Plastic Twine
Gathered Tree in Plastic Twine

Aesthetically pleasing and responsible.

Wild Curbside Reigned in
Wild Curbside Reigned in

Respect, privacy, decoration.

Shade for Tomatoes
Shade for Tomatoes

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

Tethered Bush in Packing Strap
Tethered Bush in Packing Strap

A mix of respect for plant life and hassle involved with disposing of plant cuttings?

Support Structure Safety
Support Structure Safety

A strongly practical, domestic garden safety solution.

Plastic Hothouses
Plastic Hothouses

Simple and effective hothouse solution in plastic.

Watering Can Storage on Spade
Watering Can Storage on Spade

Visibility and dryness = Keys to good garden storage

Tree Training in Wire
Tree Training in Wire

A simple, reversible and light-handed approach to guiding garden growth.

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!”

Security or Stabilization? 002
Security or Stabilization? 002

Frayed rope for security or stabilization?

Security or Stabilization?
Security or Stabilization?

What is the function of this construction? Security? Stabilization?