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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Green Walls
Hanging Pots off a Breeze Block Wall
Hanging Pots off a Breeze Block Wall

Simple and novel solution.

First Floor Goya
First Floor Goya

Easy growing.

Morning glory green curtain
Morning glory green curtain

All the apartments have nets, perhaps to deter birds, yet few are so well used.

Goya Awning
Goya Awning

Shade, food, community.

Lush Potted Alley
Lush Potted Alley

Permanence of impermanent structure; Relaxed hiding space; Natural cooling; Shade.

Two Plants Cover Home
Two Plants Cover Home

Ample plant growth in the most minimal of urban spaces

PopcornHomestead Curtain
PopcornHomestead Curtain

Prolific and generous Tokyo gardener Joan Bailey is documenting her new and improved green curtain.

Green Curtain Tokyo
Green Curtain Tokyo

Family blog documenting a green curtain.

Small green wall improves sidewalk
Small green wall improves sidewalk

the wall uses minimal space to provide a green corridor

High Climber in Twine
High Climber in Twine

An interesting take on the classic balcony-supported green curtain.

Green Wall in Pot Plants
Green Wall in Pot Plants

Strategic pot plant placement creates a makeshift green wall in Shibuya.

Pipe-Based Potplant Holder
Pipe-Based Potplant Holder

External piping engaged as potplant holder in central Harajuku.

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.

Trained Creeping Fence
Trained Creeping Fence

Coffee shop owner appropriates dead space, fence and creeper to create green lane.

Anyone know the name of this flowering weed?
Anyone know the name of this flowering weed?

I wasn’t sure if it was an intentional plant

Azabu Juban’s Kakuremino bar defined by street tree
Azabu Juban’s Kakuremino bar defined by street tree

this narrow Nishi Azabu Juban bar is defined by the curbside street tree

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

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

Giant hedge frames modern house in Nakano
Giant hedge frames modern house in Nakano

Sometimes just 2 hedges = beautiful garden

Shinjuku Ward Office greening
Shinjuku Ward Office greening

sidewalk awning with minimal space and maintenance, impacts thousands coming to ward office

Balcony garden update
Balcony garden update

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

Tiny Paradise in Meguro-ku
Tiny Paradise in Meguro-ku

Who needs a yard?!

Small building in Shinjuku covered in vines
Small building in Shinjuku covered in vines

This small building in a Shinjuku commercial district is buried in vines

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

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

Recent pictures 最近の写真
Recent pictures 最近の写真

These recent pictures documenting the progress of Tak Watanabe and daughter’s first green wall are amazing.

Small ledge for green curtain & laundry
Small ledge for green curtain & laundry

Another great example of multi-function outdoor spaces that are incredibly small

Summer-time morning glory
Summer-time morning glory

As their name implies, the flowers are most spectacular in the morning.

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

Cucumbers grow incredibly fast

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

2nd floor view. 二階の窓から
2nd floor view. 二階の窓から

A green curtain from the inside.

Preparing for Climbers
Preparing for Climbers

Laying the foundations for a summer green wall.

Rose-covered homeware shop in Nishi Ogikubo
Rose-covered homeware shop in Nishi Ogikubo

Flowers as exuberant storefront!

Kokubunji Hanging Garden
Kokubunji Hanging Garden

Ways to wire your hanging garden.

Balcony Green Curtain
Balcony Green Curtain

A simple twine structure connecting the railing with the laundry support attached to the balcony ceiling.

Lush Green Wall in Pots & Planters
Lush Green Wall in Pots & Planters

A very green wall constructed from planters and Pots

Maison Harajuku
Maison Harajuku

A single vine originates from the right side of the front of the building……..

Moss Covered Roofs and Walls
Moss Covered Roofs and Walls

Even mundane structures come alive when we let nature colonize our habitat.

Gorgeous Tree Garden in Sendaji
Gorgeous Tree Garden in Sendaji

So many people think that all they can plant are simple flower boxes, when vertical solutions can be so much more lush and interesting….