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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Trees
Tree Training
Tree Training

No matter the value of the real estate, the gardening fixes tend to be the same……

Sensitive Block Wall
Sensitive Block Wall

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

Trees Support Pots Support Trees
Trees Support Pots Support Trees

Mature trees support their still-potted adolescent friend.

A tree of death outside Family Mart
A tree of death outside Family Mart

a tree of death, made of dozens of cigarette cartons and festooned with Christmas lights

Gathered Tree in Rope
Gathered Tree in Rope

More tree gathering.

Gathered Tree in Plastic Twine
Gathered Tree in Plastic Twine

Aesthetically pleasing and responsible.

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 […]

Intoxicating night scent of Angel’s Trumpet
Intoxicating night scent of Angel’s Trumpet

hardy and decorative, with a shamanistic function in its native Amazon habitat

Power Lines and Tree in Yanaka
Power Lines and Tree in Yanaka

Which came first?

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

Tree Supported Washing Line 002
Tree Supported Washing Line 002

Trees support a laundry pole construction in Tokyo’s Tachikawa suburbs.

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

Elaborate sidewalk garden with plant labels
Elaborate sidewalk garden with plant labels

Nearly all of the pots rests on stools or low tables

Mobile Bonsai Shop on Omotesando
Mobile Bonsai Shop on Omotesando

This plant sales person has staked out valuable real estate

Early fall color despite heat still on full blast
Early fall color despite heat still on full blast

This sign of fall seems a cruel joke.

Security or Stabilization? 003
Security or Stabilization? 003

This one looks as if it is secured to keep the tree from obstructing the front entrance.

Corner Potplanting
Corner Potplanting

Use of existing plants in garden construction

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?

Tree Training in Wire
Tree Training in Wire

Another example of how to train a tree to create a traditional and elegant entranceway.

Entrance Tree
Entrance Tree

Creating a striking entranceway.

Zoushigaya Winter Citrus Trees
Zoushigaya Winter Citrus Trees

Renegade citrus in Zoushigaya.

Tree Training in Rope
Tree Training in Rope

A simple and elegant way to train a tree to grow over an entrance way.

A Single Manicured Tree
A Single Manicured Tree

I like the generosity of the owner who shares this tree equally with passers-by and the residence’s inhabitants and guests.

Beautiful Magnolia in a Tight Spot
Beautiful Magnolia in a Tight Spot

Even the smallest horizontal space can support a substantial tree, with seasonal color and scent.