Weekly Column Kanda This and That 320
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What’s going on? Why is it so hot already? It is still May! The climate in Japan now is obviously different from that when I was younger. Japan has become like the Amazon area. I am afraid of the upcoming summer already… However, I worked on a balcony during the hot weekend. I put some supports for shishito pepper plants I urgently planted last week and arranged the positions for two planters for tomatoes and cucumbers, respectively, and an empty planter. This work was part of the greenery plan for Chiyoda-ku (Chiyoda City). For that, I am planning to plant seedlings for a “green curtain,” which was “offered free of charge to residents and businesses within the city, in order to develop greenspaces in the city as efforts to saving electricity and countermeasures for urban heat island effects during summer” (from the city newsletter issued on May 20). I am going to get seedlings of goya (bitter melon) and tsurumurasaki (Malabar spinach) on May 31 (Fri) at Izumibashi satellite office. I used to grow tsurumurasaki in a field and I remember that I was surprised by how it had a very high tolerance for heat and kept growing the stem with green leaves. It will be the first time for me to make the plants into a green curtain. I am really looking forward to it. Tsurumurasaki is tasty when it is simply cooked in boiling water and served with soy sauce, and I like it with sesame dressing. I like goya in salad, where thin slices of goya is mixed with tuna and mayonnaise. Yet, of course, the most important thing is that I will be able to save electricity.
*The information herein is as of May 2019.