gardening IN Japan!
Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! I`ve read a lot of threads here, and I know there`s a lot of knowledgeable people here.
I am starting/working on a garden in the Kanto area. It`s pretty big... about 35 tsubo. Right now, I`m almost finished weeding out the dogudame (sorry, I don`t know the English common name.)
The garden has elements of a Japanese garden already: bamboo, rocks, moss, ajisai(hydrangeas), a couple of sculpted `piney` trees, native irises... etc. (Also a beautiful weeping choke-cherry and a couple of huge, out-of place sago palms.)
I love Japanese gardens, but I can`t afford to/don`t want to be a purist. I want a lawn and I need to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs.
My question today is about lawn choice in Japan; does anyone have a recommendation for my area? I`d like something tough, green, but soft enough to sit on. The lawns I`ve seen look sickly and are mostly started from turf. I`ve looked at USDA charts but can`t decide what zone I`m in... (help!)
Otherwise, I`m going to have a lot of (stupid) questions in the next year or so... like how to make tomato plants look good in the rock garden, how to cut bamboo to make it look less like wilty celery... how and when to trim the pines...
(Probably lots of stuff like `ack! What is this bug`, too!)
I hope you can be patient with me, especially as I seem to be losing my English...