Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Perimeter 境界 Thinking

While most of the house thoughts these days are focused on the final coat on the exterior walls, we are also putting together plans for the perimeter of the structure. We are thinking about adding things like a small carport/storage structure, extra parking in case we open a cafe in the next year or two, a half dozen trees or so, a grassy area and, of course, a lot of space for gardening. We hope to tie all the above in with the natural aspect of the house, as well as what is around us (the neighbors house/carport, the dentist office, the open fields, etc). Consequently, we are doing a lot of walking around the neighborhood, looking at what is available locally (building materials, etc), looking at what is not available locally (eg. for the garden) and etc. In short, this is another fun part of the hosue build. We are looking forward to taking our time and getting this done, for the most part, this summer. Click on image to enlarge. クリックすると拡大できます

5 comments:

Rodan said...

What is going to be the focus of your garden?

b.m.t. said...

Good question, Rodan. The gardening area will be on two sides of the house (NW - between us and the immediate neighbor & NE - between us and the path that is between us and Matsuyama's house and dental clinic). We are thinking of berries, vege's and wnatnot that are not readily available. You know, why plant tomatoes or grapes when our neighbors give them to us. Why plant Japanese eggplant when we can walk a kilometer and get them at the local shop. We are thinking about stuff that we love, but can't get very easily. Any suggestions? By the way, Bomber has only made one request and that was a catnip plant. ;)

Norman Delaney said...

I second the motion for Catnip plants!

Norman Delaney said...

Oh by the way, have you considered some Cilantro (Coriander) and Sweet Basil plants in the herb section?
These two fresh herbs seem to be rather rare in Hokkaido.
I was just sitting here and remembering some of the Thai/Chinese flavors,that I used to enjoy in Seattle.

b.m.t. said...

great ideas, norman. over a glass of wine about two weeks ago, we only started to write down a few things we'd plant in the garden. a herb section is a must and those two sound like winners to have. thanks!!