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Garden siteseeing in Japan, Portugal, and Spain

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Hold onto your mouse -- we're headed for visits to gardeners in far-flung parts of the world.

Our first two stops are in the Land of the Rising Sun.  In February, 2006, "Adekun" left his job in England and moved to Japan. In just a few weeks, he had started a garden. His goal: turning a piece of previously unworked ground into an organic minifarm. By June the garden looked great -- and pictures of it now will inspire envy in anyone who dreams of rich, black soil.

By August, he and his wife had their first child. Things were moving fast. In adekun's japan blog, he writes about the progress of the garden since then, about interesting vegetables, and about Japan in general and the Chūgoku region, where he lives, in particular.

For you techies, Adekun has a helpful post on changing the language in Google's new Chrome browser, an easy way to peruse websites in an unfamiliar language.

Japanese Garden is called the diary of an amateur gardener’s vegetable patch in Kisarazu City, Japan, on the other side of Tokyo Bay from the capital. This ex-naval architect's plot is small, but he uses all of its potential, growing everything from eggplant to okra.

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