Backyard Gardening #11: 2019 August Week 2 | Eggplants Party


It is becoming a harvest season. We had good hot days and a little colder days. Time to pick up vegetables !!!

2019 August Week 2


So many eggplants grew and time to pick them up. The eggplants were heavy…

With eggplants. tomato, peppers, and beans, made a vegetable face 😛

Eggplants, Tomato, and Beans
Measure eggplant dimension for fun


Eggplants, Ground Pork, Onions, and Tofu. Backyard garden to kitchen is very fresh.


Backyard Gardening #10: 2019 August Week 1

Outside Backyard Garden for Summer

Eggplants became too big in tight space now (stretching their shoulders 🙂 ). The middle plant below started to look stressed out by the side plants. So, it was time to move the middle one out of this area.

Now, this one has more space to grow horizontally and vertically. The leaves showed a little disease. So, I did a little bit of leaf cut.


Made Japanese “tsukemono” out of eggplants and cucumbers.


This is organic tsukemono, so we can only keep them fresh for a couple of days.


Backyard Gardening #6: 2019 July Week 2 | #eggplants


What’s new?

Eggplants started growing faster.

Watermelon is still very slow as its roots need to expand more.

We’ve installed a tomato cage as it is growing big now. The tomato cage also helps grow upwards rather than left and right side.

Eggplant attracted a couple of snails 🙂

Any harvest this week?

Eggplants and blueberries.

Coming up

Start cooking straight from garden.


Backyard Gardening #4: 2019 June Week 4

Backyard Garden Highlight:

Our regular plants are growing faster as the summer is coming.

Now, strawberry season is almost over. Based on my experience, after strawberry, we are starting to collect blueberry. Yes, blueberry is almost ready.

This week, we purchased new plants from FredMeyer.

We like Japanese plants provided by Iwasaki Brothers.


New Plants:

Watermelon, cucumber, bean, and winter squash. Watermelon and winter squash grow horizontally. Cucumber and bean grow vertically, so they need some support.

Growing in progress:

Japanese Long Eggplant: I am expecting in a couple of weeks, start collecting some eggplants. Here in Oregon, we can harvest eggplants twice (July and September). 

Tomato: This year, I am trying to prune tomato frequently. Last year, I didn’t. So, when we went out for vacation, tomato started growing everywhere to left and right and up. When I came back in July, tomato plants grew so much that they fell down without support. 


Finally Blueberry is ready to harvest. This blueberry tree is three years old.



Backyard Gardening #1: 2019 June Week 1

Here is my gardening update.

Strawberry: In a couple of weeks, we should be able to pick up fresh strawberry from our backyard. This strawberry is 3 years old, so the strawberry crown is big now. There are 1st and 2nd generation strawberry plants.

Japanese Eggplants: It is good to cut the first flower (which I did) so that we can grow the stem and make the size bigger.

Blueberry: Now, lots of green blueberries. Need a couple of more weeks to start eating 🙂

Flower: This smaller one was from last year. It survived over the last winter, which I didn’t expect. Plus, it looks bigger.