This morning I woke up at 6 with a hangover for the first time in a long time. So, I decided to make some tunnels for my vegetables! (That's not exactly true. It wasn't really a conscious, proactive decision. In fact I think I stumbled outside in a daze in search of fresh cool morning air and, feeling completely unable to face going for a run, started gardening on autopilot.) It turns out gardening is a brilliant hangover cure.
The photo above shows tunnels of chinese cabbage, cauliflower, red cabbage and broccoli. The crops not under the tunnels are spinach, shun-giku (edible chrysanthemum leaves), radish and pak choi.
After a couple of hours of weeding, replanting and tunnel-making, I realised I needed to find a use for the baby chinese cabbages that I'd pulled up to make room for others to grow. Obviously (again, I had hangover cures on the mind) I am going to make kimchi with them - so I harvested some nira, ginger, chillis and a persimmon, all from the garden (photo, right). The only ingredient I can't get from the garden is the silkworm pupae I'll put in to give it a savoury taste... Perhaps next year I'll keep silkworm too, and then I can make completely homemade kimchi!