Many people are talking about potential solutions to the 2020:Tokyo food shortage, and a lot of those solutions involve growing alternative crops in urban environments - so I've decided to try it for myself.
As you can see from the images below, I've picked several different vegetables to try -
- Radishes - Very fast growing root crop. Estimated harvest in 29 days (!!)
- Tomatoes - Small Tiny Tim variety. Est harvest in 45 days.
- Parsley - Very popular herb. Est harvest in 80 days.
- Iceberg Lettuce - Larger leafy veg. NOT cut and come again (unfortunately). Est. harvest 85 days.
- Coriander - Spicy herb for flavor. Also known as Cilantro. Est harvest @ 6 inches tall (??)
- Oregano - Herb for flavor. Est harvest @ 5 inches tall. (??)
- Chives - Oniony herb for flavor. Est harvest 120 days (!)
As you can see, only one of these plants can be harvested in less than a month, and some of them take up to 4 months. From what I've read, rice takes 4.5 months from planting to usable grain.
To give you an idea of my circ**stances, I am growing these in various sized pots on an East facing windowsill.
Hours of Daylight
I'm currently in Boston, and the following are sunrise/sunset comparisons for Boston and Tokyo.
Boston - rise = 6.10am, set = 5.41pm
Tokyo - rise = 6.03am, set = 5.40pm
As you can see, daylight hours are comparable. (Boston = 11hrs, 31mins vs. Tokyo 11hrs, 37mins.)
Average temperatures for the month of March are as follows, but as my windowsill is indoors, this is mitigated greatly. The heating in the house is usually off during office hours, on until about 11pm @ 23C / 74F and then off again during the night and then on again for an hour in the morning.
Boston avg temperature for March = 8C / 46F
Tokyo avg temperature for March = 12C / 53F