Thursday, July 15, 2010
3pm and the river has come up over the bank and is inching its way towards my millet, chingensai, carrots, tomatoes, corn (what was looking to be my best ever harvest), butternut squash, sweet potatoes, black beans, taro, and peppers....
5pm and the river has claimed my garden.
7pm and I am now an aquaculturist as my garden is covered with a meter of water that is flowing faster and faster.
Bits of garden sheds from gardens upriver speed by on their way to the sea.
The village paddies behind the levee are getting deeper and deeper, though I am assured that the rice will survive and be fine.
It continues to rain a little, but the rain here is not the problem. Hiroshima is getting heavier rains and half the watershed of the river is in Hiroshima, so it depends on releases from the dam upstream whether the river rises anymore.
Tomorrow I will find out what, if anything, in my river garden has survived.
My village garden is above the flooding so really its only half my garden that has been damaged, and once the river recedes it will leave behind a layer of rich silt for next years planting :)