I, my wife's aunt and her friends, who always help her farming, enjoyed talking about the weather in our local area, tips on growing good vegetables and so on.
They were preparing to packing small onions and komatunas. I was very shocked with the color of their harvests! Their leaves were truly dark but bright green while my leaves are pale and faint. They gave me an advice that I should add more organic fertilizers like cow manure and oil cakes.
Finally, I got 5 sprouts of peas, 3 of mini tomatoes and 4 of black chilies.
The black chilies are so rare that we can't find the seed and sprout in our local home centers and even seed shops since they are not distributed to markets in Japan. They are an indigenous chili in Nara which were developed there about 100 years ago.
I had been wanting to grow the chili since I saw them in her vegetable plot so I'm very excited!
-- from iPod touch