In My Mind's Zen Garden
  • rose gardening
    Creating Compost in Less Than 2 Weeks!

    Analyzing the Old System For years I’ve had a compost pile in a back corner of my garden. I just threw most of my kitchen scraps out and worked them into the pile. Rats and other critters had been getting into the pile, no matter how deep I buried

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  • Hybrid Tea Rose
    Building A New Vortex Brewer for Compost Tea

    A Design Flaw Basically, after several weeks of using a vortex compost tea brewer copied from one of the videos on YouTube, I discovered that there’s an inherent design flaw in the bucket approach. Here’s my vortex brewer below, which was working superbly for several weeks, but the weak

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  • Rose Garden
    My Rose Garden Welcomes the Rain!

    Boy, I timed this one perfectly. It’s now raining in San Diego, and I deliberately held back watering the roses since 3/30. I have a drip irrigation going but it’s not timed. Given the extreme drought conditions we’ve had in California, managing water is essential. And what’s sad is

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  • In the Zen Garden
    Shaping, Pruning, Sculpting

    Regarding the Zen Garden, most of my work right now consists of pruning, sculpting and shaping trees and shrubs. I have established shrubs and trees that need no watering, but they do need pruning because their growth is now pretty prolific. We have four Queen Palms that are fully

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  • Hybrid Tea Rose
    Meditative Calm in the Zen Garden .:.

    Here’s my beginning-of-April update on the garden. My goals have always been to create a beautiful, functional garden ideal for meditation. Every year it gets closer to my ideals of what that garden should be. I know people who have beautiful gardens with lots of flowering and fruiting shrubs

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    My Vortex Brewer for Compost Tea

    The Old System My old Compost Tea brewing system simply consisted of the standard Home Depot bucket with an aquarium pump and an air stone. I used a micro-meshed worm bag to place the compost in, filled the bucket with water. And let it brew for 24 to 48

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