In My Mind's Zen Garden
  • Meditating on the Art of Zen Gardens: Part 1

    Studying Gardens Every time I visit the meditation gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat in Encinitas, I am amazed at the work that’s been done. It’s a beautiful garden that has all the characteristics of a Japanese Garden; water, stone, artistic landscaping. Every visit is pure joy. Every visit

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    Garden Update: Zen and the Art of Garden Maintenance

    My dream to turn my backyard garden into something similar to the SRF Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, CA is still a work in progress. But I keep working on it, despite a lack of time and money. Little by little, I think I can realize something simliar in another

  • Organic Gardening: Tips On How To Manage Your Compost Pile

    At the beginning of May I posted an article about composting and gardening that generated some interest called Composting and Organic Gardening Checklist for Spring. Since I had piqued my own interest on the subject of organic gardening again, I decided to go with that cue and share more

  • Jade Plant
    This Novice Gardener Is Thankful For The Amazing Jade Plant!

    As a Novice Gardener, I’ve unfortunately killed my share of expensive plants purchased from the nursery. But it’s a process, right? One keeps at it in order to gain experience and success in the garden. That’s why it’s important for any gardener to learn the ways of “propagation”. Photo

  • Recently Planted Hybrid Tea Roses (“Pink Promise”)

    I’m trying my hand at roses again; this rose is “Pink Promise”. And this time I’ve done all my research and hope I don’t kill another rose bush. I think that my problems have been over-watering and not digging a deep enough, wide enough hole. The soil in my

  • More On Composting and Sustainable Living

    I was thinking of “actual” ways to really practice sustainable living at home. From an organic gardeners perspective, composting is one of the best ways to practice sustainable living. Repeat This Mantra Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s


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