In My Mind's Zen Garden
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    My Vortex Brewer® for Compost Tea

    Stephen Storch is the inventor of the Vortex Brewer®. You can visit his website here. 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

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    The Microcosm of Soil

    As I press forth in my efforts to learn all I can about Roses and plants in general, I’m amazed at this whole microcosm of tiny creatures living in the soil in which these plants grow. The Soil is a living breathing entity onto itself, full of bacteria, fungi

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    Compost Tea

    My Basic Recipe 3 gallons – Water (dechlorinated) 2 cups – Compost (in a filtered mesh bag) 1 capful – Fish Emulsion 2 tbsp – Raw Organic Sugar 2 tbsp – Kelp Extract Brew with a 20 gallon air pump and air stone for 24 hours. Using Compost Tea

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    The Best of the Zen Garden in Pictures

    For years I’ve been managing my own backyard garden and slowly trying to cultivate it into a nice quiet meditation garden. I’ve been successful, but living in California with the multi-year drought continuing to affect our lawns and gardens, it’s been a tough road these past couple of years.

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    November Randomness: Basic Cooking Chores

    It’s Finally Autumn Finally, the weather in San Diego is resembling what should be typical Autumn weather. The afternoon air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and there is a certain chill in the air that suggests the use of sweaters and jackets. In the past few

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    September 2015: Mid-Month Update

    This month is moving along too fast, isn’t it? And we have the Autumnal Equinox coming on Wednesday, September 23! It’s still been quite HOT in San Diego this weekend! It’s nice and sunny though, and not a cloud in the sky. I’ve been trying to catch up on


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