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Momiage, removing dead needles from pine

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The last maintenance attention we give the Pine in our garden (Pinus leucodermis, Abies procera, Pinus mugo, Pinus densiflora, etc.) in October/November is called momiage. This year the coloration, from green to brown, happened in just one or two weeks time, the first weeks in October. Momiage is about removal of old and dead […]

Fertilizing the garden

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A couple of times per year we use fertilizer in the garden. In this post I don’t go into detail to answer the many related questions such as: What kind of manure is available ? In what quantities should I spread it ? At what time of year should it be put onto the […]

Miscellaneous tidy up garden activities

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Yesterday was a great day to take advantage of the nice dry and sunny weather. If not the, then perhaps one of the last of this year. A number of tidy up garden activities needed yet to be done and that is what we did. Some examples: Collecting and removing dead and fallen […]

Maintaining the pathway edges

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The Cotula groundcover would easily overgrow the tobi-ishi step stones. It may take a while before the path has disappeared but far before that point the characteristic beauty will have gone. The first photo shows the path as we like to see it after the edges where just cut. This is an activity without […]

Bamboo pruning, Pleioblastus pygmaeus

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This Pleioblastus pygmaeus is one of the visual objects (see the definition in 2 – Design the architecture) of the Main garden tsukubai composition. Most of the bamboo in our garden only gets the simple version of bamboo pruning. That is the removal of old dead canes and any new ones that are growing out […]

Replenishing the Turtle-island lakes, bird bath

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Topping up or replenishing the Turtle-island lakes in the front garden is a semi-automated task. During these hot summer days, due to evaporation and the dozens of birds (and cats aahhh) drinking and bathing, the water level in the lower reservoir can quickly get too low. Too low, not as such an immediate danger […]

Time for irrigation, sunny, hot and dry

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Now it is really summer. In our region (the Province of Flevoland, also known as “the New Land” (Dutch: Nieuwland, see House and garden ) it is hot, hot, hot, over 30 °C (86 F). Interestingly every week we have had at least one local heavy shower so far. Now the time has come to […]