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How to deal with Ginshanada soil settlement

Settlement This photo shows the new solution,... for now. In the last 18 years the surface in our garden settled about 25 centimeter (10 inch), total. Halve way, as we know now, we invented different solutions for particular area's and problems. Unfortunately you do not know on forehand how low it goes and whit what [...]

Tidy-up the Ginshanada ocean or gravel-sea


After the winter period the gravel area’s need a rigorous tidy-up. Rather then duplicating these activities I will point you to last years activity. Some of the aspects we need to take care of are : Algae an mosses growing on and in the gravel. This may involve just […]

The Ginshanada and Island edges, a coastline


The Ginshanada or ‘silver sand open sea’ coastline is in most places the intersection of the gravel area with the Tsukiyama “land-area” that can be found in the front-garden and in the main-garden compartment  (also see: my post ‘Tsukiyama, the edges in the front-garden’) and the coastline of islands, like the […]

Raking the Ginshanada, flat and level


A frequently recurring job is raking the gravel area’s, the largest one being the Ginshanada. Basically there are two distinct forms of raking: Flat and level. Patterns. Even if we rake a pattern, the surface still needs to get raked flat and level. For this we use, you already guessed, the flat side of the […]

Razor-sharp thyme edges


Most of the “body” of the Turtle Island is covered by Thyme, Thymus Praecox pseudo langinosus (see Groundcovers). The Thyme grows beautifully and is a slow creeper. We like to keep the edges razor-sharp, like they where painted, and this Thyme is ideal for that. It can be left unattended for a while and will […]