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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 [...]

Groundcover maintenance and mosses unwanted

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Most of the unwanted mosses grow well or actually far too well, throughout the year, including the winter-period.Early in the year we have a close look to decide on what maintenance activity is required. This can be a raking-job, pulling or pinching or a chemical treatment. Whatever method used it is all very cumbersome. In […]

The Ginshanada and Island edges, a coastline

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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 […]

Hidden surface-edges

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Edges, we have a lot of them in our garden. Most of them are surface-edges. In a number of earlier posts we showed the visible edges and the frequent maintenance that those require. Apart from visible edges we have plenty of surface edges that are situated out of sight, invisible to an average spectator […]

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 […]

Tsukiyama, the edges in the main-garden

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The weather is great for gardening. Partially overcast and around 20 degree Centigrade (68 °F). After the Tsukiyama/gravel-edges in the front-garden we did a couple of days ago we yesterday clipped the Leptinella Tsukiyama / Ginshanada-edges in the main-garden compartment as described in post ‘Tsukiyama, the edges in the front-garden’. Some job, because the length […]

Tsukiyama, the edges in the front-garden

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Most of the Tsukiyama surface is covered by the same species of a low growing ground covering plant. Like in our previous post about the Turtle Island groundcover, we also want to keep these edges, that is the Tsukiyama (land) gravel (sea) junction, razor-sharp. This is far more difficult as the Leptinella (aka Cotula) grows […]

Razor-sharp thyme edges

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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 […]

Groundcover maintenance

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The perennial groundcovers (and more or less evergreen) that grow on the surface of the Tsukiyama-area’s (artificial or man-made hill garden) ask for continuous attention. Where we have been working on today and what we show here is what we use on most surfaces is Leptinella potentillina or squalida (prev. Cotula common name: “Water buttons” […]