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Akadama, the ideal Bonsai soil

Soil. Dirt. Aggregate. Substrate. Soilless mix. Whatever you call it (the only correct and descriptive phrase is the last one), it’s a controversial subject. One can have a more civil argument discussing the left/right division in the US political paradigm … Continue reading

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I Feel So Soiled

Now there’s some pretty soil. With all the partisan political divisiveness of late, I figured that I’d introduce a calm, nuanced, and non-controversial subject into the æther. Try to, you know, relax the dialogues on the interwebs and facebooks a … Continue reading

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A coupla’ three new bonsai soil components

A quick add-on to my epic soil post (The much anticipated long promised long winded ever-lovin’ bonsai soil epic). I have three products I’ve discovered that I’d like to share. First, an expanded shale product that is not the Haydite … Continue reading

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How I make bonsai soil

As a follow up to my post on soil ingredients (click here….now!) here are my soil composition percentages and sifting techniques. Remember, though, that this soil is what works for me. It also works for many others out there but … Continue reading

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The much anticipated, long promised, long winded, Ever Lovin’ Bonsai Soil Epic

This was a hard post to write and I don’t blame you if you skip over some parts. I seriously considered putting some naked pictures in here to spice things up. Of me. Let me begin the post by first … Continue reading

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I hear you’re jealous of ficus in Florida….?

I’ve heard that many times. Well, damn then, I’m jealous of ficus up North. You all have an opportunity I don’t. More on that towards the end. Let’s take a look at some trees then. This was, in a time … Continue reading

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I’d rather be with an animal

I got this sweet tree from an honest man named Fred, from Mobile, Alabama. I was visiting Joe Day, one of the best trident maple growers and natural rock slab makers in the country. Joe has studied all the variations … Continue reading

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A bonsai, an ostomy, a life

The tree: The me: The set up: The life:I’m being a bit pretentious but, you see, I can be. Why? Welcome, my friends, it is… (I don’t use this brand but it’s the only graphic I could find for free, … Continue reading

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Did you just call me escambron again….that’s it, I’m gonna….wait, what, that’s the name of a tree?

Escambron, a tree native to Puerto Rico. If you say escambron with just a little bit of the emphasis on the right syllable and slur it a bit, you might just be saying a bad word (shut your mouth…) Let’s … Continue reading

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Return of the cracked pot friendship tree

Again, here I sit, waiting for the kids to be released from prison… uh, school. People ask me why I work on my bonsai so much here. I guess I could just take a nap or read a book but, … Continue reading

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