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Results Of pH Experiment After One Year

Results Of pH Experiment After One Year

April 25, 2017

A friend of mine has kept a careful photographic record of one year since changing the pH of his water. It is such a dramatic example of changing one variable, to see that it really was the pH that was the problem for these weak trees. Weakness resulted in susceptibility to needle cast and yellowing. […]

Shade Cloth: Not Just for Sun

Shade Cloth: Not Just for Sun

April 18, 2017

We’ve talked before about shade cloth and its utility in protecting bonsai during hot summer weather. There’s one other protective measure that it provides, though… Hail. Hail of various sizes tends to start falling in the spring. Some is so small it was called ‘sleet’ where I grew up, diminutive ice balls around the size of […]

A New Public Bonsai Display: Portland Japanese Garden

A New Public Bonsai Display: Portland Japanese Garden

April 9, 2017

This has been a very special project to be a part of. It’s hard to find a more beautiful, peaceful place, for one thing. The Portland Japanese Garden is one of the most stunning and iconic gardens outside of Japan, with its setting in a hillside forest of Doug Fir and a view of Mt. Hood. It […]


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