Saturday, August 21, 2010


The potential of hydroponics is far to appealing to ignore and apply to bonsai. Not so much for a finished product but for recovering trees faster from collection or hard root pruning. And for pre-bonsai material.


If I can apply this to yamadori trees at the time they are collected this could drastically reduce the time it takes for the tree to go from mountain to show. From 10 years or so, down to just 4.


The current thought on substrates used for bonsai is almost identical to hydroponic growing mediums. As well as the use of pond baskets to encourage a denser root system. A combination of pond baskets and the flood/drain watering 2 or 3 times a day will encourage trunk development for smaller trees and speed recovery for yamadori or field-grown trees.


When considering the types of trees and the individual needs I believe that I can separate them in to two broad groups; Arid and "Wet." Arid trees are ones that are very drought tolerant and can have completely dried root system before watering again. Wet trees are ones that are native to rainforest and temperate zones, that won't tolerate drought for very long at all. In their current pots this means little to watering cycles, since nearly none of them are planted in the same substrate. Arid group would be cycled twice a day during spring until late-fall and every other day during the rainy season in winter . Wet group will get cycled three times a day from spring till mid-fall and once a day during winter.


Will start with some smaller mallsai in small pond baskets, and cuttings.


I will have to start the build by Christmas


Inspired by (also, refer to):

Feeding, Substrate and Watering by Walter Pall.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Daily logs

5/5/2010, 12:39 AM

Weather starting to warm up. Water demands also increasing. Most cuttings from Pfitzeriana are nearly dead due to being in perlite and forgetting to water them on Sunday, transferred to cutting tray and watered. Ficus cutting also seems to have died. If it doesn't come back in the next few days it'll confirm that it's dead. Cutting dried out during the first hot days of May


Found a pair of 6 inch "utility shears" from Harbor Freight for $1.99 made of carbon steel and butterfly handles. Look just like "bonsai shears" that cost around $30. They are made in china. Workmanship isn't the best looking, but the cutting edges are sharp, well ground. The pivot is a thick rivet with brass bushings I believe. I will compare side by side with real bonsai shears when I get a chance to. Need to coat with oil to prevent rust.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

El Pinon

Pinus cembroides

Mexican Pinon Pine.


Collected: 3/19/2010.

Location: Edgewood, New Mexico

+35⁰ 3' 2.83"

-106⁰ 12' 32.26"

Watering every 3 or 4 days depending on weather

Fed on 4/25/2010 wait 4 weeks till next feeding.

Found next to a trail about 6 feet wide, going around private property owned by my parents. Area was nearly full shade it was growing under a much larger Pine, and a juniper which also found in approximately the same density. Two needled pine with length of about 2.5". The crown was about 14" from the ground level.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Munny in Training.

starting on the Munny. shooting for a scarecrow. hopefully it will be done before next Halloween.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

3 months of rocking them jeans.

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3 months have gone by since i first put these on. worn everyday except the days that dress pants where needed.

the whiskers are started to get more defined. nothing on the combs yet. more pictures after the jump. 

Friday, March 6, 2009

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3 months of daily wear, more later.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

H&M Sliq Denim

ah finals are over.

here are some of my favorite pants from last year. H&M Sliq fit jeans, wore them for about 5 months, with monthly washes. manly bike rides. and work. retired cuz i don't want my wallet to fall out.

the back pockets are to close together for me. my wallet was rubbing on my bike saddle and made a fatty hole, and these i got on sale for like 20 buck or something, so not worth a 20+ dollar repair. so if you ride a bike. DON'T BUY THESE. waste of money, but they are rather comfortable.

check some pics

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best color representation. don't wanna photoshop all of the.

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again with the rivet fades.

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cuffs and roping. front,
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this is what happens when designers put the pockets to close together, then i ride a bike with them.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Denim: 501's at 14 days

worn them every day for 2 weeks so far. already getting fades on the back. in the pictures my wallet is NOT in the pocket. i hung them up for a steam bath, and some starching. and decided to catch some pictures while i was at it.





Thursday, December 11, 2008

527's going to bed now.

well, since there's no real reason to post anything new on my 501 STF's i'll just post some pictures of my last pair of jeans that wore.

Levi 527's got them in May '08, had some "light whiskering" as Levi puts it on there website, but i out faded them. check out some pix. wore these about 5 times a week for the first 3 months and washed them once a month. from august to the begining of november wore them everyday without washing. riding my bike about 10 miles a day, sleeping in hostels, cars, couches, i was homeless again. either way some sick fades happened over the the already existing "whiskering."

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check those fades coming from the rivets.

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you can see my wallet in there still... even though it's not in there.

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i don't repair my hems. oh well.

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Monday, December 8, 2008

wish list.

well since people have asked, this is what i want for christmas.

Selvege, Raw (dry, unwashed, rigid, shit that will bleed indigo), japanese denim.
waist 34, inseam 34+.

Self Edge x Sugar Cane = SEXSC06

Self Edge x Imperial = SEXI04
Samurai Jeans - 21oz Mid Rise Straight Fit S5000VX21oz

Brooks Swift Saddle
Profile, track hubs

and a mac.