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Discussion in 'Gardening' started by chweetchoyee, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. chweetchoyee

    chweetchoyee Gold IL'ite

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    Recently (as I was free, thank to vacation) I was searching for courses on terrarium and ended up with the course which I never heard but keen to know what exactly is it. I went with no clue or you can say an empty cup.. to know more about this technique, surprisingly i was so fascinated I ended doing 6 of those kind. I am referring to Kokedama, yes i have already posted it previously, thought give an insight on that.

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    Before that I would like to give a gist of info on ancient gardening techniques used till now. I try to gather a little information on them. Japanese Gardening is vast and an artistic way to represent the nature with natural materials. There are few methods of growing plants when they are young, mature and all grown. I am going to take only four of them.

    1. Ne-arai - Root washed out
    A mature single or multiple plants of same kind cultivated in a container. Once the roots are well grown, it will be removed from the container and then the soil too. Its an art of displaying a mature plants with root visible in a tray. Gradually the moss grows naturally. Matured plants are used.

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    I took this picture from kusamono.ch

    2. Kusamono - The name is composed of two japanese character - grass thing
    It is more of arrangement of wild grass. The three basic type of planting would be - moss ball, out of pot and in container. They are more often used as a support to bonsai to indicate the season. Matured plants are used.

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    I took this picture from kojikis.wordpress.com

    3. Bonsai - Planting in a tray
    Very common and well known technique. A tree forced to remain small and planted in traditional pottery. It requires more time and dedication. Matured plant with less require of water is used.

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    4. Kokedama - Moss ball, referred as mini-bonsai.
    This is another technique likely to see among florist. In this the plant is wrapped with a mixture of coco peat, akadama and final layer with moss sheet using string or thread. This is also referred as string garden and very easy to do. Young plants are used and later we can use it for Ne-arai.

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    This was done by me!

    I came across these four but there might be much more concept alone in Japanese gardening.

    I will give in detail about kokedam in my next post.

    Happy Gardening
    Choyee
     
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  2. glascobaby

    glascobaby Silver IL'ite

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    Hey Chweet :)

    You're simply rocking yaar.....You're so different in providing new information to IL's :thumbsup

    Waiting to know more......:cheers
     
  3. chweetchoyee

    chweetchoyee Gold IL'ite

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    I voluntary taken up the post of a teacher for my all IL's, and my subject will be gardening, educating them about the concept of gardening and new way of gardening. Yes as the course has started all IL's will be learning more new and different concept..

    PS - Attendance needed for final exam :)
     
  4. chweetchoyee

    chweetchoyee Gold IL'ite

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    Looks like this is not interesting topic to know.. Ok no probs.. My work done

    "I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can't be helped."

    Frederick Perls
    German born American psychiatrist, 1893-1970
     
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    ravs Senior IL'ite

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    Nice work, and more helpful informations.

    thanks
    ravs
     
  6. mstrue

    mstrue New IL'ite

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    Interesting! If you could start something on bonsai, I will be a keen student. :)
     
  7. chweetchoyee

    chweetchoyee Gold IL'ite

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    I never planned of taking class but its a good idea.. would surely inform you all if i plan too.
     
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    sridevipc Silver IL'ite

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    yes please start some thing on bonsai
     
  9. chweetchoyee

    chweetchoyee Gold IL'ite

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    Actually, I am not so keen in bonsai.. But surely will try.
     
  10. gaja_lakshmim

    gaja_lakshmim Senior IL'ite

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    It is very nice to know about all these techniques... Thank you so much for d info...
    I am so much interested in gardening... but the place where I live now, I could not able to grow even tulsi or money plant...
    I want to know whether these courses are available in India..
    Also i wanna know more abt these techniques...

    Lakshmi
     
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