How to Train Your Dog to Not Kill Your Chickens

I’m just going to get this out of the way. And I’m sorry ahead of time. Here goes…

It’s your fault. It’s 100% your fault! All poor behavior with your dog is a reflection of you and you alone. There is no such thing as a bad dog because a dog will ALWAYS be a reflection of its owner. I’ll explain below, but first go apologize to you poor puppy. I’ll wait… Continue reading “How to Train Your Dog to Not Kill Your Chickens”

Some Basic Training of a Beginning Bonsai

I have a few plants that I like to experiment on while honing my bonsai techniques. Succulents are great because they can take a beating and bounce back really fast. That way I can practice styles and techniques without killing a specimen bonsai that I cherish.

Here’s a good example using a succulent (of which I know not the name)* to practice my hand at a leaning informal root over rock style.



I’ve only trimmed this once before so the only branches I’ll keep are the bottom two. The rest I just keep pinching back for ramification. Which means removing the tip of the branch so two will form. You do this strategically so you can form additional branches where you want them.

I haven’t chosen a top for this tree and will most likely chop it to right above the third branch from the bottom for a better trunk taper.

Again, trees like this are safe to practice on and no real loss if I accidentally murder it.

*with the aid of my friend Matt, who recognized a crassula when he saw one, I discovered that this tree is a portulacaria afra. Cheers for the great lead Matt!

Night Time in the Garden

Every now and again, I like to do some long exposures and paint the scenery in with flashlights. I think this one was about three to four minutes. I even painted the palm trees in the background. Notice that the stars are streaking across the skies as the shutter lags. The only constant star would be the North Star, but I was facing East here. This post is short, simple and meant to inspire. Did it work?

A night time view of the new paths and beds.