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Advanced wiring

Using wire, both aluminum and copper, for Bonsai art design is a relatively recent practice, dating from the 20th century.<p>Before the advent of wire, …

Arduino

Building a Bonsai bench

After thirty years working with Bonsai I decided enough was enough – I needed a decent bench to display my ever growing collection of Bonsai. It took …

Healing of wounds on my trees

On one of the forums I was asked about how to handle big wounds on trees and if there is good example how it was done on some of my trees. On …

Best Baits: 15 Greatest Lures for Smallmouth Bass

Finding bass can sometimes be the easiest part of the fishing equation. When getting them to eat becomes an effort in futility, keep these bronzeback …

Hmmmm..white marble, stone carving tools, bonsai?!

My friend Marty gave me this bit of marble. <br>What to do, what to do?<br>I know, I think I’ll try some stone carving.<br>I think it was a waste piece from some …

The Challenge: get this ficus green by December 31st

I have taken upon myself a very difficult task: to get this tree green and pretty by December 31st.<br>Here is the tree. <br>I picked it up from Old Florida …

How about a dramatic chop? Will that interest you?

Warning: even though this is the middle of November, I want you to know I practiced the abuse you are about to witness a month ago, before my …

Modify spinnerbaits for bass-fishing success

Few bass anglers give much thought about what spinnerbait they tie on the ends of their lines. Want proof? Take a look at what's lying on the front …

Understanding the Fall Turnover - Part II

Both spring and fall are synonymous for monster walleyes. However, they are both very different games in both rivers and lakes all over the Midwest. …

White pine “rescue”

A friend asked me to take over this white pine’s recovery back in March. It was given a death sentence at a master’s workshop last year, because it …

The Bolt Thrower Spinnerbait

<b>By Mike Stevens</b><p>When I was working in a tackle shop in San Diego in the mid-90s, a trio of anglers was always coming in and buying the same …

New Lure Tricks For Bass On Old Fall Rock Piles

Though I’m sure you’re as sad as I am that summer is officially coming to a close, there’s not much we can do about it other than start getting in …

Fishing

Guy wires

Another look<br>Aquarium tubing:<p>Fold it over:<p>Cut one side of the kinks to make an escape for the two wire ends:<p>Loop the wire (never use aluminum, it …

Total Willowleaf Ficus Drama!

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see..”<br>Henry David Thoreau <br>What are we looking at here?<br>What do you see?<br>I can already guess what …

From ‘Mallsai’ to Bonsai

They are well known all over the world. S-curved tropical ficus plants. Mass produced in Asia and exported to be sold as ‘bonsai’. You can buy them …

Requirements of Bonsai Soils

One of the most widely debated subjects for most Bonsai enthusiasts is soil composition. Good Bonsai is not merely on the design, but a good Bonsai …

How about some love for a ficus benjamina?

Today we shall look at the lowly ficus benjamina, a pariah of the bonsai world.<br>It seems that hardly anyone likes the so-called weeping fig except for …

Useful Tips for Those of Us Stuck in Beginner Level Bonsai Skills

<i>Robert’s digital simulation of a Ficus nerifolia that was submitted by Tom Kreugl.</i><p>Busy traveling so we’ll dig up another post from our vast archival …

Wiring Bonsai trees to shape and bend the branches

Wiring is a crucial technique to train and style Bonsai trees. By wrapping wire around the branches of a tree you are able to bend and reposition the …

Pruning Bonsai, cutting branches to shape the tree

Without doubt the most important way to train a Bonsai is to prune it on a regular basis. Essentially, there are two different techniques: …

Collecting Trees from the forest (Yamadori)

In Japanese: “Yamadori” - Sometimes trees that remained small can be found in nature, due to natural circumstances such as a lack of …

Repotting Bonsai, how to repot your tree

To prevent a tree from being pot-bound and ultimately starving to death, regular repotting is crucial. Re-potting your Bonsai will not keep it small; …

Care guide for the Juniper Bonsai tree (Juniperus)

The juniper is a genus of about 50 - 70 species within the cypress family. They are evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs, which are very popular for …

Fertilizing Bonsai, feeding is crucial for trees

Fertilizing regularly during the growth season is crucial for your Bonsai to survive. Normal trees are able to extend their root system looking for …

Bonsai soil, recommended substrate mixtures

Using the right soil mixture for your Bonsai trees is crucial. Soil is important to supply your trees with nutrients, but it also needs to drain …

Gardening

Watering Bonsai; how to water your trees

The most important part of taking care of your Bonsai trees is watering. How often a tree needs to be watered depends on several factors (like …