Look and Eat!
Wiring and Bending –
These are Bonsai training methods used to create striking forms for your miniature tree. To accomplish a successful Bonsai training, familiarize yourself with it, how it grows, why some branches grow in a certain direction and others do not, how do rocks, soil, wind, affect it’s growth? Once you find your answers and have studied the trunk and decided and even more importantly visualized how you want your Bonsai to look, then approach it with tools, try to see your plant as you want it to look a year or several years from now before you start transforming it. Ask yourself if you want it to have exposed roots, grow out of a rock; do you want it upright, cascaded or slanted? Is the planting to be a single tree or several?
I have been making my own Ghee for a while now and believe me when I say it is truly easy. It is a staple in my kitchen, not to mention all the health benefits it provides! I use ghee for searing meats, sautéing veggies, cooking eggs or adding to sweeter recipes. Delicious!
Simply put, ghee is clarified butter, also known as butter oil or drawn butter. It is the pre golden yellow butter oil that remains when the milk solids and water have been removed. It is rich in fat soluble vitamins like A, D, and K2. I strongly recommend using organic butter from pastured (grass-fed) animals.
Brands of Organic butter from pastured (grass-fed) animals I use and recommend are:
How to make Ghee (about 1 1/2 cups of ghee):
- 1 pound of organic, pasture butter (2 bricks)
- cheese cloth or thin fabric for straining
- glass container
Store the ghee in the glass container at room temperature for up to six months or in the refrigerator for up to one year.
A Bonsai’s main elements:
The trunk, perhaps the most important element of a bonsai since it tells us more about the plant’s age than any other. It’s ruggedness should be allowed to develop naturally. Generally speaking, the greater the girth of the trunk, the older the tree.
It’s foliage, should have small leaves or needles. Examples of plants/trees with small leaves are Pomegranate, certain maples and oaks and most species of pine and spruce. The picture above clearly shows details of both trunk and foliage elements.
The roots, when exposed, lend age to the tree. Nursery plants most of the times have good looking roots. See example below.
In this picture, Bonsai creation by Bonsai sensei Masahiko Kimura one can admire the details of all three elements.