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FelixAvery 04-06-2007 05:48 PM

Wabi-Kusa :: Photo-Guide lots of pics (56k)
 
Ok guys here is the photo guide to wabi kusa

for the purposes of this guide I have done this in my house, please note you should really go into nature and do this in the field beacuse:
1. the nature around you inspires the wabi-kusa
2. all the materials you possibly could need
3. get some excersise! :P


Here is the commercial products I used
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1360.jpg

The tools i used
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1361.jpg

Ok first things first, Substrate. I used compost as i was not allowed to dig up the garden. When you do this, use mud from near a river or water source, compost is a terrible substrate for this! When using river mud, plants you did not put there will grow if your lucky!
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1362.jpg

Mix a substrate fert into your substrate!
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1363.jpg

Add some water If it is too dry to mold
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1365.jpg

Use your hands to mold it into a sphere (as i might have said before, dont but a fert ball in it at this stage)
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1366.jpg

Then push it down on a flat surface (bring a board to work on)
this gives it a stable base
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1367.jpg

Get your chosen ground cover and cover the top of the sphere, this should be terrestrial moss or something like HC or glosso
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1368.jpg

Tie is on securely, at this stage you should also tie some aquatic mosses or riccia around the sides!
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1370.jpg

Plant it using the surrounding nature as both inspiration and a resource
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...DSCN1375-1.jpg

carry it carefully home, and choose your container (i useda ceral bowl as i had nothing good :P
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1379.jpg

Fill it with sand and level, then make a dimple in the middle and place a jbl fert ball or similar
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1380.jpg

Bung it in :P place it ontop of the fert ball
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1381.jpg

carefully add water
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1383.jpg

hope this helps you guys
any questions??

http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1359.jpg
a fully matured wabi-kusa

guitardude9187 04-06-2007 05:51 PM

mmmmm....tasty..

looks good, it'll probably look awesome once the plants fill in

FelixAvery 04-06-2007 05:52 PM

oops dont forget to clean up that damn mess!
if you are outside please try and replant anythign u dont use, and leave the place looking tidy
as you can see this makes your parents angry if done indoors
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...9/DSCN1384.jpg

RESGuy 04-06-2007 05:53 PM

Hey man,
Thank you for taking your time and posting this guide for us "Wabi-kusa noobs". Very inspirational :D

FelixAvery 04-06-2007 06:18 PM

im going to try and persuade my dad to come with me on a wabi-kusa trip
he is a photographer so should be able to get some good shots of the nature and of the process or creating them "in the wild" :P

eklikewhoa 04-06-2007 06:33 PM

Nicely done!

yoko 04-06-2007 06:37 PM

Dope, man, get us some nature shots!!:thumbsup: :icon_cool

No wonder I couldn't find that JBL 7 balls, it's in another language:icon_roll :icon_lol:

RESGuy 04-06-2007 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FelixAvery (Post 400094)
im going to try and persuade my dad to come with me on a wabi-kusa trip
he is a photographer so should be able to get some good shots of the nature and of the process or creating them "in the wild" :P

Awesome! Good luck with that :)

bullhead 04-06-2007 07:14 PM

in the tools used I see the razor,scissors and tweezers but what the heck is the thing all wrapped in duct tape?Oh by the way that is really cool,very harmonious.

FelixAvery 04-06-2007 07:30 PM

oh that thing is my diy sand flattner
the other side has ada written on it in crayon lol :P
thanks for all the nice coments guys

sandiegoryu 04-22-2007 04:26 AM

What is that plant you have wrapped around in the beginning? I have that plant growing all around my house and I've always wondered if it was HC but concluded it wasn't. Is it?! Otherwise I'd make a fortune!

will5 04-22-2007 03:25 PM

Hi
 
Thank you for sharing that. It looks great.:proud:

FelixAvery 04-22-2007 10:15 PM

its not HC but very similar
and of the hemianthus family

sandiegoryu 04-22-2007 10:34 PM

So its been growing partially submerged for you then? I might grab a few plants and put it underwater see what happens... I doubt it'll work.

Wabi-kusa would be my next project. Maybe after an ADA nano tank if I ever get around to make that much money lol.

O yah great guide Felix.

FelixAvery 04-22-2007 10:39 PM

thanks ryu, yeh in my garden it grows into my pond, but doesnt look to good.
i put it into a little tank for my borther but he never had lights on so it dident do well
with the right conditions it might look nice!
im working on a WK website, were we can pool our knowledge and ideas
+ share our photos


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