Monday, May 14, 2012


kuntan is rice hull charcoal . google it and find out what a wonderful soil amendment it seems to be ... we believed the stories and decided to make some ...
that didnt really belong on there ...
and we are off . small fire in the bell of the kuntan make , burns the mound of hulls from the inside out , 

when the dreaded black spots appear , the fire will return inside the pile reducing the charcoal produced to ash , rather than charcoal . i did this to a whole bunch I didn't extinuish properly . bugger .

it smokes a lot , so be prepared with your funny face 
and we are done . add it to your potting mix .

this years potting mix ...

be a little bit careful not to hurt the residents of the rice hull pile

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

the rice fields in kamogawa , on the way to Wada

wada tanuki HQ . permaculture dramas ...

riya mulching aina . 
and riya hijacking keiko

kanchan at kurotaki ( the black waterfall ) up the road
and a well deserved nap at the local surf break

the japanese characters for home . KA-TEI .
consist of the 2 character - house and garden . phil has been mentioning this a lot recently .
and those other likely characters . by aina , riya and david (me)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Earthschool permaculture workshops in Kamogawa

Phil is teaching 2 days a month , a year long course ( though not necessary to attend the entire year ) . Focussed on rebuilding 'Satoyama'... The traditional Japanese agricultural landscape , with modern permaculture ideas . Will be mighty good

More info here (in Japanese)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

tanuki    - small raccoon-ish dog native to japan .
mugen    - infinite
do    - soil