Making Japanese Kokedama’s For Indoors Or Out

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japanese grass planted the kodedama method

Japanese Grass Planted The Kodedama Method -Image credit: Cafe Maria

Kokedama is a Japanese variant of the bonsai. Basically, kokedama, translation from Japanese literally means “moss ball.”

It is the practice of removing a plant with its roots from a planter or pot, then surrounding the roots with a mud cake, then wrapped with moss, and held together with string.

This type of planting works well with succulent plants, such as those that are placed in doors, as well as herbs, and other out door plants.

The Telegraph a newspaper distributed in the United Kingdom, says that the kokedama method of planting started in Japan, and skipped over to the Netherlands before finding its way to the United States, and since 2015 the method has found its way to England and into the hearts of plant lovers there.

Collage of Fedor Van der Valk ‘String Gardens’Fedor Van der Valk of the Netherlands acknowledged as the king of contemporary kokedama, took the planting method one step further and suspended his moss wrapped botanicals from pulleys. Mr. Van der Valk calls his creations string gardens.

There’s nothing new though about hanging garden’s. King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon indulged his queen with what is now one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the hanging gardens of Babylon, built around 600 B.C.

Marisa Lopez of Saving My Culture, says that kokedamas are elegant, and can be placed in any environment or in your garden.

This technique provides a simpler alternative to the bonsai, and is easy to grow – even for people who do not have much time to take care of plants.

Would you like to learn how to make your own Japanese kokedama to hang out in your garden from your trees or other support?

Lowe’s has a 40 second video demonstrating the ease of making kokedamas for inside your house or out in your garden.

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What to Look for When Buying a Kitchen Timer

What to Look for When Buying a Kitchen Timer

Regardless of whether you are a master chef or a novice cook, the key to getting the best results is knowing what to look for when buying a kitchen timer. Depending on your level of cooking experience, the types of dishes you cook, and your individual kitchen, you may need different features in a timer.  Here are a few things you may want to consider when buying a kitchen timer.

Price – As a beginner, you may find that you can get away with a cheaper timer but you’ll also have to forego some of the advanced features. Experienced cooks will probably require a more feature rich kitchen timer, which is also more expensive. Set your price limit.

Casing – Most timers have a plastic or metal casing. If durability or matching stainless steel appliances is important, you may want to go with a metal casing.

Mounting – Think of where your timer will live in your kitchen. Do you need to move it around the room? Does it need a magnet for the refrigerator door? Would you prefer to have it sitting on a stand?

Number of timers – The more multi-tasking you do, the more timer sections you’ll need. When in doubt, go with multiple time sections.

Number of functions – Many timers include multiple functions with may include things like a clock, a timer (to count down) or a stop-watch (to count up) the time. Consider the dishes you cook or want to cook to choose the version that is right for your kitchen needs.

Time range – Timers range in their time limits from an hour or two up to almost a full day. For everyday use, a timer with a limit of a few hours will probably do but if you plan on cooking a turkey in the oven or drying items in the oven, opt for a longer time limit.

Memory – Are you cooking items that require the same cook time like 12 dozen batches of cookies? Make sure the kitchen timer has a good memory so you can just hit the button to restart the timer.

Power source – Some timers are powered by an electrical cord while others run off of batteries only. When in doubt, go with batteries or better yet, a timer with both!

Here are comparison specifics for three types of kitchen timers.

Kitchen timers

Brand West Bend

# 40053

Maverick

Professional

Polder 891-90
Price $15.00 $10.00 $20.00
Casing White Plastic Stainless Steel White Plastic
Magnet/Stand Clip, magnet, stand & hole for hanging Stand, magnet and hole for hanging Stand & Magnet
Number of Timers 3 3 3
Multi-Function Timer & Clock Clock, Timer & Stopwatch Clock, Timer & Stopwatch
Time Range Up to 100 minutes Up to 100 minutes 20 hours
Memory Recall Yes Yes Yes
Batteries 2 AAA (included) 2 LR44 button battery cells (included) 2 AA (included)
Amazon Reviews Overall Score/5 3.5 3.2 2.1

Now that you’ve identified what you want from your timer, settled on a price limit, and seen a few of the available options in this comparison chart, you will be more equipped to find and purchase the perfect kitchen timer for your needs.

 

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