I've been working on the Micah no jikan book for a long time. I am happy to report that all the final changes and edits have been made, and it is now with the publisher. You can order it for worldwide shipping at Amazon.co.jp.
What else is new? How about some amazing new flavors at the convenience store. Japanese wasabi potato chips. Korean barbeque chips too. The new flavors just keep coming.
It's all very international, and since I've felt obliged to taste all these new flavors, very tasty too. I omit the photo of English cheddar, but you can imagine it.
In the cookie aisle, where we usually find more consistency, there's been a striking addition. Coconut Cream-O. Chocolate plus caramel coconut. The package says Choco Plus, and I agree.
The idea of the grammar is to provide a language to describe, quantify, and translate turfgrass management practices from one place to the next. I've studied the grasses as they grow in the wild, and I also had a chance to study them under regular maintenance. Or maybe this was exceptional maintenance. It certainly was a lot of fun.
I've been at Japan this week and had a chance to review some of the published Golf Course Seminar articles I have written this year. One could almost say I can't understand a word I wrote, although with a bit of attention I can make out some of it.
The R&A have a new website, The Golf Course, that includes case studies I put together for The Banyan Golf Club in Thailand and Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in the Philippines.
Writing holiday, sabbatical, はたらきもの, abscondence — whatever you like to call it, that is what I'll be doing for the next few weeks. I have a number of writing projects that I intend to complete as I make repair to a salubrious island in Thailand for this work.
I've been assiduous for the last month and have flown twelve times, been to Singapore, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam (twice), going through Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport every few days. I've spent a Saturday night watching Muay Thai at Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok and spent a crepuscular morning at Manila on the zoysia greens at Wack Wack.
An article I wrote with Dr. Frank Rossi about the Park Grass experiment at Rothamsted has recently been published in the USGA Green Section Record. (Download the article here). This experiment has been ongoing for more than 150 years and it involves fertilizer treatments applied to grassland and the many measurements that have been made over the years on the experimental plots. One of these measurements is the botanical composition of the plots, and the results are amazing.
When nitrogen in the form of ammonium sulfate is applied as the only fertilizer, finer grasses predominate and weeds are not present. When potassium is applied, dandelions and other weeds proliferate. Lime also causes an increase in weedy species.
The recommendations for complete fertilizers along with lime treatments that are commonly made for for cool-season lawns and other general turf areas are probably contributing to an increase in weed abundance as well. Is it possible that less fertilizer could also lead to less weeds and less herbicide use? That is certainly something to consider, and Dr. Rossi and I suggest that the results of the Park Grass experiment are worthy of further attention from turfgrass managers.
You may have already seen the January 2011 issue of Greenkeeper International, with its cover image of Phuket's Blue Canyon Country Club and the promise of insight into turfgrass management in Southeast Asia. It seems most of my magazine publications are in Japanese these days, so I'll understand if you pounce at this rare opportunity to read my published words in English.