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Potential Proto Peppers!

Posted 2016.04.17 14.52 in Pointless Blather

I know it’s been a long while since I posted on my little aerogarden, but it’s more or less still kicking. Certainly seems healthier than I feel these days. 🙂

Anyhow, one of the things I was really excited about was the Ghost Pepper seeds my sister gave me, and that plant is still thriving!

I just recently I noticed it had wee little ‘bud’ things forming. I think these are proto-peppers! There’s like a half dozen of them at least, and I’m excited and hopeful that it means I’ll have fresh home-grown ghost peppers soon!

Possible Proto Peppers

More Plant Pics

Posted 2016.02.04 17.03 in Hobbies

The garden continues to grow mostly. Dill is now the out-of-control plant.

These pics were taken after I pruned / harvested about 30% of the dill plant.

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Before pruning the dill, I was like, “what do you even do with fresh dill? I don’t know what I’m doing with dill. Do I even like dill?”

After pruning it, “OMG fresh cut dill smells amazing! I don’t want to smell anything else all day! Let’s hang this stuff to dry in the kitchen, maybe the kitchen will smell like fresh dill! DILL!

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Three Weeks!

Posted 2016.01.26 10.31 in Hobbies

It’s been just three weeks since I planted these!

Now I have to learn how to prune things because they’re going to start pushing each other around. Especially the cilantro and the big guy in the back row.

Three Weeks Old

Both of them are like “All this light, belongs to ME!”

They Live!

Posted 2016.01.18 9.59 in Hobbies

The cilantro is super busy, it’s going like crazy now. The herb in the back is big and strong.

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And the two late-bloomers, chives and hot peppers, are still hidden under their domes but they have finally germinated and are just starting to sprout.

They’re alive! Everything’s alive!

Growing Stuff!

Posted 2016.01.06 12.54 in Family/Friends, Hobbies

I got this great indoor garden kit from my sister for xmas this year!

It came with a bunch of ‘gourmet’ herb planters, and she also gave me a set of empty planters (supply your own seeds) and a packet of ghost pepper seeds!

Seven Planters Planted

So this year, I’m growing stuff! Edible gourmet stuff!

It’s pretty neat how it works; the seed pods contain a little column of planter loam stuff, and they are suspended so that they’re about 1/2 submerged in water.

The water is aerated (with a bubbler, like an aquarium) and you add fertilizer liquid to the water every fortnight. The florescent lights are mounted in a hood that can be raised as the plants grow.

The whole thing has a little timer and sensors to control the lights and the aerator and remind you to add water or fertilizer.

The only thing that’s going to take some getting used to is that it is BRIGHT!

The timing sequence for the herb garden is 17 hours on, 7 hours off. And the 17 hours on, is like 17 hours of noonday sun in midsummer in the sahara.

So my livingroom lights up like it contains its own tiny sun at around 5:30 in the morning, and stays that bright till about 10:30 at night. It’s so bright I can see the glow from my bedroom!

I’m sure I’ll get used to the brilliance (or cover it with a box or something when I got to bed), and really, it’s pretty gosh-darn neat and I’m all excited.

Undo Button, Take 2

Posted 2009.07.15 7.17 in Aquaria, Pointless Blather

Have you ever done something that started out as just a minor chore that you thought would take a few minutes and make things better, but then the further you got into it the bigger the job got? And by the time you realize it’s going to be a major endeavor, you’re too far into it and you can’t just stop or ‘put it all back’ so you have no choice but to carry on?

So I have live plants in my aquarium. I hate “fake” stuff, and just as important, live plants help with the nitrogen cycle by absorbing some of the nitrates in the water. However, I’ve been getting more aggravated with the fact that it seems nigh-impossible to keep some of them ‘planted’ in the gravel. They come loose, float around, or bits break off, or for the worst offenders, they continually shed bits that then sink, die, decay, and pollute the water.  Grrr!  Plus it’s impossible to get the gravel vacuum in around them without dislodging them all over again, so you can’t even clean up after them! They’re messier than the snails – and believe me, snails are little poop-machines with supercharged poop engines.

So I got the idea to take the plants out of the gravel, and plant them in wee little plant pots that I could fill with a substrate that is better-suited for holding plants down. Then I could put the wee little plant pots in the aquarium, and (in theory) that would hold the plants down, keep them from floating around, and make it easier to clean around them without knocking them loose. In theory.

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