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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Tiny sprouts 

Here are sinicuichi and kratom sprouts from even tinier seeds,

sinicuichi sprouts

kratom sprouts

The basil sprouted in just three days,

basil sprouts

The tomatoes and melons are running wild,

basil sprouts

Here's that first cucumber,

hydroponic cucumber

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Herb planting day! 

Today my Christmas present to myself came - new and exciting seeds.

This evening, I seeded in rockwool cubes "Greek" oregano, "pesto" basil, rosemary, sage, intoxicating mint, kanna, and sinicuichi. Half of the cubes were soaked in plain reverse osmosis water, half in r/o water with 70 ppm B'cuzz root and 40 ppm gibberellin and pHed to 5.0. The sinicuichi seeds are as small as large specs of dust - I sprinkled these on a 1" thick slice of a large rockwool cube and tried to push some of the specks into the wool with a fork. I can't imagine such small seeds could grow to seedlings on such a minuscule endosperm, so I just used the weak B'cuzz/gibberellin nutrient solution.

I also started some larger non-herbaceous plants - wild dagga and kratom - again experimenting between plain reverse osmosis water and the weak nutrient solution pHed to 5.0. The kratom seeds are as large as the smallest wood sliver you could get under your skin.

The seeds with hard coats - the intoxicating mint and kanna - were soaked in near-boiling water for 2-3 minutes.

Kanna seeds naturally contain a germination inhibitor which gives the species the advantage of a generation of seeds germinating over time. The germination inhibitor can be overcome with gibberellin at a higher dose than I used this time, but as the plant's natural germination inhibitor is water soluble I'm soaking 15 seeds in r/o water. The high concentration of gibberellin required to overcome the germination inhibitor would possibly have unwanted side effects - such as elongation of roots and stems.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Rudy Giggliani! 

From the veracifier.

Q: Why did your firm do business with friends of Kim Jong Il?
Rudy: Tee hee hee!

Q: Why did your firm do business with a friend of the Sept 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad?
Rudy: Ga ha hee hee!

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Baby cuke 

This Winter's first produce: a baby cuke, 12/05/2007.

baby cucumber

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DIY R-DWC hydroponic garden 

Here's my recirculating deep water culture hydroponic garden. It's called "deep water culture" because the roots are completely submerged in water and it's called "recirculating" because water constantly flows through each bucket (as opposed to aerating water in individual unconnected buckets). I spent $150 - 175 on the parts, less than half what one would pay for an equivalent pre-made system.

To emphasize that the system will grow garden-fresh winter produce I chose to "set out" my seedlings on Thanksgiving Day - our culture's harvest celebration.

  1. lava rocks for root support

    Rinsing landscape "lava rock". This will support the roots.

     

  2. buckets

    Assembled buckets, tubes, pipes and grommets from Home Depot, Menard's and a hydroponic specialty store. Water comes in through 1/4" pipe, exits through a 1" grommet on the opposite side.

     

  3. reservoir

    The reservoir. A submersible pump pushes water out to buckets, gravity returns water to reservoir.

     

  4. air wands

    Air wands from aquarium shop in the reservoir. The water must have a lot of dissolved oxygen in it it or the roots will drown.

     

  5. bubbles

    Can't have too many bubbles. The more oxygen in the water, the faster nutrients are absorbed through the roots.

     

  6. bubbles

    Covering the reservoir. If light hits the water algae will grow, wasting nutrients and looking scummy.

     

  7. bubbles

    Seedlings dropped into the contraption.

     

  8. bubbles

    Two weeks later.

     

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Monday, December 03, 2007

The TEXAS INQUISITION 

Official gets the rack for speaking ill of Intelligent Design Creationism.

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