Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I seldom label my seedlings 

But I found an awesome chili pepper identification routine.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chili pepper resurection 

I didn't set this seedling deep enough to get water,

Twelve hours later,

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Hydroponic herb garden, Winter 2008/2009 

All plants other than the new sprouts and pepper cuttings were started in peat pellets and established in a flood and drain system with 500 PPM Supernatural GrowAqua solution under 16 hours light/day from 4 x 54W T5 bulbs. The pepper cuttings were put in the hydro system at the same time as the herbs. After about two weeks the solution was changed out and upped to 850 PPM, significantly higher than I intended but everyone seems to be doing OK despite the recently conquered spider mite infestation.

Italian basil, today and on December 3rd, pinched back once two weeks ago at 10 - 12 leaves, maybe a little late,

italian basil

italian basil seedling

Sage today and a month ago. This it the first time I've grown sage, but it seemed to respond violently to pinching back - went from six or 8 to all these leaves in two weeks,


sage seedling

Parsley today and a month ago,


parsley seedling

Bhut jolokia pepper cutting, today and a month ago which was about six weeks after taking the cutting,

bhut jolokia cutting

jolokia cutting

Chocolate habanero cutting, today and a month ago - new growth starting at top and base after losing all its leaves to a spider mite infestation,

chocolate habanero cutting

chocolate habanero


mystery lettuce


French rosemary,

french rosemary

french rosemary sprout

Spearmint, started last week,

spearmint sprouts

Tomato, started a few days ago,

tomato sprout

Peas, started a few days ago,

pea sprout

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Chili pepper update 

My hot lemon pepper a few weeks ago - came back from having no leaves due to neglect in a flood and drain system - after 1 week in the deep water culture system:

rejuvenating hot lemon pepper

Two weeks:

rejuvenating hot lemon pepper

Three weeks:

great progress - hot lemon pepper

From seeds purchased on eBay, "Punjab small hot". This pepper seems to be low growing and bushy, unlike most hot peppers. At two weeks in DWC:

Three weeks:

Punjab small hot

Naga jolokia, in DWC since seedling stage, a week ago:

Today - dozens and dozens of flowers:

Naga jolokia in hydro

All eight of my hot chilis in hydroponic deep water culture today. I added some bloom nutrients as most are budding now:

hydroponic hot peppers

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sarracenia purpurea 

My purple American pitcher plant is doing rather well. Unlike other American pitcher plants, S. purpurea collects rainwater in which to drown its prey. I have read that its digestion is aided by mosquito larvae and bacteria living in its pitchers. However, with no larvae and only the bacteria that came with it turned a large cricket into a translucent film on the top of the water in a short week. I first filled the single pitcher with water at the same time I fed it a cricket - a few days before the second following photo was taken.

Here it is at week 0, just planted from bare-root,

Sarracenia purpurea crown

Week 4, digesting its first cricket - it was not until it was fed that the faintly darker green veining became strikingly purple and pronounced,

purple American pitcher plant

Today, a bit shy of week 8,

American purple  pitcher plant

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Three carnivoes 

One's first thought about the plants in this picture isn't "They eat meat."

three carnivorous plants

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Monday, April 28, 2008


Two of my pings are in bloom and hopefully will give viable seeds. Based on its distinctive flower, I believe this first one is P. vulgaris,

Pinguicula vulgaris flower

Pinguicula vulgaris flower

It has a very long quick growing stem,

Pinguicula vulgaris blooming

I didn't see roots on this, my first ping so pulled off half the leaves in an attempt to root them aqnd planted the rest what seemed right-side-up to me. It's regenerating,

Here you can see some fruit flies I crushed until barely alive and let this P. moranensis (I think) finish them off.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Where to buy naga jolokia seedlings 

My eBay auctions.

The famous Dorsert naga, various jolokia strains and other chilis among the worl;d's hottest peppers.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Abu Dhabi from the sky 

The following pictures of Abu Dhabi are from an email forwarded to me by Rami in Syria.

Now a metropolis of nearly half a million people, the first paved road on the island was laid in 1961.

Also from Rami,

The Advantage of Being Arab

An old Arab lived close to New York City for more than 40 years.

One day, he decided that he would love to plant some herbs in his garden, but he knew he was alone and too old and weak.

His son was in college in Paris, so the old man sent him an e-mail explaining the problem:

"Beloved son, I am very sad, because I can't plant any herbs in my garden. I am sure, if only you were here, that you would help me and dig up the garden for me. I love you, your father."

The following day, the old man received a response e-mail from his son:

"Beloved father, please don't touch the garden. That is where I have hidden 'THE THING.' I love you, too, Ahmed."

At 4am the FBI and the Rangers visited the house of the old man and took the whole garden apart, searching every inch. But they couldn't find anything. Disappointed, they left the house.

The next day, the old man received another e-mail from his son:

"Beloved father, I hope the garden is dug up by now and you can plant your herbs. That is all I could do for you from here. Your loving son, Ahmed".

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