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Aerogarden Enthusiasm

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:32 am

I'm getting an Aerogarden! I'm getting an Aerogarden!

I am unbelievably excited about finally getting an Aerogarden Ultra LED. I've been fascinated with the technology for months now but haven't had the resources available to get it before yesterday.

Well, it's in the process of being shipped by Amazon now. I'm eagerly anticipating getting it and will be doing a series of YouTube videos on my experiences with it via my YouTube channel.

My short term goal is to grow the seed kit that comes with the machine. In this case, it's the Gourmet Herbs kit. Eventually, I'd like to get a few more and have full scale production going in my home for Tomatoes, Peppers, Strawberries, Chard and, of course, Herbs.

My reasons for this are two-fold. One, I'd like to satiate my curiosity about the technology and become more proficient in it than I currently am. Two, I'd like to grow some food for the house. While I no longer live in a food desert, fresh produce is very hard to come by given my income level. I am hoping that, with this purchase, I can be on my way to reliably providing a source of fruits and vegetables for the household.

That's the hope anyway. Now, to put it into practical application.

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Mesclun Mania

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:44 pm

Having nothing else better to do aside from knitting and crocheting, I decided to plant some Mesclun greens seeds I had left over from Spring 2010 in a 4 inch container. Yes, I'm a rebel.

In the mixture of seeds are Lettuces Black Seeded Simpson, Red Salad Bowl, Lollo Rossa and Royal Oak Leaf. Along with these are Arugula Rocket and Radicchio Red Verona.

Shocking! Something is growing from the soil already and I just planted it on the 20th.

Spring has sprung!

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First Fertilization and Sundry Saintpaulia

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 5:33 pm

Yesterday was unusual in that I fertilized my plants. It's the first feeding of the year. I figured, the Sun is shining on them for longer periods of time, they're going to need something to draw on if they're going to grow to their full potentials. I fertilized everything except for the plants downstairs, the plants in the bathroom and the pineapple/Minneola tangelo seed potential. Yes, it's much earlier than I'd intended on fertilizing but, with the way they're all shooting up, I figured they were all early growers/bloomers.

The Saintpaulia leaves I propagated a few days ago are holding up well in the makeshift greenhouse I've created for them. Well done me. I'm hoping that, within two month's time, I'll have some new babies to separate. By then, I should have several more. I'm quite addicted to African Violets now. Even the pink ones have their appeal and I find the color pink to be hideous in most other circumstances. You'd certainly never catch me wearing it but you might catch me buying a ruffled pink Saintpaulia plant.

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Parched Propagation Station

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:49 am

Water...waaaaaaaateeeeeer..... *drying drool*

Someone in this household who isn't me has been running the central heating to near body temperature. This has been a nightmare for my plants.

Rather than spend the entire post whining about the temperature, I thought I'd give a quick update on everything.

I have divided the aloe vera into several plants. As an experiment, I cut the top from an aloe vera plant and stuck it in some rooting hormone before sticking it in some moist potting soil. The results were spectacular. It is presently downstairs, growing like a weed. Two are going to my cousin whenever she decides to come pick them up. I don't know what I'm doing with the rest.

Next to it on the windowsill is something I never thought I'd see. Sansevieria water. As another experiment, I took a few leaf cuttings and dipped them in rooting hormone before putting them in my trusty medicine bottle and sitting it on the windowsill downstairs. Within days, there were roots shooting from the cut ends of the leaves. As soon as I take a weed whacker to my overgrown coleus plants, I plan on putting the Snake plants in pots and sitting them in my room where there's more light for them to grow. Once they've sprouted new leaves, I'm going to pass them out to the neighbors who want one of them.

Next to the Snake plants are my African Violet cuttings I just did on the 12th. I'm really hoping that these will grow where the gnat infested one didn't. Neither have a name but they're both a very lovely purple color. I posted pictures in my personal blog.

The lemongrass, Geraniums and Coleus are all growing like weeds, though the temperature difference is having a negative effect on the leaves. The Pineapples have had a minor setback but I've rectified it. They were drying out pretty badly due to the low humidity in the house. To combat that, I put the top back on the container they're growing in. They perked right up once I did that.

In addition, I also planted some Minneola Tangelo seeds in the container with the pineapples. I'm really hoping that they grow.

That's enough of me rambling. I need to get some sleep. Later. :)

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I'm Alive

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:36 pm

I am sufficiently well enough to say that now. It's been a wild roller coaster ride of illnesses over the past few months. Hopefully, I'm on the mend.

Now, to my plants: They're all doing great after a mega dosage of Neem. Apparently the Potting Mix that must not be named has a big problem with Fungus Gnats. This led to an invasion of the little annoyances in my room and throughout the house. Behold, the power of Bio-Neem! I sprayed everything plant to within an inch of its life with the stuff and, after a few days, my Fungus Gnat problem went away.

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Ten Second Tidy

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:38 pm

My tomato plant is gone. Chopped down in the haste to get my room in presentable order. In truth, it wasn't growing anymore, so it was time to let it go. Also cleared in the tidying was the remnants of the African Violet cuttings (unsuccessful) and the Date palm container (unsuccessful).

My room was just too hot for the cuttings and the seed was too old. For the tomato plant, I think there was not enough light and/or heat for it.

My reason for this devastation? I've got a date! I want my room to look presentable for when he comes here to visit.

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Update On My Pineapple Babies

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:14 am

My babies have multiplied! It's four total plants. Three big and one small which is impeded by some type of mold growth. If I have to remove it, I will but I want to give it a little more time to see if it will overcome this obstacle.

I've been looking at The Frugal Gardener for how to take care of them once they get too big for the matzoh crunch container. Since space is a priority, I'm going to see if I can find a place with clear plastic cups and tops for me to grow the larger plants in.

All the other survivors of the formicidae bombardment are doing well. My coleus has grown beyond all recognition as have the geraniums (pelargoniums).

I'm going to bake and recycle the soil on all the ones that died.

Updated Pineapple Plants Progress 28 June 2014 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

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The Pineapple Seedlings Have Finally Sprouted!!!!!

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:45 pm

I am a proud mamma. I now have two confirmed Pineapple seedlings in my arsenal of wicked cool plants. Hopefully, there will be more on the way too. Below are the first pictures of my new babies.

I'm so happy!

Emergence of the Pineapple Seedlings (Seedling Number 2) 15 June 2014 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Emergence of the Pineapple Seedlings (Seedling Number 1) 15 June 2014 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Emergence of the Pineapple Seedlings 15 June 2014 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Emergence of the Pineapple Seedlings (Zoom Out) 15 June 2014 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

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Pyrrhic Victory Against the Formicidae

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:08 pm

The war was devastating. The casualties, overwhelming. I lost a total of thirteen plants in the implementation of the battle plans against the ants. The basil, nasturtiums, most of the sweet potatoes and my beloved spider plant all perished in the catastrophe.

All that remains of my beautiful spider plant are three cuttings. Hopefully, they'll grow and outshine their predecessor. The lemongrass, tomato plant (not hopeful), geraniums, coleus, orange trees, snake plant, aloe vera, some sweet potato vines and African violets are all still here.

Next year, though, I'm growing peppers. They're more reliable. The tomatoes are very leggy and looks as though they've giving up. I wonder if there's an infiltration of ants in their pot?

The basil is completely wilted. I'm sure that the ants have been through that soil. It's turned up and loose to the touch and that's not how I initially planted it.

Oh well, at least I prevented the swarm from hell happening in my room. Not one flying ant has shown up in my room and, for that, I'm happy.

So, I will enjoy the few plants I have left and hope for better luck next year.

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Darn Ants

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 8:03 am

I just had to dispose of my long term baby over the dreaded Formicidae menace. Black garden ants had taken over my Spider plant. My beautiful baby that went back to 2007. I won though, because I just double bagged the little fiends. They went from a menace of hundreds to a pestering of tens.

This is the result of the three weeks late exterminator. He was supposed to be here nearly a month ago but, for some reason, didn't come. As I live in a housing community, I can't just spray chemicals myself per the lease agreement. So, I have to wait...and wait...and wait.

Meanwhile, my house is slowly being overrun by the Black garden ants from hell. Well, I'm fighting back the only way I know how. My destroying my babies as I find the ants. So far, I've only seen them infesting the one plant a lot. They had gotten to the point where they'd laid eggs and were about to swarm. I'm going to do another watering today. If I find more, I'll delete like a Cyberman, taking cuttings where I can, until the problem is diminished. :(

Last edited: Thu May 22, 2014 8:07 am

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