I ran into a funny today. I run into funnies all the time, but this one especially struck me. I was cruising the Devshed php forum for answers on Paypal IPN and ran into this tag.
“Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony! Well, but you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you! I mean, if I went ’round saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!”
Sometimes things just strike you funny, as this did me.
I’ve been researching different aspects of gardening and occasionally I run into a gem I just have to share. I’ve been searching for information on vertical gardening. I ran into a link that mentioned both the AeroGarden and Patrick Blanc and I just had to check. Someone had posted, on an open blog, comments on the AeroGarden, some in favor and some whining at the lack of greeness. To this post someone commented:
Just because I shower, shave, use deoderant, co-mingle with main stream Americans, work a professional job, have no interest in hugging trees, eating bark, wearing hemp underwear, am ever able to run my fingers through my wife’s underarm hair or aspire to be a self righteous eco-monkey, I still like to eat healthy. Great Product!!! No matter what you pink-o hippie meat-heads say.
I HAD to laugh. Someone has the same degree of “greenity” I’ve got. I’ll do my part, just don’t expect me to be ridiculous about it. And when someone gets it just right, expect me to laugh.
I saw an ad on TV for the AeroGarden which is a neat thing. Because I am psychologically unable to purchase at full price, new or something I can approximate out of bits and pieces, my research on hydroponics was begun anew.
In the last couple days I have learned the (to me) most interesting things. There’s a Frenchman who covers buildings and walls with living plants creating beautiful and interesting wallscapes.
There’s an Englishman who built a vertical wall on his apartment balcony.
And finally, there’s a young lady who has built a hydroponic garden in her apartment. This is the system I’m going to use for my lettuce with the exception of the very expensive and not very efficient metal halide light. Instead, I’m going to use LED lighting. I found a DIY 272 LED light kit that will give me better growth while using a fraction of the energy at a fraction of the equipment cost.
So this is my parts list:
- light proof container with plastic lid
- floating fogger
- air stone and pump
- digital power center with timer
- coconut fiber (optional)
- hydroton (expanded clay)
- grow baskets (I could actually use solo cups with lots of holes for this)
- LED light kit
- hydroponic nutrient solution
So for under $150 I should be able to put together a hydroponic garden in which I can grow lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans . . . I can also use it to start seedlings . . .
Interestingly enough, it’s possible to grow potatoes (yes, potatoes!) hydroponically.