Community Garden Update

Yes… we have 10 germinated corn kernals, 10 soaked pole beans, 1 out of 5 pumpkin seeds have germinated. All seeds have germinated in about half of the projected time. We have no trellis. Someone is going to have to handle that… and quick. The basil just loved 107temp yesterday. Once we get everything out of the incubator i’m going to start more basil. And since we have a lot of germination today I have said “let there be light”.

We do have to work on the community part of the community garden. It’s still only two of us. I suppose if it ends up being “just the two of us”, “we can make it if we try” just the two of us. I don’t know how that tune just ended up in my head. we will have a bumper crop for ourselves… Just the two of us.

I should really write a book about various methods of seed germination… and cutting or cloning. It would probably sell one copy on amazon.com.

Epigeal germination of cowpea

Epigeal germination of cowpea (Photo credit: IITA Image Library)

The last crop to take care of is soy beans. I have to make room in the incubator.

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BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT: ok it’s a germination announcement. Every single collard and kale seed popped and is now showing signs of life. It will be a wonderful life for the greens. They will know how important they are… and that they may be eaten raw, withered or boiled. Ya see they know I don’t eat meat and they will strive to be and work real hard to be a good source of iron for my anemic vegetarian veins.

community garden, Denver CO

community garden, Denver CO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Living in the nuclear wasteland of Las Vegas, you get used to having to find clean water. While the local water authority tells us how safe our water is, the fact remains the particulates far exceed federal standards… and thus if you fill a glass of water and let it evaporate you will be surprised at the color of the remaining sediment… orange. If you leave just enough water at the bottom… maybe a teaspoon and smell it, it may knock you out with nastiness.

As far as drinking I have moved forward to distillation of water. The result is 0ppm water. I then re-mineralize the water for taste. Out of the tap I average about 550ppm checked with my truncheon meter.

For horticulture it’s incredibly important to start out with clean water. Each variety of plant has limits to the amount of particulates it can uptake. If one plant will allow 800ppm before it chokes… and tap water is used, I can only add 250ppm of nutrient for the plant. The plant doesn’t care if the 800ppm is nutrient and/or inert or possibly toxic parts. By reducing the baseline to 0ppm (pure water) I can add nutrient to the full 800ppm… resulting in happier and greener plants producing (and fruiting) significantly better than if fed or watered by the tap.

Regulating the use of plastics really isn’t an option… or is it? Don’t we have too much regulation to begin with? Maybe not.

I stopped buying bottled water less than a year ago. I ride a motorcycle and it started getting more and more difficult to purchase multiple cases of water and since I’ve made the switch I’ve fallen in love.

Water is stored in GLASS BOTTLES!!! Imagine that.

And in case you think it’s any cleaner than your local tap water (hint: don’t count on it!), read this.

The Community Garden

Community Garden

Community Garden (Photo credit: meganpru)

There should be some new growth in the hood this week with the new community garden outside of this building. Limited budget… and so far the “community” is only two people. I certainly hope that number increases. I have my own garden to tend to full time and while I want to volunteer and see the garden thrive… a party of two isn’t going to work very well.