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laceblade ([personal profile] laceblade) wrote2012-08-07 07:25 am

Drawer Update

So the experiment of me using an old dresser drawer, drilling holes in the bottom, and lining it with plastic to grow plants? Ended up being a bust.

Tiny mushrooms grew in it (gross?!). The plants that were in it mostly died, except for the broccoli plant, which was holding on until the end.

The soil in the drawer just...teemed with bugs. YUCK.
And then after a few sessions of rain (very few! It's been very dry and hot here), the drawer started to fall apart, with the interlocking parts of the corners curling outward.

Anyway, my dad helped me toss it in the dumpster before I moved. Walking down the hallway, we were literally holding it together with our hands.

I will not be repeating this experiment! I guess there's a reason to use plastic/terra cotta/etc. materials for holding plant matter.

Meanwhile, I've moved to an apartment unit where we're on the top floor! This means there is no balcony above my balcony, so my plants get a bit more light than they used to. This balcony is also bigger than my old one.
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k 2012-08-07 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Gardening/farming is one of the best explored technologies humans have (no matter what Monsanto says) so it's always a good idea to hang out a greenhouse and see how they do it there.

(There maybe greenhouses a lunch walk from your job?)

Don't like mushrooms?

Yay for top floors. How's the view?
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k 2012-08-09 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
Another mushroom lover! Awesome. Have you tried some of the less common varieties from the Farmers' Market? The fresh shiitake are particularly fabulous. I want to figure out how to make shiitake risotto without cheese.

Glad you can see the Avenue. If a thunderous wave of redevelopement finally materializes, you can sell tix to the view :,)