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#101 User is offline   GraceS 

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Posted 22 May 2015 - 04:55 PM

The leaves of the peanut plants (my son' school project) turned yellow after 4 mths. Digged up the plants to find only 1 to 2 peanuts per plant only. I think the poor harvest could be the hard soil and roots from trees nearby. Replanted the nuts in a box to continue experiment.
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Posted 25 May 2015 - 12:55 AM

Broke half of a cherry tomato stem near the base when I changed the nutrient solution on Sat. Wrapped scotch tape at the injured portion and it looks fine as of now. Hopefully it will recover. This plant is more than 2m tall and has lots of flowers. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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Posted 25 May 2015 - 07:06 AM

View PostGraceS, on 25 May 2015 - 12:55 AM, said:

Broke half of a cherry tomato stem near the base when I changed the nutrient solution on Sat. Wrapped scotch tape at the injured portion and it looks fine as of now. Hopefully it will recover. This plant is more than 2m tall and has lots of flowers. Keeping my fingers crossed.



Good news it will live tomatoes are tough.
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Posted 29 May 2015 - 04:40 PM

One of the hydroponic grown chilli plant has a almost fully grown chilli. However, the top and bottom of the chilli started to rot and the chilli dropped off - not sure why. Arrrg....
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Posted 30 May 2015 - 05:17 PM

Did not notice any growth after I have hard pruned the mulberry down to bare branches On removing the clay balls in the net cup, I was delighted to find several new nodes developing near the root.
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Posted 07 June 2015 - 09:04 AM

Noticed that mineral salts in nutrient solution for hydroponics can be corrosive. The portion of my plastic white container which is filled with solution turned rough and slightly discoloured after afew months of use. How often should we change the plastic reservoir? Is there any type of plastic that we should not use for growing edibles in hydroponics?
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Posted 07 June 2015 - 09:28 AM

View PostGraceS, on 07 June 2015 - 09:04 AM, said:

Noticed that mineral salts in nutrient solution for hydroponics can be corrosive. The portion of my plastic white container which is filled with solution turned rough and slightly discoloured after afew months of use. How often should we change the plastic reservoir? Is there any type of plastic that we should not use for growing edibles in hydroponics?


I usually use a sponge to clean the plastic container everytime I change the solution. Usually, I will also take a sniff of the solution. If it smells acidic, likely there are some root rots for the plants. I find diluted solution with 1.0 or less usually have better results, roots are stronger and less likely to rot.

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Posted 07 June 2015 - 10:25 PM

I change my nutrient solution weekly and rinse it with my hands ...lol! My containers are food grade #2 so it is deemed relatively safe. I usually do a visual check and my sharp sense of smell will usually detect any odour. It is a good thing that I have alot of food grade containers to recycle and can toss out those that no longer look nice.
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Posted 19 June 2015 - 08:45 PM

A rare visitor to my garden - young Malayan Water Monitor Lizard. Almost 3 ft long.

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 08:47 PM

A rare visitor to my garden - young Malayan Water Monitor Lizard. Almost 3 ft long.

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 09:06 PM

Is that you catching it?
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Posted 20 June 2015 - 09:48 PM

Hehe....I am not so brave. This guy looks scary hiding under my tree. Actually, it is frightened and tired after running from house to house. A kind gentleman from Acres helped to capture it and send it back to its natural habitat.

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 09:37 PM

My roselle plants are close to 11 months and look like they will die soon. Little or no new leaves are growing on the branches. Tried growing new plants from branch stem cuttings to exelerate growth with little success. Started afew seedlings on standby and they seem to do better and are easy to germinate. What is your experience with stem cuttings?
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Posted 13 August 2015 - 06:41 PM

Found this poor newly hatched bird in my garden. It must have dropped from one of the trees high above. Hoping that its parents will find it before my cat! Don't know what breed this will grow up to be if it survives and what to do with it.

"Mama, where are you? I am cold and hungry!"
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Posted 13 August 2015 - 08:52 PM

Hope that you can locate the nest and place it back.
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Posted 14 August 2015 - 03:40 PM

Can't find the nest yesterday so I put it in a box with some newspapers outdoor. Unfortunately, it died.

I think I know who are its parents. Heard some loud "calling" this morning. Soon after, saw two small to medium sized grey birds (with white patch around eye) in my garden this morning. One was hoping frantically from branch to branch near the bushes where the fletchling was found and another stood guard at a partition wall. After a long "search", they flew away. I had spotted one of the birds yesterday at the same spot but paid no notice to it.

Spotted another pair of sunbirds checking out an old nest. This nest had hosted many pairs of sunbirds before. May see some action soon!
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Posted 14 August 2015 - 04:07 PM

I think it was a baby Spotted Dove, Streptopelia chinensis.
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Posted 14 August 2015 - 07:31 PM

View PostGraceS, on 02 July 2015 - 09:37 PM, said:

My roselle plants are close to 11 months and look like they will die soon. Little or no new leaves are growing on the branches. Tried growing new plants from branch stem cuttings to exelerate growth with little success. Started afew seedlings on standby and they seem to do better and are easy to germinate. What is your experience with stem cuttings?



How was the harvest from the mother plant? I tried out the roselle drink from DingTaiFung and it was really good!
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Posted 14 August 2015 - 08:27 PM

Think I have harvested about 50 to 60 roselle calyx over afew months per plant. I normally take 2 to 5 calyx at a time. The cuttings method did not work for me. Replanted with young seedlings.
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Posted 14 August 2015 - 09:00 PM

Roselle grown from stem cuttings will flower earlier than the seed-grown ones.
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