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    Haven't done microgreens, but I have done sprouts (I guess the only difference is that sprouts grow in a wet jar, and microgreens grow in soil?). Sprouts are insanely easy...and delish.
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    i got to hang out at the UC berkeley botanical garden this past week (i very highly recommend this place) & experienced one of these plants and it was absolutely... exhilarating. in a quiet way. pretty flowers too. now interested in growing them... i wonder if i can do it
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    Quote Originally Posted by jigglypuff View Post


    i got to hang out at the UC berkeley botanical garden this past week (i very highly recommend this place) & experienced one of these plants and it was absolutely... exhilarating. in a quiet way. pretty flowers too. now interested in growing them... i wonder if i can do it
    I thought they grew as weeds. At least that is my experience. They also have thorns IIRC. I wasn't too crazy about them.

    Edit: ok he says it's a weed in the video
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    Heh. We've been here years now.

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    I saw a video a while back on plant learning, using mimosas...they'd drop them from a very low height at regular intervals, and eventually the plants became desensitized to it and wouldn't curl from the drop. If they dropped them in a different way, or at a different interval, they'd still curl up though, suggesting that they weren't just desensitized, they actually learned that the initial drops were not threatening...or something to that effect. Wish I could find the video again.
    ...the origin of emotional sickness lay in people’s belief that they were their personalities...
    "The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong." ~Carl Jung

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robcore View Post
    I saw a video a while back on plant learning, using mimosas...they'd drop them from a very low height at regular intervals, and eventually the plants became desensitized to it and wouldn't curl from the drop. If they dropped them in a different way, or at a different interval, they'd still curl up though, suggesting that they weren't just desensitized, they actually learned that the initial drops were not threatening...or something to that effect. Wish I could find the video again.
    Maybe jigglypuff can try touching them at the same time every day to see if the same thing happens.
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    Heh. We've been here years now.

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    I'm growing a few things on my balcony. I usually kill things, so I'm glad they're still alive. I just put them in some dirt and have been watering them.

    In particular, there's a tomato plant back there that's really shooting up.

    I have 8 chili plants, 8 basil, 10 tomato (I think), rocket, parsley, and two climbers: a blue potato bush, and jasmine. I'm hoping those two will grow along the length of the balcony. I may grow some poppies or something, just to try to fill out those two shelves. I'd like a kind of overgrown appearance.







    From my bedroom, I have this nice view with the plants:



    I think this one will start pumping out some tomatoes soon.



    This one on the left was looking a bit frail when I put it in this pot, and I think the roots have been struggling to establish themselves in the dirt. I'm going to buy some twigs to hold them up.


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    @scarydoor, nice use of balcony. A couple ideas to consider, though probably not attempt this season:

    Look into vertical farming and high density urban farming (which in my limited observation entails vertical farming). The gist is you turn things on their side. It maximized the amount vegetation you can have in a small footprint. My dad and I plan on doing a potato tower next year because being able to trick a plant into over-producing is pretty interesting.

    The second thing, which is the first thing that leapt to mind from those pictures was you have an opportunity to rig up a rainfall irrigation system.

    I'll just leave those ideas here and leave the fun part to your imagination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    Look into vertical farming and high density urban farming (which in my limited observation entails vertical farming). The gist is you turn things on their side. It maximized the amount vegetation you can have in a small footprint. My dad and I plan on doing a potato tower next year because being able to trick a plant into over-producing is pretty interesting.
    Yeah maybe. This is something I'm definitely interested in at some point. For the moment I probably can't be arsed. However, later, I'd like to turn my plants into cyborgs, yeah.

    The second thing, which is the first thing that leapt to mind from those pictures was you have an opportunity to rig up a rainfall irrigation system.
    Decent idea. However, it very rarely rains here. We're almost a desert. Actually it is raining now (okay the rain lasted 2 minutes and now we return to desert conditions), and I can't really remember when it last rained. We once went for over a year with not a single bit of rain (that was slightly rare, but demonstrates the concept). i.e. it's dry as fuck out here.

    So, my plants are growing.

    Here's an image that instagram prepared earlier:



    I like how this jasmine thingo wraps itself around stuff like this. It just does it by itself. At first I thought I might have to help it along, so I twisted it around something, then it kept going. I think it's growing at a rate of a few centimetres per day. Exciting to watch.



    Tomatoes. They are starting to develop some tomatoes. I learned that they self-pollinate or something. So, bees/insects can help this, and you can also slightly tap the guy which will encourages its stuff to float around the air and do its thing.



    Another shot of the jasmine and the leading tomato bush. We are currently in a heat wave, so they may be looking slightly stressed. It's good to face adversity though.



    I'm strugglilng to take a good picture of this one. My phone is a potato. Also, this is a potato bush. It's starting to grow very fast. It's almost to the point I will start growing it along the balcony railing, twisting around the fairy lights, so that I can start channelling positive energy or something. This guy hates the heat. He drops leaves at times, and seems to enjoy a bit of water.


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