Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Plants Inside

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden -- Thomas Jefferson

While the gardener is passionate about growing a lush garden with healthy plants, there are still plenty to learn about plants and their needs especially when circumstances changed. 

While the Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum) and Satin Pothos (Scindapsus pictus 'Argyraeus') were doing really well with their 'feet' in a pot of water, the rest of my plants that I have placed inside were 'stressed'. 

My terrarium was not given enough attention when I just left this one near the window. The dry and hot spell we had a few weeks ago kind of burnt the plants. The fern inside the terrarium was 'cooked' hence discarded. I had also pruned the Bubble Plants and used the stems to propagate new plants...

Keeping my fingers crossed after I watered the little plants, dug out some ugly green mosses, trimmed off some yellowed and browned leaves and cleaned the glass inside and outside. Now I have to remember that I can't leave terrariums to too much heat and light.  

Meanwhile, I have to go look for other plants that can fit into the space left vacant by the ones I have discarded -- as it is looking bare and quite unsightly. Any suggestions?

The other terrarium is thriving well and the plant, Snakeskin Plant (Fittonia albivenis) inside seems to have grown taller but lanky and touching the lid already. 

Spot the pink flamingo inside the terrarium... and the little pond besides the bird? So glad to see no mould or unwanted mosses growing on them :-)

The strong sunlight must have bleached the leaves. The colour of leaves that are facing the window is not as brilliant as before. 

Top view of the garden inside...

Meanwhile, my Marimo (Cladophora aegagropila) is forming another new baby moss. It is interesting to watch how the moss ball grow bigger and multiply like this.

Happy creating a lush garden with plants growing happily and wonderfully :-D

PS: Here is how I created my terrarium - It's a Small World

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Captain Ozone

Anyone seen the new Captain America movie? Comic superhero comes to life on-screen... I thoroughly enjoyed the show and wish he was real in the light of the rising crime rate ;-)

In conjunction with Earth Day month, I would like to dedicate this post for those who care for Mother Earth. Anyone heard of Garbage Enzyme? It has been promoted a long time ago by the inventor, Dr Rosukon Poompanyong. 

She has been involved in enzyme research for more than 30 years and is a pioneering farmer in organic movement and the founder of the Organic Agriculture Association in Thailand. 

The benefits of Garbage Enzyme are countless. In the garden, the enzyme can be a natural pesticide, soil improver as well as an organic fertiliser. It converse ammonia to nitrate, a nutrient that would help boost fruit and vegetable quality and increase agriculture output. 

The organic substance can also be utilised as an air and water purifier, household cleaning agent, insecticide, natural antiseptic and also to remove debris that have clogged the pipes or toilet bowls.

To make the enzyme, start by cutting fruit peels into small pieces and dung them into prepared sugar water. If you do not have enough peels at one go, you can top it up later to achieve a final ratio of 1 part sugar, 3 parts kitchen waste and 10 parts water. 

Mark the start date of the production time on a self-stick label.

Release gas to prevent the bottle from bursting as the mixture will produce gases that increase pressure within the bottle. Open the cap daily for the first month and when necessary for the rest of the brew time. 

After at least 3 months of fermentation period, separate the residue by filtering garbage with a strainer.

Read more about the enzyme in my article that was published in the News Straits Times today.

Ozone gas (O3) is released right from the beginning of the Garbage Enzyme fermentation. O3 reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and heavy metals in the clouds that traps heat. When heat is able to be released into space, the Earth is cooler :-D

My garden 'heart' Garbage Enzyme :-)

Osmanthus fragrans
Sweet Olive or Fragrant Olive

Be Captain Ozone!