(Updates) New method | (Sown) Tea tree and chamomile

Recycling pop bottles – creating a water reservoir

I clicked on a link a member posted in the Green Culture Singapore forum on using pop bottles to plant stuff. The only reason why I never thought of it before was that I was afraid the plants would get wet feet and rot.

But after seeing the site, I decided to give mine a go using the site’s way of soil and having a water reservoir, in addition to me already recycling the bottles for hydroponics. So…

Recycled bottles

I added a cord of twine to aid in the wicking/capillary action. We’ll see how well this method works.


Soil with vermiculite in the cut top half of the bottle.


The twine.


Pak choy

I sowed about six pak choy seeds in pure vermiculite with hydroponics solution around the 15th of April to allow quicker sprouting and experimentation.

Today, I transferred two seedlings each into different mediums/methods:
1. Pure hydroponics
2. Semi-hydroponics
3. Soil with water reservoir.

The aim is to find out the taste differences between edibles grown in different mediums.


The six bottles.


The two in pure hydroponics held up with a rooting cube.


Semi-hydro – planted them in a thumbpot of soil with a cord of twine to draw hydroponics solution upwards using capillary action.


Pure soil using a water reservoir. Also with a cord of twine.


This is how it looks like.


From the top.


The twine.


Rocket

The two rocket seedlings transferred to pure hydro solution is doing quite well. Just did a solution change since the old one was filled with algae.


The roots.


Tea tree and chamomile

Sowed tea tree and chamomile seeds (thank you Petunia for the chamomile seeds!) in water reservoir method.

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(Home-made stuff) NPK values of fish emulsion and seaweed extract

I went to research on the NPK value of most commercial fish emulsion, and it’s listed as 5-2-2 or 5-1-1. While the values may seem small, apparently, these values are the organic and breakable compounds in the emulsion. There is a greater percentage of compounds of NPK which needs bacteria to break them down. So, the numbers can be higher.

Same for seaweed extract, with a supposed NPK of 0-0-1.

I refer everyone to this site I googled up:
How do you make homemade Fish/Seaweed Emulsion?