7/09/2013

Blueberry & Cream Pops

Have an excess of blueberries right now?  Try these yummy treats.   

Combine 1&1/2 c blueberries, 1/2 c vanilla yogurt, and 1/4 c white sugar in a blender.  Layer the blueberry mixture and extra vanilla yogurt in popsicle molds and freeze. 

6/20/2013

Non edible crops

You can have beans coming out of your ears, run out of creative uses for zucchini, eat summer squash until the sight of it makes you ill, but you can never have too many flowers!



That's why even with my limited space, a good amount of real estate is devoted to zinnia and cosmos for cut flowers. I just need to find some more vases!

5/03/2013

Space-age plants

I got this cute LED growth light thanks to the folks at The LA Shop. That's right, the same technology that runs a digital clock can also grow plants!




LED growth lights would probably grow your food if you were on a space flight mission to Mars. They are more compact and more efficient than fluorescent lights, making them perfect for putting out high light intensity in a small space craft. Another advantage is LEDs don't generate much excess heat.
LEDs might also offer an alternative to fluorescents for the average home gardener for these same reasons. Plus they just look cool.
Notice they are only emitting red and blue light. That should work pretty well because that's the colors plants absorb the most from natural sunlight. Notice below how the three main pigments in leaves absorb these wavelengths of light the best.




I'm taking home my office plants for the summer break, so it's a perfect time to experiment. Looking forward to seeing how they grow!

4/13/2013

Hydroponics is not just for pot heads

I was amused by this news article about a Kansas couple who got raided possibly just because they bought some hydroponics supplies. The police swarmed in to find a few tomato and squash plants.
I'm glad I'm not the only plant geek who has played with hydroponics just because it seemed like a fun idea. In college a friend helped me engineer a windowsill hydroponics unit. I used it to grow houseplants. That's all. Really.