Micro Hybrid Hydroponic Apartment Gorilla Gardening

The name that has been coined by my boyfriend for this set up is “Micro Hybrid Hydroponic Apartment Gorilla Gardening”.

We have taken a fish tank and a pump and attached drip heads to the piping for containers. Any of the “run off” from 2 of the pots goes right back into the tank, and when I fill my fountain the water above a certain point will go in as well.

This is basically Phase one.

This is the before:


Here is the right now:


The pots are on some black wire shelving to get them up high enough for the fish tank.


You can just see the tank. The water is clear so it basically disappears. Of course as I use this the water is not likely to stay clear. At some point I will put fish in the tank as well. The fish poop will be good for the plants.


The small black spot is actually a drain. It is small because we wanted to do something that could be easily plugged while we tested the concept.


These are sprinkler heads. There is not really enough pressure for them to so the spray they can do. The pump we are using is not very powerful.

The deck and the attached closet needed some cleaning and an overall overhaul. I have things that should be thrown away, and things I am not using that I should give away.

At this point in the design of this system we have spent $50. That includes some items that have not been delivered to be used for soil sensors, and some pumps that we are going to make solar-powered.

Stay tune. More as we go.

If you have any questions about the plants on the deck, or anything about this project please feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks for dropping by.


California Redwood

On August 5th, 2013 I received a present. A very cute Coastal Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens). 001 004 003

I planted it temporarily in a 2 liter bottle. I didn’t have a pot ready to use, and I didn’t want the little guy to wait too long to get his roots into some soil.

August 5,2013 - Redwood seedling planted in a cut bottle.

August 5,2013 – Redwood seedling planted in a cut bottle.

I left him in the bottle for a few months. I put some moss around on top of the soil to prevent it from drying out. In September it was already putting out new growth.


In December I was able to re-pot into a larger pot.

New Pot form my Sequoia

New Pot for my Sequoia

I took some new pictures this morning. It has new growth and almost looks like it has 3 trunks.

Sequoia in spring.

Sequoia in spring.

This little guy came from Jonsteen Company. They have a wide selection of baby redwoods. I have been so pleased with this company, and the trees that I gifted my very beautiful cousin one for her wedding. I got for her a Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum).

The wedding tree.

The wedding tree.

Wedding Present for my Cousin.

Wedding Present for my Cousin.

The theme of the wedding was burlap and lace. Here is the tree and the calligraphy I did to commemorate the event.

A friend, Janet, helped me with the matting and frame. The sapling flew to the east coast for the wedding, in my carry on.


Wedding tree, potted.


Growing a Beet!

So I joined a contest to grow the largest beet. It was sponsored by My Small Town Garden, on Facebook. We were all sent seeds of the Mangel Beet. I planted mine at the end of November, and was rewarded with a seedling by December 9th.

Baby beet on December 9th 2013

Baby beet on December 9th 2013

My beet was not grown inside, but it was in a container, and we did have some cooler weather then I expected. In the last month it seemed to have taken off. Although it didn’t get very big. It is more like a radish.


2014-03-30 Just before being ‘harvested’


2014-03-30 Beet and greens, cleaned, and getting ready to at least measure.


2014-03-30 beet 3 inches x 1 inch, weight unknown

I was unable to weigh the cute little thing. My scale seems to be broken. And it didn’t weigh enough to register on my bathroom scale.

So the winner of this competition was the person that could grow the biggest, heaviest beet, one of 2 ways. Either outside or inside. I am not really sure I qualified for either, since although it was outside, it was in a container. I also didn’t fuss a lot about soil, fertilizer or anything. I did make sure it was in the sun, and got regular watering.


Culling Plants

The one maple tree I have found in California. White Cloud Mt.

The one maple tree I have found in California. White Cloud Mt.

When you have a collection of plants, and limited space, how do you get rid of ones you no longer want, or have room for. It seems such a waste to throw them away. And in my case I don’t have pots I can put them in to give them away. Also many times I have no one who really wants them.  Continue reading