Note: to see all the posts in this series, go here.
It’s time to transplant the plants, which means that the experiment has ended. After almost three months, there is no appreciable difference between the plants which received kettle-boiled water and those that received microwaved water. So, I think it’s reasonable to conclude that there most probably is nothing that microwaves do to water that is likely to be any more harmful to living organisms than is any other method of heating water.
Even before I began the experiment, I was very confident that this would be the result. So, I was not an unbiased experimenter and the experiment was not double-blind but I did my best to conduct the experiment fairly and honestly.
The first image photo below shows one plant from the microwave group and one from the kettle group. I doubt that you can tell which is which. The second and third images show the plants from the microwaved and boiled groups, respectively.
You can see that the plants have suffered from neglect (lack of water, being left outdoors in cold weather) but have recovered with some healthy new growth. All six plants were stressed equally and I think they’ve recovered more-or-less equally, allowing for the natural differences from plant to plant.
Four of the six plants have been transplanted, two to a traditional container and two to special bags designed for growing tomatoes upside down. One from each group is in the container and in each of the two bags. I don’t remember which is which and that’s okay because, most probably, it’s a difference that doesn’t make any difference.
So, why did the plants in to original experiment, to which I linked in the first post in this series, shows such different results? I don’t know. Perhaps the experimenters unwittingly made a mistake which killed the plant receiving the microwaved water or maybe that plant just happened to contract some sort of disease. To be fair, one can’t completely discount the possibility that they intentionally sabotaged the experiment in order to achieve a result that corresponded to their beliefs.