Microwaved water vs. kettle boiled water for plants – Part 8: Pinching Back

All six plants have grown taller than I’d like.  So, I’ve pinched them back a bit (removed the new growing tip from each plant), something I learned about when I used to dabble in bonsai.  I also raised the light again.

The first photo below shows the plants before starting these procedures.  The second and third show a plant before pinching and the same plant after being pinched.  The fourth shows the plants put back in place with the light raised.

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The Three Amigos [fail to] ride again

“It’s being billed as a chance for North American leaders to discuss jobs, security and disaster assistance, but the elephant in the Rose Garden on Monday just might be drug policy.”

It bloody well should be.


“The Harper government is proudly prohibitionist when it comes to drugs, and Obama hasn’t shown much public sympathy for the decriminalization arguments.”

Are they idiotic or evil? I’ll accept either.

Original story at http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/02/harper-3amigos.html

Microwaved water vs. kettle boiled water for plants – Part 7: Minor Status Update

March 27, 2012

Raised the grow light by three chain links to accommodate the height of the plants.  Every week or so, I’ve been adjusting the timer on the light to more-or-less correspond to sunrise and sunset.  As of this evening, it will go on at 7 am and off at 8 pm.

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Microwaved water vs. kettle boiled water for plants – Part 6: Staking

March 23, 2012

Morning: gave them each 1/4 cup water from the appropriate bottle.

Evening: the seedlings have grown a bit leggy and are starting to require support (see the first photo below), most likely a consequence of insufficient light compared to the temperature inside the room.  This might correct itself once the plants are moved outside but, for now, I have staked them with bamboo shish kabab sticks and string (see the second photo below).

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Microwaved water vs. kettle boiled water for plants – Part 5: Status Update

March 21, 2012

As you can see in the photo below, all six plants are doing well and there is no significant difference between the two groups, allowing for the fact that there will be variation and the numbers are few.  The three on the left are the ones receiving kettle-boiled water while the three on the right are getting microwaved water.

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Microwaved water vs. kettle boiled water for plants – Part 1: The Concept

 

I recently became aware of a web page that purports to show the difference between watering plants with water that has been heated in a microwave and water boiled by more traditional means.  Supposedly, the plant that was fed the microwaved water died while the other did not.  You can see that page here.

Naturally, I went to Snopes to see if they’d looked into it.  They had and, as I expected, they considered the claim to be false.  You can see their page about it here.

Why leave good enough alone, though?  I’m going to try the experiment myself.

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