Monday, January 19, 2009

Embarassment of riches

The way from scarcity to abundance is sometimes a fastlane. The first year I grew vegetables indoors I used synthetizised fertiliser since it was easy to buy and handle. Later, when I felt more secure as an indoor gardener, I turned my attention to "natural" fertilizers, ie. poop, piss or rotten plants. You may understand why I hesitated to start this part of the experiment. Using my own urin from the start would have been an easy solution, but I didn't want my containers to start smelling.

When I had built my first vermicompost I eagerly awaited the famous worm liquid that would pour from it, odourless and a great 'food' for my plants.

It came. Drip by drip it came, and several times I hadn't enough to all my plants.

Do you believe me if I say this was a few weeks ago? Yesterday I poured of another half a liter (two cups) of the fluid - I have more than a litre (four cups) of it in the fridge. In addition I have the wondrous bokashi fluid, a great fertilizer in its own. I really have to sow more plants to get rid of the stuff!

The good news is I can do exactly that. Yesterday I sawed the pallets that blocked the access to my study window to pieces and sent them off. Today I'll go on a shopping spree to buy the items needed for my two new grow windows (plus a few rolls of flowery wall papers - of course I need a study with flowery wall paper). Things are progressing!

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If you remember my goals for 2009 I have a small update; since the seventh of january I've lost a kilo (~two pounds)! Jay, and if I hadn't managed to throw my pants in the dryer I'd feel a lot thinner now :) Sparkpeople is good stuff.

6 comments:

ceridwen said...

Hi

I'd be glad to see more information about your "natural fertilisers" as you call them...ie poop, piss etc. At least they cost nothing....a matter of increasing importance here in Britain.

We are being hit badly by the current economic situation - and now its starting to look like what I have feared for a while may come soon - ie Britain going bankrupt. So - all info. on growing food on the cheap is more than welcome in this direction with the scary circumstances we find ourselves in.

Hope things are looking a bit "brighter" for you in Sweden.

love

ceridwen
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Rosengeranium said...

Your wish is my command - I've just written a post on gold water (ie urin).

We've had a few close shaves in the credit crunch and people are loosing their jobs in Sweden too, but I think the current situation is better on the whole. I keep my fingers crossed for you.

ceridwen said...

hi rosengeranium

Maybe your bankers havent been able to mess up your country's finances as comprehensibly as ours have here in Britain!

We dont get much information at all about what is happening in other countries - so its difficult to compare.

Anyways - thanks for that "post" I see you have put in response to my query - will go off for a re-read of it.

love

ceridwen
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Rosengeranium said...

Oh, they did - in the beginning of the nineties. We've learned a few things. Unfortunately just a few things but I think that made us a bit better off.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rosengeranium!

I'm really impressed by your blog, though I've never grown more than a few herbs indoors. You are extremely knowledgeable! I found your blog through Spark and am glad I did. - Sara

Rosengeranium said...

Thanks Sara! Great to have you here!