We had quite a bit of wind on Friday, and the leafier plants were pulled out about half an inch, losing their support and tipping over.   I was a bit dismayed, not sure whether to leave them be and see what happens, or try to fix them somehow.   I read in the Backyard Aquaponics forums that others simply put 500 sticks in there to hold things up, so I figured I would do the same.  Here are some before and after pictures…   I am happy to see that today they are doing well on their own.


Every now and then, along comes a craving, a taste, a sensation that overcomes, no, overwhelms you.   I love pumpkin pie.  I also like a good beer.   Melding those two together, you get pumpkin beer.   St Arnolds presents the 10% ABV Pumpkinator, at $7.99 a bottle.   It’s an “Imperial Pumpkin Stout”, so they say.  I bought two.  Last night I drank one and wasn’t wowed by it, but liked it a bit – it has a very frothy full head and deep pumpkin stouty flavor.  Tonight I am consuming the other one, and am liking it quite a bit more!   It’s certainly different and unique.  Good to have now and again.  I’ll get it again next year.

Water beer joke

Three leaders of the big beer companies meet for a drink. The president of Budweiser orders a Bud. Miller’s president orders a Millers and the president of Coors orders a Coors. When it is Guinness turn to order he orders a soda. “Why didn’t you order a Guinness?” everyone asks. “Nah,” Guinness replies. “If you guys aren’t having a beer, neither will I.”

Growbed #2 Is Ready

I got a good bit of work done on the rocks for the second growbed done this past weekend, and it’s finally finished.  Very exciting – I have now doubled my plant growing space!   Just in time, too, as the sun has now moved lower in the sky for winter season, only shining directly on part of the first growbed, but all of the second.   I transplanted two artichoke plants and a bunch of red pepper plants to the new growbed.   I also hope to plant some celery and perhaps some garlic chives… maybe more spinach.

I’ve no idea really why I threw in the red bell pepper seeds – it’s not a cold weather plant!   But if they survive the winter, perhaps they will be all the closer to fruiting in the spring.

I’ve still a lot to learn about vegetable gardening – growing techniques, harvesting, etc.  Perhaps that’s why I’m doing a variety, just to see what happens.

The water test is looking better – I had hoped pH would be lower by now, and have even added some HCl acid, but will keep doing so bit by bit.   Nitrates have gone up a good bit!   That’s great – fertilizer for the plants.  Also, it means I need more plants – not a bad thing.