Updated: Indoor Hydroponic Potatoes

I am determined to grow potato’s indoor and hydroponically.  I have a sweet potato, a purple potato and a butterball potato in a general hydroponics drip watering system.  I have a 400 watt metal halide grow light that is running an 18 hour cycle which seems to be working well.  I have planted the potato’s in perlite and have a feeling that the soil is not heavy enough to cause the potato’s to produce.  Pictures to be posted soon…

Indoor Hydroponic Potatos
My Indoor Hydroponic Potatos

Indoor Hydroponic Potatos



Hemp prevents Staph Infections, Really?

Culture of s Staph Infection

Culture of s Staph InfectionRampant staph infections continue to cost lives unnecessarily.  One powerful weapon to fight this scourge is being successfully deployed by China’s military: industrial hemp.  Staph is spread by direct contact and by touching items that are contaminated such as towels, sheets, privacy curtains, and clothing.  As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle, “It is estimated that each year 2 million Americans become infected during hospital stays, and at least 90,000 of them die.  MRSA (an antibiotic resistant strain of staph) is a leading cause of hospital-borne infections.”  One of the most important recent discoveries is hemp’s ability to kill surface bacteria, while cotton, polyester, and polyethelyne allow it to remain on their surfaces for up to months at a time.

Unknown to many, hemp fabrics exist in today’s market that can replace each of these transmission prone hospital items.  Technological improvements for hemp textile development began in the early 90s when EnviroTextile’s lead textile engineer, Barbara Filippone, began working with hemp in China.  To date, the company has over 100 hemp and hemp blended fabrics available to suit any traditional fabric application.  In addition to staph resistance, other tests show hemp fabrics superior resistance to UV and infrared wavelengths, providing multiple applications for military use.

Hemp fabric was tested against two bacteria strains, Staphylococcus Aureus (staph) and Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia).  The fabric tested was a hemp blend, 60% hemp and 40% rayon.  The staph test sample was already 98.5% bacteria free during the first measurement of the testing, while the pneumonia fabric sample was 65.1% bacteria free.  These results, even prior to the tests completion, clearly display the fabrics unique capability at killing bacteria and reducing their spread.  This is especially imperative for healthcare facilities.

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Indoor Sustainable Garden – Hydroponic PH Level

Slow Growing- Indoor sustainable gardenLet me start this off by saying that my water, out of the faucet,has a PH level of 7.1-7.3 depending on the time of day as far as I can tell and thus is an ideal hydroponic PH level… SO, I have hydroponic PH level reduction in everything I do because the plants I grow do not like this.  Remember that I am growing strawberries,an avocado tree, spinach, tomatoes,squash, peas and a few other things yummy things.  As with any garden, when the pH is not at the proper level the plant will lose its ability to absorb some of the essential elements required for healthy growth. For all plants there is a particular pH level that will produce optimum results (see chart 1 below). This pH level will vary from plant to plant, but in general most plants prefer a slightly acid growing environment (between 5.5-6.0), although most plants can still survive in an environment with a pH of between 5.0 and 7.5.

When the hydroponic pH level rises in the solution above 6.5 some of the nutrients and micro-nutrients begin to precipitate out of solution and can stick to the walls of the reservoir and growing chambers. For example: Iron will be about half precipitated at the pH level of 7.3 and at about 8.0 there is virtually no iron left in solution at all. In order for your plants to use the nutrients they must be dissolved in the solution. Once the nutrients have precipitated out of solution your plants can no longer absorb them and will suffer deficiency and death if left uncorrected. Some nutrients will precipitate out of solution when the pH drops also.

Plant pH Range

Great, now armed with the “correct hydroponic PH level” for each of my plants I had the joy of figuring out what each was at and how to make them right.
I placed a call to the Chris at the local hydroponics store and dove right into my issues. He suggested a “Hanna Checker” (portable PH tester) and had one in stock. I also picked up a “Hanna Primo” (EC and TDS tester, also handheld) and was back to the garden to see what I could do about my PH issues.
Now ready to go with one of the most high-tech ways to check my pH, I grabbed the meter. I simply dipped the electrode into the nutrient solution for a few moments and the pH value is displayed on an LCD screen. I did this for all my plants and added distilled white vinegar to each that needed reduction until I achieved what that plant needed for its hydroponic ph level.

Hydroponic PH Levels are incredible important and I hope you take care to insure your are at the proper level so that your indoor sustainable garden can thrive!

Avocados are Amazing so I am growing one…

Purple Avocado with a nice seed
Growing an avocado using the toothpick method
Growing an avocado using the toothpick method

Avocado’s are amazing and most people have no idea the magic that happened to get that avocado onto their plate.  Every since I was a kid I found the huge avocado seed as intriguing.  Why so big? What does it look like? But most importantly, how can I make this thing grow.   I have fond memories of my mother helping me to stab the sides of the avocado with toothpick and then precariously hang it partially dipping in water but we always failed.  Never did we get so much as a root and for years the mystery would be back-burner-ed as other things in life took priority.

Purple Avocado with a nice seedNow older and much less wiser than that know it all kid, I decided to try my luck again with the avocado seed.  I have always enjoyed gardening so this was right up my alley.  We eat a lot of avocados between my wife, myself and the 4 kids and so I had my pick of seeds to start with and choose the perfect one. It seemed poised to crack open and bring life to the huge seed.  As I have always failed with the “toothpick method” I chose to pull a different approach… I tossed it into water for a few days and then planted it with only half the seed under ground and the other half getting direct sunlight (natural warmth).  Well, I am happy to report that the seed has sprouted and is slowly reaching for the sky!  The leaves are a beautiful color and I am extremely excited about the project.  I look forward to growing this avocado tree and will report on the progress right here….

For those of you that love avocados but do not really know where they come from I suggest you continue reading below…

Avocado tree with almost ripe avocado'sAvocado Nutrition Facts

  • Avocados contain just 5 grams of fat per serving.
  • Avocados contain NO cholesterol and NO sodium.
  • Avocados contain 60% more potassium per ounce than bananas!
  • Avocados are high in fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and folate.

Avocado come from Avocado trees that can grow as tall as 20-40 feet tall.

Indians in tropical America break avocados in half, add salt and eat with tortillas and a cup of coffee—as a complete meal. In North America, avocados are primarily served as salad vegetables, merely halved and garnished with seasonings, lime juice, lemon juice, vinegar, mayonnaise or other dressings. Often the halves are stuffed with shrimp, crab or other seafood. Avocado flesh may be sliced or diced and combined with tomatoes, cocumbers or other vegetables and served as a salad. The seasoned flesh is sometimes used as a sandwich filling. Avocado, cream cheese and pineapple juice may be blended as a creamy dressing for fruit salads.

Mexican guacamole, a blend of the pureed flesh with lemon or lime juice, onion juice or powder, minced garlic, chili powder or Tabasco sauce, and salt and pepper has become a widely popular “;dip”; for crackers, potato chips or other snacks. The ingredients of guacamole may vary and some people add mayonnaise.

Because of its tannin content, the flesh becomes bitter if cooked. Diced avocado can be added to lemon-flavored gelatin after cooling and before it is set, and chunks of avocado may be added to hot foods such as soup, stew, chili or omelettes just before serving. In Guatemalan restaurants, a ripe avocado is placed on the table when a hot dish is served and the diner scoops out the flesh and adds it just before eating. For a “;gourmet”; breakfast, avocado halves are warmed in an oven at low heat, then topped with scrambled eggs and anchovies.

In Brazil, the avocado is regarded more as a true fruit than as a vegetable and is used mostly mashed in sherbet, ice cream, or milk shakes. Avocado flesh is added to heated ice cream mixes (such as boiled custard) only after they have cooled. If mashed by hand, the fork must be a silver one to avoid discoloring the avocado. A New Zealand recipe for avocado ice cream is a blend of avocado, lemon juice, orange juice, grated orange rind, milk, cream, sugar and salt, frozen, beaten until creamy, and frozen again.

Some Oriental people in Hawaii also prefer the avocado sweetened with sugar and they combine it with fruits such as pineapple, orange, grapefruit, dates, or banana.

In Java, avocado flesh is thoroughly mixed with strong black coffee, sweetened and eaten as a dessert.

Avocado slices have been pickled and marketed in glass jars. California began marketing frozen guacamole in 1951, and a frozen avocado whip, developed at the University of Miami, was launched in 1955. To help prevent enzymatic browning of these products, it is recommended that sodium bisulfite and/or ascorbic acid be mixed in before freezing.

Drone with full time fisheye view – 1.8gigapixel

Drone with suspected ARGUS test pod being tested over the USA

Drone with suspected ARGUS test pod being tested over the USA1 million terrabytes a day, guess the new CIA datacenters will be storing your and my day to day activity so they can catch the criminals that did something last week. Truly amazing and scary technology depending on where the data is gathered, who has access, and ultimately how it is being used. LiveLeak.com turned me on to this story with this teaser:

1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World’s highest resolution video surviellience platform by DARPA
Interesting…, wait… 1.8GP… Anyway… On we go into the darkest shadow weapons the USA has to offer

The ARGUS array is made up of several cameras and other types of imaging systems. The output of the imaging system is used to create extremely large, 1.8GP high-resolution mosaic images and video.

The U.S. Army, along with Boeing, has developed and is preparing to deploy a new unmanned aircraft called the “Hummingbird.” It’s is a VTOL-UAS (vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial system). Three of them are being deployed to Afghanistan for a full year to survey and spy on Afghanistan from an altitude of 20,000 feet with the ability to scan 25 square miles of ground surface.

Criminals for a Disarmed Public

Obama will be by later for his taxes

“I break the law for a living, I’m a professional” – Home Invasion Specialist

Criminals everywhere are sick of facing the possibility of being shot when they kick in your door and would really like the security of knowing that the next door they head out to rape and pillage that their victims are not allowed to have a gun. Criminals for gun control is a tax-free organization under the Obama administration and is fully supported by your generosity.

Unarmed Public + Armed Goverment = Slavery?

Obama speaking about the budget and green energy

Is an unarmed public being controlled by an armed government really just a form of slavery? History has shown that governments disarm people in order to maintain power and control.

This is a interesting and powerful video on historic facts and reasons why you should support the 2nd amendment and the rights of the people of this great country!.

You think mass killings of political dissidents couldn’t happen in the United States? Think again.

The 2nd amendment was created so that you as a person can defend yourself from many, many monopolies in life…
Here is another video about what the 2nd amendment is for.

IRS Raids have begun – You next?

IRS may take what you built under Obama

IRS may take what you built under ObamaIt has started. If this does not get your attention, nothing will. You’ll remember a year or so go, Obama hired an astronomical amount of IRS agents. Well it wasn’t for doing your tax returns. Aggressive seizures of property during raids on places of business. Treated like a criminal without any charges but the IRS can do this under the Obama administration…

Only a few crazy people will act out, the majority will understand what Martin Niemöller warned us about.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

Real Crime Statistics

Nobody is talking about the real crime statistics. Nobody is taking credit for crime going down, rather they are demonizing weapons…. This video is a must watch if you want to argue for or against guns as the reason people are being killed…

This guy clearly knows what he is talking about…Less guns does not mean less violent crime