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  1. My garden is still getting started but here’s what’s blooming today.
  2. I'm not using commercial chemical fertilizers in my garden because of the hummingbirds, finches, tanagers, bunnies, hummingbird moths, lizards, and Western Box Turtles; instead I've been using organic fertilizer, aquarium water, and liquid kelp for years. I was just curious to see if anyone else is using their aquarium water in the garden.
  3. This stuff is delicious! Deadly on toast! Same ingredients as in the bottle. The recipe calls for white balsamic vinegar because it will create a light cover jelly. If you are unable to find it make it with the dark balsamic, but the jelly will be darker and have a more robust flavour. Remember when making jellies to not squeeze the jelly bag to speed juice collection, doing so may produce a cloudy jelly. This is from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. Roasted Garlic Jelly READY IN: 2hrs YIELD: 4 ounce jars UNITS: US INGREDIENTS 3 medium bulbs of garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, divided 1 cup dry white wine 2⁄3 cup water 1⁄2 cup white balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorn, crushed 3 tablespoons lemon juice 3 cups granulated sugar 2 (3 ounce) envelopes liquid pectin DIRECTIONS Cut off tops of garlic heads and place each head on a small square of foil set on a baking sheet. Top each head with 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp balsamic. Scrunch foil loosely around garlic heads and roast in a preheated oven until garlic is golden and very soft 45-60 minutes on 400. Let stand until cool. Separate cloves pinching each one to extract garlic. Discard the skins. In a medium saucepan, combine garlic, wine, water, white balsamic vinegar, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and boil gently for 5 minutes. Cover, remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Transfer garlic mixture to a dampened jelly bag or a strainer lined with layers of damp cheesecloth. Let drip 30 minutes. Measure 1 2/3 c of garlic juice. If you don't have the required amount add up to 1/4 c dry white wine or water. Meanwhile, prepare canner, jars and lids. Transfer garlic juice to a large deep saucepan. Stir in lemon juice and sugar. Over high heat, stirring constantly, bring to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Stir in pectin. Boil hard, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and quickly skim off foam. Quickly pour hot jelly into hot jars leave 1/4 in head space. Wipe rims and put lids and rings on. Place in canner, bring to boil and process 10 minutes.
  4. Gardener me pilfered supplies from fish keeping me... the siphon hose has just the right flow to slowly deep water/fertilize at the base off the plants without run-off. Bonus: I get to “multi-task” (aka wander off), and mix up 5G of fertilizer at once. Laziness is the mother off efficiency 😂 Anyone else have hobby mash-ups where another hobby informs the fish keeping, or the fish keeping informs another hobby? *disclaimer: the siphon has been permanently relegated to the garden shed, the bucket is out only for tank water.
  5. I'm thinking that, instead of simply disposing the aquarium water resulting from water changes, the aquarium water would make good garden fertilizer. The aquarium water contains nitrates, biodegradables and some nutrients, which the garden plants could utilize. Have you had experience with using the aquarium water as fertilizer or have some thoughts on whether this is a reasonable idea? Thanks.
  6. At least, according to my Croton. With all the changes I've been making, all of my houseplants have been getting only detritus-rich water from fish tanks. They're all happy, but apparently my Croton decided to take it a step further. It's blooming! Never done that before, and I've had this plant for YEARS. Check it out! Anyone else have houseplants that are absolutely flourishing because of a steady diet of fish poop water?
  7. Reading this book as we begin our gardening season here in FL. I came across this & thought, "Hey! that's what Nerms do at their aquariums! " So... what should Garden nerds be called? Because, I think I might be one of those too!
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