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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Do it yourself - self watering plant pot


Things are all fine until we go for holidays for our plants especially the indoor beauties. I have tried self-watering plastic bottles with cotton wicks while away on holidays and it had served the purpose very well. 


Recently I began researching more about organic vegetables growing that led me to self-watering plant pots. Read a lot about watering, organic manures, organic pests repellents, organic seeds etc. There are plenty of commercial plant pots that are self-watering but expensive. So I thought of making one like this one with materials available locally.


Here is a plastic plant pot. I have kept two stones inside so that the square blue plastic sheet you will find below will fit perfectly about an inch above the base of this pot. Holes were put on this blue sheet and two cotton wicks inserted. Below this water will be collected and above this blue sheet good quality soil, cocopeat, vermicompost and a little neem cake powder were put. 


A small hole was also put on the brick colored plant pot about an inch above the base so that excess water may be drained out. I have not fixed a plastic tube that extends from the top of the soil to the base reservoir because this is a small pot and I am quite sure that I can control watering this plant to prevent overflow and over-watering. For bigger pots it is better to use a plastic tube to pour water that reaches directly the reservoir at the base so that the source of water is at the base and water absorption takes place from below. No top soil watering in this case. Also no need to keep the plant pot on a base plate here to collect excess water like we do in normal plant pots if we can control watering.

As you know cocopeat has great water retention properties. Neem cake prevents pests invasion and Vermicompost is rich in plant nutrients. The excess water that we pour together with the nutrients will collect in the reservoir. It will be absorbed by the wick by capillary action and enters the soil.

So this should work for 3 - 5 days even if we are not available at home to feed these beauties. For more days go for bigger pots and reservoirs.

You are all familiar with the second plant :) It is an easy care indoor plant that figured in NASA's list of awesome indoor plants which purify indoor air.
But what about the first dark green plant ?
Please name it :)

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Silent night, holy night...


Silent night, holy night...
With his magical voice Elvis, only Elvis, made this song divine !

Merry Christmas !


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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Backbone, a sculptural installation by Shanthamani Muddaiah at Aspinwall house grounds, venue of Kochi - Muziris biennale 2014


Nestling on the beautiful grounds of the Aspinwall house lies this brilliant sculptural installation !
'Backbone' was created by Shanthamani Muddaiah.


This art work has captivated me. Spent a lot of time appreciating it and taking pictures. An awesome work, no doubt !


This beautiful coastal land full of greenery has a rich and colorful history. Blessed by natural beauty, suitable for the growth of exotic spices and condiments, inhabited by simple souls centuries ago, life here was peaceful. They welcomed visitors with great hospitality. Visitors wanted business relations as well that turned later on to hostile take overs and acquisitions.


Standing here all these thoughts surfaced in my mind like an archaeological excavation. Each and every piece we have unearthed are precious, they all have awesome stories to tell, the nature here speaks volumes, only we need to listen like a meditation, the backbone of events that shaped the lives of scores of generations who lived here. Moreover, still it is getting reflected on one and all; we experience it...just be here :)


One of the best !


Cinder and cement...awesome !


Thanks for portraying such a brilliant, thought provoking work :)


http://www.shanthamani.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AiFT-fViHU  watch artist interview.

Visit my other blog for more about Kochi - Muziris biennale 2014.
www.magicalpresent.blogspot.com     Started a series about this historic art event yesterday. You will see lot of posts from me about this awesome event in the coming days.
http://www.kochimuzirisbiennale.org


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Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas decorations !


Malls, shops and public places here have already being decorated welcoming Christmas !
We visited Oberon mall the other day. The whole place looked really wonderful !


www.oberonmall.com

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Elephant wearing Nettippattom in the heart of city !



Well...this is not a real elephant but a life size model !

I shot this in front of Penta Menaka, a popular shopping complex at Marine drive in Kochi. It looked real...amazing ! An air pump was attached to it by which the trunk was moving.

'Nettippattom', an ornamental gold plated sacred caparison is worn over elephant's forehead during temple festivals in Kerala. Now-a-days miniature versions of this beautiful caparison you will see in cars and houses also. Being sacred it is thought to bring prosperity.

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