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Graham Chiu
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They say that garlic that is already sprouting is higher in nutrients than cloves, but I decided to try planting these to see if I can get larger or more likely earlier bulbs.

I placed their root plates into a little water and placed them on a sunny window sill on Saturday. And on Tuesday I remembered to look at them, and found that they had already sprouted roots.

And more interestingly those that I had placed into my expanded clay pellet hydroponic bed had even larger root growth.

Once the roots are a bit bigger they're all going into a garden bed. Hopefully the transition from water to soil won't hurt the roots too much.
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I placed these bok choy seeds into seed raising mix in mid December 2016, and then pricked the seedlings out at the cotyledon stage on the 29th December to the grow bag. Daylight hours were 15 and temperature above 12 deg C. On the 12th January they seem to be doing well, but today it looks as one has already started to bolt! So it may be too hot even though the temperature hasn't really gone much above 21 C, or it's just been too wet.

I'm going to move them out of the sun and rain, so hopefully in the shade they'll behave. But next year try planting much later!
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1/23/17
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This is a kiddie pool sub irrigation planter based on Larry Walls plans. The pool is drilled at 2 inches as overflow, and the grow bags are surrounded by stones to stop mosquitoes from breeding. The first photo is on the 17 Jan 2017 two weeks after it was constructed and planted with garlic chives, corn, spinach and one cauliflower. The cloche was there to stop the white butterfly laying eggs. The second photo is from yesterday and the plants have all grown well. The spinach has already started to bolt and I've pinched of all the flower clusters hoping to stop it, but we just too many day light hours above 14 when I planted them, or they were exposed to too much light in the nursery. Next year I'll have to plant my own seeds so that I plant it out in autumn when the temperature is consistently below 23 deg. C.
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1/22/17
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I transplanted these corn seedlings from bags, splitting up to 3 plants, and planting separately on the 18/12/2016. Location is an old native forest floor where we spent some time trying to remove the hedge bindweed. We then used the dried bindweed as a mulch, and today planted runner beans a couple of inches from the base of each plant in the second row. The corn was planted from kernels saved from last year's crop and is now suckering. Soil pH is 6.9 today while raining.
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1/21/17
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This choy sum failed to do much last year but I'm having another go this year. It's about 14 C now, and a rainy summer day, and I've cast some seed over this used seed raising mix. I should see germination in 6-10 days if someone remembers to keep the mix moist. And hopefully we'll be picking mid March 2017.


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And the use of paracetamol in pregnancy is again linked to ADHD http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11331644
Long-term Tylenol use may double the risk of certain blood cancers (http://1.usa.gov/RPfxS0). Even some of our safest drugs may have side effects, which is why plants might be a better option:
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