Balcony Aquaponics

The system is assembled on the south-facing balcony. It has sun light for the whole day and being on a raised level it is the perfect location for my grow boxes. The contraption is actually a water circulating system for the grow box and the fish tank. Using a close loop ensures the water pressure is evenly... Continue Reading →

Water Water Cried the Lettuce

Remember the last complain about high humidity and fog? They are no more. In the past week, it has been 70% and temperature of 18-22C. Perfect weather for growing, and no doubt the lettuces and beans etc are all enjoying it. Instead of taking up about a liter of water per week the plants have... Continue Reading →

Sunshine, Oh So Brief!

I have not blogged for a couple of weeks, because, it was such horrible weather - rainy patches and cloudy sky for almost everyday - since my last post. Was it that the weather that made the plants so depressed or the people so unenergetic? Anyway, yesterday was full of sunshine and warmth, the whole day... Continue Reading →

Launch of New Site

Today is the launch of this new site for the slow food and slow farming experience. I call this my "Really Slow Cottage" experience. In the recent issue of Sai Kung Magazine a reader was fretting that there isn't much written material available in Hong Kong for growing and gardening that takes into consideration of the... Continue Reading →

Frost Bite Basil Plant

The weather has finally let up today. In the last few days it had been raining, fog covered and with temperature in the mid-teen, which I hardly think was frosty conditions. I did not get out and check the seedlings for three days, particularly I was travelling to Macau for Thursday and Friday, and yesterday it was so... Continue Reading →

Cruelty to Caterpillars

This morning, when I was getting ready to go to Macau I went around my garden and say good-bye to the troops. Despite the humid weather and constant rain the green off springs of the butterflies were at work. "Were," is the correct word to use as when I have spotted them I had to do the right thing... Continue Reading →

Backyard Garden Against Nature

As I was writing about the weather in my last post, the extreme wet humidity in the last week, and then the wetness went away with humidity dropped to 70%, but temperature also dropped from 19C to 12C. What can I do? Nothing! One has to live with nature, that may be why our ancestors consult the Almanac... Continue Reading →

“Move Earth” Says the Chinese Almanac

The Chinese Almanac, which our agricultural ancestors had use throughout the last two thousand years to give advice about planting, has indicated the last two days would be auspicious days for “moving earth” and “start trading”. It’s so happened that these are the wettest days of the month, up to 95% humidity, and you can... Continue Reading →

Zucchini Flower Opens Today

The seed for this plant was sewn on 3 December last year in a propagator. Each pod was filled by perlit in the base about 1 cm high and then filled up with scientific compose I bought from the Flower Market. The seedling popped up about 1 week later and by early January it was... Continue Reading →

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