Even though my Bathroom Farm is still very much in the planning stages, I am devoting daily activity to bring it into being. The first thing to consider is the space itself which is scheduled to be renovated beginning next week. I will gain needful electrical circuits and a more desirable wall paint. The room is now painted with semigloss paint which will be changed to flat paint to optimize specialty lighting to be installed later. You might think this is all wrong and that a shinier paint surface is better. What shininess does is create warm and cool spots and I am trying to avoid this. Even the snapshot of the bare wall in the Bathroom Farm post below supports this.
I choose my favorite "anything shops" by proximity to bus routes and lucky for me this one is on TWO of the routes that border my neighborhood, in an urban shopping development just a few miles away! There is also a drug store and grocery store there as well AND a hardware store also selling gardening supplies. Because I have walked my 'green' talk for quite sometime, I am very well acquainted with this corner.
Paperwhites are a real curiosity to people who are unfamiliar with them because I put them in a container with rocks and add water and they just grow. Like any bulb, everything they need for life is already self-contained and because they are essentially a one-time decorative plant, no dirt is required. A few years ago, I learned a cool little trick about growing them I want to share.
Their only drawback is sometimes they grow tall and leggy and can possibly topple a small or lightweight container with their top-heaviness once they bloom. By - get ready for this - adding alcohol (meaning booze) to the water, it is possible to stunt the growth of the stalks and produce a more compact plant! Seriously. This horticulture research was conducted by Cornell University and I tested it out myself on a few occasions and it works great!
CLICK HERE TO READ HOW TO 'PICKLE YOUR PAPERWHITES!'
In case you are intrigued by my neighborhood, I've included a link to The Magnificent Ambersons, the first book inspired by Woodruff Place, a town separate from Indianapolis until 1962. One of the minor themes in the book is the emergence and reluctant acceptance of the automobile. Many of the local tycoons building houses here were involved in the Indianapolis automobile industry which produced 2,500 makes and models of cars until it was eclipsed by Detroit. It is also interesting to note that the houses built by these automotive industrialists had the biggest and fanciest carriage houses in Woodruff Place. I wonder how much confidence they actually had in their products!
In case you are wondering, the personal production of food is NOT prohibited by the Food Safety bill recently passed by the United States Senate. I received a gracious letter today from Senator Richard Lugar clarifying this. In other words, all systems are "go" with my Bathroom Farm!