Date: 29 October 2018. Breezy the Sea
Urchin Octopus (and sprouting too)
It all started with
Pinterest. I enjoy spending time wandering around there. I
suspect it is mostly a girl-thing. As a side note, you must register
to view the site. As I was perusing, I spotted the coolest sea
urchin shell with an air plant. It looked like a baby octopus. I wanted one!
Then my friend Cheryl surprised me
with the very thing I had been wishing for.
I named her ↑ Breezy. She lived
down below just outside of the shower.
Each Monday Breezy had a bath in a bowl of fresh water:
Thirty minutes in room temperature water was the
formula I followed.
After her swim I would again return
her to the head. The light down there is indirect.
After a time I noticed Breezy was
not as plump and vigorous as when I received her.
To solve that I placed her under a blue strainer. It kept the plant
under the water.
Breezy received a bath every Monday
for several weeks. She was getting more dehydrated.
Thus I started putting her in water every few days for a half hour
or so. Nothing helped.
Cheryl also made herself a sea urchin
just like mine. She named hers LuLu.
This is LuLu.
↓ When I was talking with Cheryl
I asked how LuLu was doing. She sent this picture:
I can see how plump and green LuLu
Because LuLu continued doing so well, I
had to try more. My Breezy was placed in the pilothouse where she got
more light. I also have had her in the head with standard ambient
light. Finally I tried tucking her into a corner with
minimal light. Nothing helped.
In pondering the situation I
decided that perhaps the hydroponics nutrient boost
Breezy is floating in water with
Sprouting, FloraGro and Hydroponics
I have been growing sprouts for years. As the
weight came off [see the
A Day of Reckoning (the diet)
article] I started eating more sprouts. They fill me
up and are healthy too.
Quite frankly those commercials
regarding "roughage" that I remembered from so long ago no longer
seem so weird. Sprouts provide fiber. Additionally they expand the
quantity of food without an undue increase in calories.
My goal is to
augment sprouts with seedlings. Thus, the interest in hydroponics. I
believe I can have a miniature garden supplying a greater part of my
daily salads by using hydroponics.
My first attempt was not totally
successful. That is why I purchased
FloraGro. Once I know how best
to make hydroponics work on a boat, I'll post an article.
Sprouts are Easy!!! I grow almost
everything in spice jars. If you're a soloist, start saving
your empty jars. Couples will need larger containers. I opted
for thrift store glass spice bottles. I selected shorter jars
as I can keep them clean more easily.
Starter how-to for
Growing Lentil Sprouts
By growing my own
sprouts I am able to enjoy fresh salads every day of the week. I
enjoy a variety of sprouts including broccoli, wheat berries, mung beans, lentils, Chinese cabbage, radishes and more. All this is
done aboard my 23' long boat.
What you'll need: Spice jars or,
if you're a part of a couple, canning jars. Figuring 1/2 cup per
serving, you would want to have either 1/2c jelly jars or the
larger 1c size. NOT LARGER. You're on a boat, not in a house with
unlimited shelf space.
I chose spice jars because I can
grow a half dozen different sprouts in a very small area. Each day
I start a new jar or two, keeping ten or twelve going most of the
Because I like lots of
choices, I simultaneously grow a variety of sprouts. That way if I
want something sweet I can enjoy wheat berries, while if I feel like
spicy I opt for radish sprouts.
But I digress...
I use the blue plastic cover so Breezy will be fully submerged. Because she is
so dehydrated, she floats.
I added a few drops of FloraGro to the water.
With attention and now
FloraGro I am hoping Breezy will come back to life. I love the
silly sea urchin/octopus. It is just the perfect sort of item to
capture my interest. We shall see if I am able to restore her to
health. I wish I had a clue as to why she did not thrive in the
first place. That would be helpful.
In the meantime, autumn has arrived. That thrills me. This is my
favorite time of the year. I am hoping the cooler weather will bring
the end to Red Tide. That would be great.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Thanks for joining
me in my world. And thank you for reading.
Have you had success bringing back to life a plant such
And, should I continue with
FloraGrow or try something else next? What do
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