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I love posts like this.

I love the GI Grow. It looks like art. If I had one, I'd want it to spin really fast. And, of course, all the lettuces look fabulous. I want to see the one for growing carrots.

Someone gave me a vermiculture compost starter kit that I knew I lacked the commitment to maintain, so I threw the coir brick it came with into the compost bin where I already had a version of vermicomposting going on. I never saw it again.

I do some work in the hospital-acquired infections area. I'll do a literature search on bacteria in vase water today and report back. On one hand, the ban seems absurd to me too, but on the other hand it doesn't seem so preposterous.

I bought plants on eBay before--two Cestrum in fact, C. aurantiacum and C. nocturnum. I just ripped out the aurantiacum yesterday. It served its purpose. The verdict is still out on nocturnum. At any rate, the prices were reasonable and the plant specimens were excellent.

I can't remember how much I paid for the most expensive plant I ever bought (maybe $50?) which was Illicium mexicanum from White Flower or one of those. For total shade. It's alright, but I wouldn't do it again.

I'm sure illicit pot growers would find it worth 3k for that big wheel o' growing stuff.

Apparently, pot does spectacularly well in my part of the world. Hmmm, possibly a way to make my plant habit pay?

Re the hospitals and flowers, Amy--it's so counterproductive. It's been often observed that people appear to feel less pain when surrounded by flowers. That's why rehab hospitals often have gardens.

As we saw, NPR was not all that sensitive about the whole Monsanto/Roundup issue.

I did not notice if that came up on her blog--I should check.

The most I've paid so far is $70 for a 15 gal. potted Dancy Tangerine. I was planting an edible privacy fence of citrus, feijoa & loquat. I wanted as much of a head start on height as I could afford.

I would, could and HAVE with coir... but it's a little light for my taste in regards to seed starting, so I always mix it half/half with compost.

Honestly, the most I've spent for a plant? Hmmm... would a shoe fanatic tell you what she really spends on shoes? Does a plant fanatic ever tell what they really spent on a plant?

The hospitals where I used to work have routinely banned flowers from their ICU's for years due to infection risks. This is not a new issue. I know medicine has a bad name these days, but please don't disrespect things out of hand.

So change the water in the vase already! Love the video! Coir vs. peat? Apples and oranges I think.

Hmm. Flower bans in hospitals actually make sense to me.

My allergies to perfume and many of flower's natural perfumes would leave me grateful for a ban if I was in hospital.

The biggest offenders? Those awful Stargazer lilies they put in every hothouse bouquet, and hyacinths. Guaranteed to make me choke from as far as 50 feet away in a closed ventilation environment. So hurray for hospitals banning things that make people sick. 'Bout time.

Now, can we just get the doctors to WASH THEIR HANDS, fer chrissake? Oh, that's a rant for another site...

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