Building a truly smart un-hackable home
July 26, 2014

This year’s home project is to make the house smart. The goal is to use lots of cheap, easily installed, dumb sensors the aggregate of which creates an intelligent home. Requirements: – No cloud server, I’m not paying to put information in the cloud for some company or the government to use. – No central […]

tigger and haskell
July 17, 2014

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Every kitten should have a mastiff of his very own.

July 16, 2014

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Tigger stalking squirrels and polishing his hunting skills

Giant Crinum Lily ( Crinum asiaticum )
July 16, 2014

Criniums blooming at Mercer summer 2007 I first heard about these plants at a talk I attended on ‘Recommended Tropical Plants for Houston’. I knew I had to have some even before I laid eyes on them. At the Mercer March Mart I was able to score two of them. Despite a bit of deer […]

Nature’s Way Resources
July 13, 2014

I’ve heard John talk about soil, everything you ever wanted to know about soil he knows and if you get a chance to hear one of his talks don’t miss it. Nature’s Way sells composts, soils, and every thing you could want for your garden and as of this season plants. Today is the first […]

Cephalotus Follicularis
July 13, 2014

I’ve been lusting after an Australian carnivorous pitcher plant for a long time and today my first one arrived. This post will likely change as I gain experience with Cephalotus (aka, Albany pitcher plant, Western Australian pitcher plant, fly catcher plant, moccasin plant). Spring brings non-carnivorous leaves, followed by the pitcher leaves in the fall. […]

Green Flash mini dendrobium. I’m not sure which insect it’s trying to attract. It looks like it would eat anything that came near
July 12, 2014

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Water storing crystals and carnivorous plants
July 11, 2014

July 14, 2014 I only recently heard about water storing crystals and couldn’t find much information on them. I had hoped I could grow my carnivorous plants indoors with out a terrarium using the crystals. I planted a new batch of carnivores in nothing but crystals, with in 24 hours the plants had mostly dried […]

Mosquito control in the swap
July 9, 2014

Now that the drought is over we’re back to swarm levels of mosquitoes. I don’t really want to douse the yard with pesticides, it took years to get earth worms to move in after we bought the place. I’d hate to wipe them out again. I’d be happy just keeping the mosquitoes out of the […]

Experiments with water storing crystals
July 8, 2014

July 8th 2014 I tripped across water storing crystals by accident and could find no information about planting plants straight in the crystals. So I potted two orchids in them today and we’ll see how they do? If that fails I’ll try mixing some up with bark and potting up a couple more. You can […]

Hack your garden using water crystals
July 8, 2014

Too dry to grow your favorite plant here? Try Water Storing Crystals. July 9th I tripped across these by accident last week. One user said they turned to mush in the heat, another source said they use them to grow palms in the desert. One person claims they super heated the soil in her outdoor […]

How to force a line break in a WordPress Post
July 2, 2014

Drove me nuts, that adding new lines in the post visual editor or adding <p> or < /br> in the text editor didn’t add extra lines in a post. If you go into the post editor, go to text and add <br class=”blank”> you’ll get your extra white space.

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