First update since the trip to Paris. The plant grew a lot over the past two weeks or so! Both are about the same height, but the main difference between the two is that the one with eggshells has a brand new shoot growing, whereas the other one is just an extension of the old shoots.
There is one thing that I’ve noticed that remains a mystery. I have read that the onions grow better if the soil is slightly dry. I haven’t been watering these plants for a pretty long time, and the surface of the soil is always moist. Why is this??? D:
12:00 am • 15 July 2013
The two best coffees in Rome (hence the world).
12:00 am • 15 July 2013
Near Borghese Gallery, Rome
Doing prior research before going to an art museum exponentially enhances the experience.
The gallery was surrounded by a really pretty park. Sad that I only got to take this one picture before my phone died :(
12:53 pm • 11 July 2013
Eiffel Tower, Paris
We ran into a giant vegetable wall. It was really cool, but kind of gross from up-close. The moss(?) thing was soft, spongy, and forming bulged surfaces. Apparently this wall is a part of Musee du quai Branly, which is a museum with collections of indigenous art. I guess their “Green Wall” is actually a famous thing.
The green wall seems to be a historical practice, dating back to something like 600BC. Two main types of green walls include 1. Root system and 2. Shoot system where the roots can either be based in the ground or the wall itself.
Aurimas says this particular green wall is probably made with Mat Media where a fiber or felt mat is used to uphold the plants.
I didn’t even know this was a popular thing… But apparently there are green wall companies that specialize in this stuff. COOL.
12:00 am • 8 July 2013
59 Rue de Rivoli, Paris
We ran into a very interesting artelier on our way to Marais. They were having some type of festivity outside their building, and had signs everywhere that entrance was free. Stella and I got curious and wandered in.
The building was a collection of 6 different arteliers on 6 different floors. All the floors were open for public viewing, and many of the artists were at work. It was really cool to see their artworks come to life as we walked around their workspaces.
As you can tell from the pictures, all the walls/floors/ceilings were painted or decorated with art. It seemed to be a very free-spirited place, in a similar way as some MIT dormitories.
12:00 am • 7 July 2013 • 2 notes
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
12:00 am • 7 July 2013
Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
Garden phlox flowers mixed in with some other summer flowers.
12:00 am • 6 July 2013 • 2 notes
Tuileries Garden, Paris
This garden was the epitome of effortless but refined gardening. There were very clear traces of careful attention to detail, such as the trimmed trees and grass as well as the clean ponds. But the garden didn’t lose its natural grace. Flowers seemed to be very happy to be planted alongside other plants of different kinds, rather than artificial looking beds with many of the same flowers
To me, this garden really emphasized the importance of coexistence. Flowers, trees, and grass are coexisting gracefully. They also coexist with humans who genuinely respect this wonderful garden.
12:00 am • 5 July 2013 • 1 note
It’s only been one night, and I already see growth in my green onion plants. Unbelievable. The eggshells seem to be working, too!
12:00 am • 3 July 2013 • 17 notes
Today, I read on a Korean kitchen garden blog that you can plant the bottom stem of a green onion to grow a new entity. I knew that we had some dried up dirt from our failed basil plant, so I soaked it up with water and planted two green onion roots into two separate pots with that soil. The green onions were parts of a green onion bunch that I got from Conad (a local supermarket) for 50 cents.
Rather than just growing two green onion plants, I decided to add some excitement factor by conducing a controlled experiment. Since I was young, I’ve been told that eggshells in soil help plants grow. So for the onion in the clay pot, I mixed some eggshells into its soil, but did not add any eggshells to the soil of the other onion in the plastic pot.
We’ve been talking a lot about the concept of urban farming for the research project lately, so I’m really excited to dive into the urban farming world myself, although this is going to be a short-term project and I will only be able to dip my hands into the surface of it all. My long term (life) goal: a rose garden similar to that of scenes from Secret Garden!
"You learn from participating. You learn from others. You learn from the people you’re trying to organize. We all have to gain the understanding and the experience to formulate and implement ideas." — Noam Chomsky, in his Occupy Boston talk
12:00 am • 2 July 2013 • 14 notes