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Plants and water

C is working on killing his second orchid, but this one has rebelliously put out the tiniest sprig of green. Orchid watering is theoretically complicated and so I'm not sure how best to encourage it - with or without watering. Actually, wait. It's not even my plant to water; if neglect is why it's now a smidgin green again, then it should be left alone.

Some of PopCap's gardening advice today: "Use only organic fertilizers like vinegar and gasoline." Also, "Give plantz plenty of water: for best resultz cover garden with swimming pool."

Drought continues in the UK, where it's been pouring rain all week.


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Apr. 29th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
silversunshadow raises orchids -- if you tell me what kind it is I could ask her what you need to do.
Apr. 29th, 2012 06:53 am (UTC)
That "advice" is incomprehensible. Is it really, truly, meant for actual gardeners? I just... that can't possibly be serious advice!
Apr. 29th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
PopCap are the makers of the game Plants vs. Zombies. All those stray zzs in the second piece of advice may give you a hint as to what characters the advice comes from.
Apr. 30th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
...I completely missed that. *groan*
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:30 am (UTC)
I believe that the SE is currently experiencing the wettest drought on record. Unfortunately, one month with normal rainfall won't make up for 2 years of scarcity.
Apr. 29th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
I have indeed observed the predicted localized flooding.
Apr. 29th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
It's the wrong kind of rain.

Seriously - much of it is simply running off the hard ground and into the rivers, or evaporating almost as soon as it's landed, or transpiring through all the green growth and going back into the atmosphere.

It's still a bloody nuisance, I agree, but the aquifers still need a lot more rain before they fill up after two dry winters in a row. At least there's unlikely to be quite so much demand on artesian water for irrigation this month!

It is a tradition of very long standing that if a drought is announced it starts to rain steadily for weeks on end.
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