Junior has switched gears on his science fair project. I had some concerns about him not having enough time on the bridge piling epifauna colonization project. It was a neat idea, but a better warm weather project, since the critters are more abundant then.
So the rusty livestock tank which when new (and not rusty), doubled as backyard swimming pool for my babies, and later as part of my own tilapia backyard aquaculture setup, has once again been pressed into service.
He's doing a low-tech hydroponic experiment now.
Junior cut down a sheet of two inch thick insulating foam so it would float inside the tank. Then, he cut holes in it so that a potted plant will have access to the water below.
Here he is using his Mom's good kitchen knife to make his holes.
His plan is to observe and measure the growth of sweet basil plants and tomato plants. In each case, one of the plants will be hydroponic while the other will be merely sitting atop the raft. Basil will be compared to basil, tomato to tomato.
The tomato variety is "Jellybean".
In the tank are some crawfish and minnows, but we need to add some bigger fish to increase the nutrient load.
Those are potted blue flag iris peeping up out of the water.
I should get some garden plants out of this when the experiment is done, plus I can play with the simple hydroponic setup myself.
Out in the garden I have a 2 gallon planting pot with native Atamasco Lillie's growing in it. This is one tough plant and mine thrives with maximum neglect. I often forget about them. Most of the year they are just small grassy plants and are easy to miss.
Sometimes ... I even remember to water them.
Yesterday, I pulled the whole grassy mess out of the pot to find that they had filled every inch with new bulbs and it was waaaaay past division time.
I teased them apart into nice little clumps like this and then repotted and replanted in several different locations.
The problem with a plant like this when you plant it in the ground and outside of a pot, is you can easily plant something else over it or do some other damage. It's only going to be noticeable when it blooms and then it's really pretty.
I stuck these in the earth near a little mini-waterfolly thing I'm doing.
When (IF) they bloom, I'll update ya.