Friday, January 25, 2013

A man's love for gardening grows in a bottle sine 1960

Gardening is one of the most liked and practiced hobby around the world that includes me and my wife too. Each year we plant many types of plant that gave our a refreshing, colourful and aromatic look during the Spring.

Still going strong: Pensioner David Latimer from Cranleigh, Surrey, with his bottle garden that was first planted 53 years ago and has not been watered since 1972 - yet continues to thrive in its sealed environment [Photo: BNPS/Mail Online]

But there is someone who is growing his garden in a large gree bottle since 1960 - amazing, isn't it?

Well yes it is amazing, innovative, awesome and interesting. David Latimer first planted his bottle garden in 1960 and last watered it in 1972 before tightly sealing it shut 'as an experiment'

And to his surprise, the hardy spiderworts plant inside has grown to fill the 10-gallon container by surviving entirely on recycled air, nutrients and water.

He hopes to pass on the ‘experiment’ to his grown-up children after he is gone.

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How the Bottle Garden Grows:

If you have been inspired by Latimer and his bottle garden and want to experiment this, here some tips as to how you have to go about it:
  • The idea of a bottle garden is to create a world in microcosm. It will have its own special habitat and should require little maintenance, writes Nigel Colborn.
  • First choose a glass container. It will need a wide neck for easy access and to look attractive. A goldfish bowl is ideal, or for children, a big jam jar might do.
  • You'll also need some good-quality potting compost, shingle or coarse grit and, of course, the plants.
  • Use a large spoon to insert a layer of grit into the jar and cover that with compost deep enough to accommodate the plant roots. 
  • Finally, introduce the plants. You'll need very few and they must be tiny specimens - unless it's an enormous receptacle. Little ferns such as indoor maidenhair or Adiantum, small varieties of Tradescantia and baby plants of Chlorophytum will all establish easily. Miniature trailers such as 'Mind-your-own-business' (Soleirolia) will also flourish.
  • Move each plant gently into position, adjusting them with a stick or with kitchen tongs until you've got them where you want them. Adding a final layer of grit after planting will hold the compost down and make your micro-garden look prettier.
  • Water with extreme care (your jar won't need much) and place the finished mini garden in a well-lit spot, but not on a hot south-facing windowsill.
Watch video below to learn how to make your own terrarium"

via Mail Online

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