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Author Topic: Floating gardens, simple hydroponics with living soil for difficult plants  (Read 15901 times)

partisangardener

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Re: Floating gardens, simple hydroponics with living soil for difficult plants
« Reply #150 on: October 25, 2023, 06:17:05 PM »
My friend Knorbs simplified this system a bit. Just some plastic coated mesh instead of a rim around the edge.
I wanted to make an island for some more airy variation and so I used his method for this new island. It is meant for Ephedra minima and some more plants with the same preference.
I put some pumice pebbles on the Styrofoam and covered this with micro-fiber fleece. Around the edge I fixed then a ring of plastic coated mesh with a staple.

Then I place some Dormouse moss on the mesh. Tomorrow I will fill in acidic substrate and set the first plants.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2023, 08:53:30 AM by partisangardener »
greetings from Bayreuth/Germany zone 6b (340 m)
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Re: Floating gardens, simple hydroponics with living soil for difficult plants
« Reply #151 on: October 26, 2023, 08:12:15 PM »
This island was mainly destined for Ephedra.
For structure I added some dead Erica twigs and then I started planting.
Finally I added substrate (peat, moler, sand and some Perlite) and covered it with moss.
greetings from Bayreuth/Germany zone 6b (340 m)
Axel
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Re: Floating gardens, simple hydroponics with living soil for difficult plants
« Reply #152 on: October 28, 2023, 02:23:03 PM »
One of my smaller islands on my windowsill (15 cm). I started this one in December, because I needed some space for new Pygmy Drosera gemmae. The Utricularia is U. monanthos mostly hardy under my conditions (6b) but a backup is never a mistake.
While eating a exeptionally good Strawberry I saved one nut and lo it germinated there. Must be transplanted soon.
Such places are always handy ;)

That is how it looks like now.
greetings from Bayreuth/Germany zone 6b (340 m)
Axel
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Re: Floating gardens, simple hydroponics with living soil for difficult plants
« Reply #153 on: February 03, 2024, 09:08:55 PM »
On quite a lot of my islands I lost a good amount of Pinguicula winterbuds. The ones covered by dead leaves were still there. :(
It was mice.
greetings from Bayreuth/Germany zone 6b (340 m)
Axel
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