Gardening Sunday: Spider Plants

2009-11-08 Spider Plant
2009-11-08 Spider Plant

My spider plant, which I started in water from an offset, and after it had rooted well, popped into hydroculture, is still alive, but its tips have browned quite a lot lately.

Of course, spider plants and brown tips are like salt and pepper or bread and butter — you expect them to be together.  But these are getting pretty bad, and I’m not sure what the trouble is.  Some sites on the internet say it’ll be caused by not enough water; others say too much water; others say too much sun; other say not enough sun; others say a buildup of salts; other say overfertilization (which, let’s face it, would just be a specific case of salt buildup).  So I’m not entirely sure what the trouble is.

If it’s too much water, of course, that’s going to be an issue, since it’s a hydroculture, and IT LIVES IN WATER.

How do you deal with your spider plants’ brown tips?

Natto Angel / 納豆エンジェル

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In my time in Japan, I have come across some pretty epic (as well as some hyper-annoying) product jingles on TV and in supermarkets, but this one really takes the cake.

Natto Angel, a natto jingle done in the style of turn-of-the-millennium Morning Musume. Think “Love Machine”, only about natto. (Only, the artist is actually AKB48, which makes it EVEN WORSE)

The tape player looping this song was on top of one of the coolers, and as I leaned there, holding my phone up to it to get good quality audio, pretending to look like I was interested in the vegetables there, but too tired to stand alone, I must have looked a right tosser. But I did it all for YOU!


Baked Sweet Potato Kit Kat

Baked Sweet Potato Kit Kat
Baked Sweet Potato Kit Kat

Saw this at the supermarket the other day and decided to give it a go.  It’s not a full bag of sweet potato ones, but rather half-and-half split with normal kit kat.  (shrug)

There’s not a very strong sweet potato flavour from these, actually.  They taste like a generic white chocolate type.  They’re kind of like the kinako flavoured kit kat in that way.  Though the taste isn’t strong, if you take a big whiff of it before chowing down, there is a definite baked sweet potato fragrance.

All in all, nice to try just so you can say HAW! I ATE SWEET POTATO KIT KAT, but don’t expect a whole lot.