NASA we have a (money) problem

It may look a scientific experiment aboard the ISS that’s been done on the cheap but hopefully the above object may help us sort out the problems of “leggy” seedlings. The seed we sowed a week or so ago on the Weeds HQ windowsill has now started to germinate so we’ve taken the lid off the propagator and stuck the seed tray inside a cardboard box covered in tin foil. The idea of the tin foil is that the seedlings don’t grow towards the light from the window and instead grow upwards. This is a trick nicked off the great Graham Porter on the BBC Radio Leeds “Sunday Gardening with Tim Crowther” show. It’s the first time we’ve tried it so we’ll let you know how we get on.

There were three propagators in the set we bought from Shannon’s so behind the tin foil lined cardboard box another tray of seedlings has just been started off. Why not? It’ll be spring soon and we’ll need something to plant outside.

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The ISS goes round and round, round and round etc

Space station 2015 It’s that time again! The International Space Station is back around these parts, and can be seen up to five times a day if you’re feeling hardcore! I’ll be out in the back garden joining the slugs and snails over the next few nights, stumbling into the flowerbeds while looking up at the night sky!

For viewing times, stick in your location here or download the ISS Detector app for your mobile. Also if you want to get a bit on the deep tip, check out Heavens Above for all sorts of stuff to tilt up your head up at the night sky to.

Also here’s something ISS related from our sounds from the south podcast from last year. One small step for mankind and all that!

No tunes pon the iTunes

SFTS ITunesWant to know what happened when a council worker met a Sex Pistol? Or when a seagull stole a leaving card plus ten pounds in shrapnel at work? Would like to know more about the origins of the aggressive Peckham Parakeet? Or how about, tips on watching the International Space Station from your back garden while supping a glass of vino? or Why we love our seed tins?

Well, our “Sounds From The South” podcast aired on The Dirt on Fab Radio International last year has all the answers to the above and is now on i-Tunes. Give it a couple of weeks and all episodes will be up there and do look out for new ones coming very soon! Due to copyright we can’t put on any of tunes featured but there’s links to them in the shownotes. Tap in “Sounds From the South” into the i-Tunes store or at the link here. Subscribe, my gardening friends!

If anyone is keen on sending us their tune-age in a ambient, downbeat, dub or reggae style and don’t mind it being featured on the podcast if we like it here, drop us an email to onedeckpete (at) gmail (dot) com.

Vegetables in orbit

Wayne Smith/Prince Jammy – Time Is A Moment in Space/Dub

The International Space Station is on an orbit over the UK for viewing at a reasonable time this month and do remember it has the VPS (Vegetable Production System a.k.a “Veg-01”) on board, growing lettuces, pumpkins, carrots, runner beans and purple sprouting broccoli 200 miles above the earth. How good is that?

We all know there hasn’t been a slug launched into space as yet, so everything should be okay on that count (carrot fly are well out of the equation too) but the big question is, does a runner bean-cane tripod stay vertical when out of the earth’s atmosphere? I’ve left a couple of messages on the NASA answer machine asking them but they are not getting back to me just yet.ISS predictionsIf you fancy a gander at the big tin can in space, just buy yourself a cheap compass off ebay (£2 ish) and tap in your location at the “Spot the ISS” site here which will tell you what time to look, in what direction and what angle to tilt your head up at. And to see where it is at the present moment have a look here.

A word to the wise though, don’t even bother with any sightings that are less than a minute as it takes about that long to locate the thing. Big up the ISS!