I’ve had my eye on this but it was too expensive at USD 199( RM 800).
Recently there was a price drop using the “subscription” option.
So the price is 20% off with $159.96 (about RM650) but you have to subscribe to
-3 x 3-packs just $29.85 (charged once every three months)
-Free shipping on all shipments
-First subscription ships out and fee is charged in 3 months from making the purchase.
RM 120 for a 9 pod refill is ok as I work that out to about RM 13.30 for one pod which is about the price of a soil potted sweet Basil I can get from the supermarket. The difference is that from the reviews, the Smart Garden systems grow much faster.
What do you think? Affordable or not? I am still 50-50 in getting this 🙂
Also I am not paid to promote this although I think I should 🙂
Here’s another ‘extended’ shot of the bloom at the foot of my balcony. (lucky didn’t drop the phone trying to take this)
Ok now that you see the leaves, any seasoned gardener knows this is the Indian Borage. Not uncommon. But for me the flower is very uncommon. After a few years of growing borage, this is the first time I see flowers coming out of it. I posted this to the MG group over a month ago and the flower is still here! Hardy as the plant itself.
OK, ok perhaps not as rare a bloom but to me it is 🙂
So the question is can dead telang come back to life? Check this out..
Left the apartment for 2 weeks Raya holidays and without water the telang plants (I have 3) all just dried up and died. Pruned the long creepers and now it’s a few weeks later. The one above is sad. Still no signs of life.
This one however brings back hope. They do regenerate!
A smaller plant with just one small main branch is also starting to grow leaves!
So the conclusion is 2 out of 3 of the telang plants are coming back to life.
Still won’t give up on this seemingly dead telang. I hope it will come back to life too. After all, my nick name here on this blog is Telang Man ! 🙂
The last time I did this (leave the plants unattended) was for a 3 week holiday and the results were catastrophic and nothing survived except for the hardy indian borage. Came back to a balcony full of dry leaves which was a chore to clean up.
This time it was only 2 weeks and I had some water bottles with spikes to slow drip the plants.
Still the results was still a disappointment.
took out my phone to record this..
Mints all died. Left a few cuban oregano.
Basils all dried up.
Some surviving basils.
Some dried up okras and basil.
I guess the biggest loss was my 2 plants of tomatoes (1 month old) and chillies.
The water bottles with spikes not all worked and a few were full of water. The ones that worked saved the other plants.
I like the idea of fish and plants existing harmoniously and benefitting from each other so this is my simple Aquaponics setup. Granted it does not offer any edible fish or edible plant, it still makes me happy to see plant and animal in symbiosis.
Got this solar powered fountain add some oxygen to the water. Cost: RM 40.
The fish: Mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis). Cost: free (caught at nearby drain last year). Also useful to control the mosquito population as this town (Teluk Intan, Perak) is famous as a mosquito infested area, It is also a hardy fish and many times I have forgotten to feed them with fish food but they still survive. Perhaps from eating just mosquito larvae.
The plant: Indian Borage.
Used the Indian borage because it’s a hardy plant and it’s root can survive in water. I know I should find some better more useful or edible plant but I have no idea what will survive here. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Anyway the borage has been doing well and the new stems I cut are beginning to root in water.
Not enough containers with clay pebbles so cheap mineral water bottles were used as ‘floatillas’ 🙂
one water bottle with the bottom cut off. Usually throw fish food here so I can see the fishes as the swim up to feed.
That’s it. Clearly I am a newbie at this but so far the fish are still alive after more than half a year. The moringas are not doing too well and almost all died and replaced with Indian Borage. Clearly Moringas don’t do well in this set up.
This has been debated enough on Malaysia Gardener FB page and it’s concluded plants outside your compound is public land, hence, officially and legally what is planted out there cannot be claimed as yours. So this post is not about that.
It’s about the mysterious woman who keeps plucking the telang flowers grown just outside my house. Yes we planted it in public land so not claiming ownership. This lady comes almost every morning to pluck the flowers and it’s a mystery what she does with them. Quite improbable that it is for personal use. What do you think?
My aunt manage to talk to her and ask her what she is doing with so much telang flowers. Her answer: it’s for a sick friend.
Interesting! Does anyone know what sickness does the telang cure. So far I know telang is good for the eyes.
Also please don’t misunderstand that I am angry or disapprove of her taking the telang because we have it in abundance and she doesn’t touch the ones nearest to the house. In fact quite the opposite. My aunt found out from her she lives at Batu 5 which means 5 miles out of town. That’s a lot of effort everyday (at least to me) to collect bunga telang!