Print Space Porn Now! Eat Potato Later.

Posted by admin on June 15th, 2016 filed in Hacks, Space

best potato ever

After watching the Martian (and reading the book) I see potatoes in a whole new light. A fridge is cold and dark, and this potato just single-handedly grew a plant. The biggest gardening success I’ve ever had, in my fridge! Just think what could happen if I put potatoes in soil! And gave them light! And maybe even… water! They’ll probably, like, grow a tree or something! ;-o

That was a few months ago. I put the sprouted potatoes in the largest balcony flower pot I had (~30cm deep), and covered them with a thin layer of soil. They grew right through it, and I added more layers of soil over a week, until the pot was full and the plants broke through to the surface again. Somewhere I read that this was a good method to increase the potato plant’s size and thus its ability to grow tubers. *shrug*

From then on, the plant grew green leaves quite enthusiastically. Usually when I grow plants on my north-facing balcony, that’s all I get — leaves. There is not enough light for anything more sophisticated than water cress.

So imagine my surprise when I wanted to remove the yellowing potato leaves and found a fresh potato. :-D It worked! Mars, here I come.

And what do I see in my RSS feed the same day?

NASA wants you to go to Mars

Download these and more posters from Nasa.gov! Must… hang up posters… Must… print t-shirts! :)

I want this

Sorry, not sorry: This is a clear case of “Send to colour printer first, ask on which floor the dang thing is later”!! :D

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