This blog is my attempt to reconnect with the world of chemistry. I have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and make a living doing research for a large company in Michigan. As times have changed, that company has changed its focus and I no longer have as much chance to do the basic, fundamental research which I most enjoy. Through this blog, I am hoping to recapture the magic which I felt during my graduate (and undergraduate) days in college. Expect topics on chemistry and alchemy along with some non-chemistry related items which I think might be interesting.

"The chymists are a strange class of mortals, impelled by an almost insane impulse to seek their pleasure among smoke and vapour, soot and flame, poisons and poverty; yet among all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that may I die if I would change places with the Persian King."

Johann Joachim Becher (phlogistonist)
Acta Laboratorii Chymica Monacensis, seu Physica Subterranea, (1669).

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Garden Complete

Finally, the gardening project around our house is done. We still have a lot of outdoor (and indoor) projects in the works, but the major project is finished which means I will once again have more time to devote to blogging. In what has developed into a tradition over the years, I signal the end of gardening by posting a sign in the garden.

At this point, everything is on automatic. I've done my part. I've fertilized, mulched, and set up the automatic watering system. Now its up to the plants. It's like setting up a chemical synthesis and letting it reflux for a couple of days while you wait for the product to form. All you can do is wait and hope that the chemicals behave in the manner you believe they should. I'm not going to spend a lot of time weeding. Should a weed manage to thrive, that's not my problem. I've given the flowers a head start. It's up to them. Survival of the fittest, I say. I'll post some pictures in July, when everything starts filling in. Otherwise, back to Chemistry again!

1 comment:

Ψ*Ψ said...

You definitely need to post pictures, if your gardening goal is to cause traffic accidents by way of bright colors. :)