The Experiment

This experiment is to answer the e-mail circulating around, about water heated in a microwave and whether it is safe to use.  Snopes has this covered, but it sounded like fun anyway.  The days are ordered from the most recent tothe earliest, every other day.

day nine plant experimentDay Nine  and now my story comes to an end!  The plants are all just fine, growing evenly with no visible damage (other than a new invasion of white flies in the greenhouse which are putting pressure on the lettuce).  So this all comes to an end and the conclusion:  Microwaving water does not change it in any way that damages plants.  You can disregard the e-mail circulating around.  Now it's time to go work on cleaning up the garden.  Later...










day seven plant experimentDay Seven   Still growing strong!











Day Five and I think we can all see where this is going.  There isn't going to be any sign that microwaving water changes it so that it damages these plants.  We'll continue on for a little while longer, at least until I need to trim back the lettuce plants and eat a salad!                                      



Day Three and everybody looks good, growing right along.  The only noticeable change is the fact that the leaves are turgid.  I had repotted the lettuce and leeks on Day One, so they were protesting a little by being limp.







plantsThe victims are one each, leeks started from seed, leaf lettuce, newly rooted coleus, and a small Early Girl tomato seedling.

The treatment is:

Group One, water boiled in a tea kettle

Group Two, water boiled in a microwave in a glass container

Group Three, water water boiled in a microwave in a plastic container

Group Four, water directly from the Ogallala Aquifer

The photo at left is Day One, 14 March 2012.  I will be updating photos every other day.  Send me any comments through the website.  I am predicting that water is a stable molecule, however it is heated.  So this is just for fun!  But if you have seen the e-mail about the dangers of microwaves, then you may be amused.


Tell Him Now...

If with pleasure you are viewing any work a man is doing, if you like him or you love him tell him now.

Don't withhold your approbation till the parson makes oration and he lies with snowy lilies on his brow,

For no matter how you shout it, he won't really care about it, he won't know how many teardrops you have shed.

So if some praise is due him, now's the time to slip it to him, for he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

More than fame and more than money is the comment kind and sunny, and the hearty warm approval of a friend,

For it gives to life a savor and it makes you stronger, braver, and it gives you heart and courage to the end.

If he earns your praise, bestow it, if you like him, let him know it, let the words of true encouragement be said.

Do not wait till life is over and he's underneath the clover, for he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

~Berton Braley~

"Drive the Byway" Weekend

Western Vistas Historic Byway


Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Kansas Statehood with a “Drive the Byway” Weekend, Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th 2011.

This is a perfect opportunity to discover the rich history and scenic beauty of the first historic byway in Kansas. Create your own weekend adventure. Attractions on the route will have special happenings, displays and events for you to enjoy.

The byway links three western Kansas counties stretching over 102 miles. It features six museums plus twelve historic and scenic sites. The byway runs north from Scott City to Oakley (US 83), then west to Sharon Springs (US 40) and can be traveled from either direction with many stops between these cities. Along this route are side trips including Lake Scott State Park (Hwy 95) and Russell Springs (Hwy 25).  Come help us celebrate the first year of the Western Vistas Historic Byway and honor the 150th Anniversary of Kansas.

For more information contact: Keystone Gallery 620-872-2762 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attraction details and event information:

Visit for an overview of the entire byway including maps.


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