it's danedelion season! Usually, I just cut or pick the leaves, wash them, and make a salad, but in prep for going on a road trip, I decided to try picking the whole plant, roots and all, and putting it in a cup of water like any other cut flower. At the time, I was only hoping to prolong the time before they wilted away and died by a few days. After thinking on it some more, I decided to give hydroponics a shot. I already keep a circulating pool for my bearded dragon, so it was simple to put the dandelion plants in a mesh or net pot (which I keep handy for my carnivorous plant hobby) and just stick the pot in her pool. Now she can munch greens on her own schedule, and a few leaves do show signs of munching. At first, all of the leaves died off, but within A week, new leaves were growing back. Dandelions have a number of qualities that are them ideal for this project. They are very hardy, and will grow in almost any conditions. Mine have no light other than the light supplied by the bulbs used for the bearded dragon. No fancy grow lights. Add to that their good nutritional value, and they are perfect! Since the bearded dragon occasionally poops in her pool, they get a brief bit of fertilizer before I clean it all out. So far the experiment has been running about 3 weeks, and with good results. I'm hoping I can get a steady crop of dandelions stable to last through winter for her. I'll share some pictures as soon as I can figure out how to do so from an iPad.