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Steven starts with ...
Hi everyone,

I want to grow Arborio rice in a pond just for the fun of it, does anyone know where I can get my hands on some seeds?


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Julie W says...
Just buy rice! When I'm organised enough I sprout my rice before cooking (makes it more nutritious) so that means it should grow.

If you want to test it first, put some rice on damp kitchen paper and put in a warm spot. Should sprout in a few days.
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BenW says...
I doubt arborio rice would sprout, being polished like white rice, and therefore killed. On the other hand, it would only cost a dollar or two to try.

If that doesn't work, perhaps you could find 'brown' (unpolished) arborio rice in a health food shop?

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sternus1 says...
For the price I can buy rice at the store, considering how much water rice needs to grow, I cannot see any realistic scale of economy in home-grown rice.
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Julie W says...
sternus, Steven said he wanted to experiment, and I can understand that - it's part of being a curious gardener. It has nothing to do with saving money.

And he has a pond, so water is not an issue.
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sternus1 says...
What could he possibly hope to achieve other than succeeding in growing rice, which will taste the same as store bought rice, at a dramatically inflated cost?

Ponds don't refill themselves, unless it's a magical pond of some description, I'm not sure. A cartoon pond perhaps.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
...a one straw revoloution ...
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Brendan says...
I have grown wholegrain (brown) rice here in my garden, in the end, it wasn't worth the trouble.
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Steven says...
Hi everyone, thanks for your help.


I thought rice was just the germ of the seed? So its as simple as buying unpolished wholegrain rice from the shops. Sounds too easy :)

Sternus1, ponds do refill themselves when it rains and fertilizer comes free from the compost heap if needed. Economic value is only one small aspect of why I love gardening, being outside in the sunshine, growing beautiful heirloom varieties, creating great meals out of fresh good quality/healthy produce and the joy or watching/learning how things grow and how nature does it work will provide me with far more value than the $2 it will cost to buy the seeds :)

Thanks for your help everyone, ill give it a try. Will probably only make enough to have a bowl of rice but it'll be a fun way to utilize the pond for something other than growing mosquito's. Eventually id like to turn it into an attractive yet productive water garden.


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MaryT1 says...
Good on you, Steven. I think it's quite a romantic idea, growing rice :) If it does not work there are so many other things you can try. I only have a planter pond but it's productive - I feed my worms to the goldfish which in turns put nutrients in the water which I use in combination with worm wee as soil conditioner. I don't have a pump or filter so I manually remove water and add fresh water (unless it rains).
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Steven says...
Thanks Mary, I think its romantic too :)


Sounds like you've got a great idea, Ive read alot about aquaculture its a great concept and you dont need much space for it at all if your creative.

I found this pdf about it a while ago if your interested.


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TMary says...
That's too high tech and massive for me. Here's the before and after of my little 'pond'. Everything is in miniature here.
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Brendan says...
Mine wasn't growing in water, it grew well in my garden soil, that I kept wet & mulched :-)
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Steven says...
haha, yeah that one is more for a commercial set out but you can downgrade it i guess. My idea was always to turn an unused 1000L water tank into a pond, place that in your garage and pump water from the pond up to garden beds placed on the roof of the garage. You could possibly have a solar powered pump and the fish are protected from the cold outside...but it was only ever an idea :)

I like that pond it looks nice, very peaceful :)
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MaryT1 says...
You should go for it, Steven:) Do post a pic of your pond.
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Steven says...
Well my pond looks like an overgrown mess at the moment, there's even mint that grew from a seed!! :)

Im going to Europe this week for 6 weeks, so im going to keep my eyes open for some nice whole grain arborio rice when we are in Italy. Ill put some pictures up and let you know how the rice goes :)

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MaryT1 says...
Have a good trip Steven. While you are in Italy look out for some caper bush seeds. If you are walking the Cinque Terre they grow wild on the cliffs :)
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Brain says...
Get some blood oranges while you are at it :)
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