Posts Tagged With: garden

Just a Short update!

So a week ago or so I was at the goodwill with my sister where I spotted and procured two Buzzy grow kits! One for basil and one for cilantro. They’re currently sprouting out on the balcony and soon they should be strong enough to transfer into their own little pots!

I’m keeping a much better eye on them and maybe one of these days I’ll get some pictures for you guys. Other than that I’ve been working on a few projects but I don’t have a lot of space so my brother has been building a shelf into the closet for me. Once that’s done I’ll have some wiggle room to work and will have some more updates to post to you all about.

I recently participated in a class demonstration thing at the local library and i learned how to stitch small books which I think I’ll be able to use to make slightly larger leather ones.

Also, as I make more salves, tinctures, and things I’ll be sure to post up pictures!

I feel like I’ve just come out of a major rut so I’ll probably be updating more often again. Thanks for reading!

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Things are moving right along

Well, time seems to be just speeding away from me it feels like. Once again pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t been much more than a week since I last posted for you all.  I’ve been doing some yard work for the past two days, mowing the grass and digging up dandelions~ Some really big ones too! I did think about making an Alraun (as per Ms. Sarah Lawless’ post over here ) But I have this lovely habit of not doing things I’m even slightly scared of and an Alraun would be one of those things, so I decided against it and simply went along thanking them and leaving offerings as I took them home to make a dandelion tincture. I sliced everything very very small, and it took so long my grandmother checked on me four times! I labeled the jar, and have been shaking it up every day since. I’ll check on it in a couple weeks or so and we’ll go from there~

I don’t know if I mentioned it before or not but fairly recently I also started an orange oil infusion. Jars of pretty things to be shaken daily~ haha. (And if you can’t tell from my gratuitous use of the tilde key, I’m quite excited!)

Though there is a bit of sadness, the broccoli seeds I planted either died, were eaten, or were duds. In any case, as my brother told me, if they haven’t sprouted by now, they aren’t going to.  But, I had many more seeds where that came from and so with a new technique my brother told me, I’ve already got about 5 seeds barely breaking out of their shells.

This technique is one I’m sure most of you garden aficionados know of. Starting the seeds in paper towels.  My bro told me basically take about 3 paper towels, in a bow, soak it enough to where there’s just a tiny bit of water on top of the towel, place the seeds and take about 5 layers of paper towel on top of it, and cover the whole bowl with saran wrap and place in a sunny window.  Works like a charm! but as  we’re already in april now, I’m gonna have to get a few more grow-bowls goin’. So much to do so little time it feels like haha.

So how has your week been? Any garden adventures? Interesting crafts? Questions? Suggestions?
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Spring has sprung! Or at least it was here yesterday…

Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to get outside to get some things done. I’d spotted a little hole in the roof of the garage and having seen hornets buzzing all about on the sunny days and wanted to plug that up. I got a bit of plywood from a man that goes to my church and he was happy to be rid of the scraps. When we got home after a potluck after church the neighbors were out using the good weather as an opportunity to get shit done! Tim was working on something or another with his truck, but kindly let me use his ladder and then cut the plywood into the right shape for me on his circular saw (It was hooked up to some kind of table guide-thing. Don’t ask me the only power tools I know how to use are a dremel tool and a nailgun!). Then I grabbed a hammer, and his daughter kindly helped out by getting some nails for me and holding the ladder.

One of the nails wouldn’t go in all the way for some reason, but the others went pretty well and no the garage is defended against hornets!

Next it was time for a foray into the garden. (It’d been raining for what seems like 3 days straight before that) I was gonna start digging but when I got back there I realized  it had never been cleaned out, so the neighbor girl helped me pull out the dead weeds and leaves. and we got quite a big pile. I might have to invest in a 55 gallon drum to turn into a composter! After which we all hung out on their back stairs and chatted till I got thirsty and came inside haha.

Then, still feeling productive, it was time for me to finally utilize my dried orange peels and get going with some herbalism practice.

Unfortunately, many of them were rotted since, when I wasn’t  watching, my grandmother continued to add fresh and wet orange peels to the bag >___> Many were still good and so I was able to grate and chop them up (more of a labor intensive process than I anticipated) and I then put them in a jar and covered with enough olive oil to cover the plant material (2 cups in this case). I labeled the jar with contents and date and I now have it in a paper bag. In approximately 3-4 weeks, provided it works well, I should have some orangey oil with which to experiment~

Today I was planning to get back into the garden and finish weeding, but we got a sudden cold snap!  It’s roughly 45 degrees out there right now! But that’s quite alright, I’ve got plenty of things to putter around with indoors. (Not to mention I’ve got a speech due in class on wednesday. Ah procrastination!!)

How are you enjoying spring in your area? Have any big projects underway? Questions? Suggestions?
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Updates all around!

Well, I thought it’d been longer since my last blog post but I’m happy to realize I’ve been keeping up with my goal of “at least once a week”.  Though losing time isn’t something I tend to do often, though this is a special case as I’ve been kind of distracted, last week my best friend was visiting from all the way across lake michigan! She was here last week from the 12th to the 19th, but I did manage to get a post in that week. But other than that I got almost nothing done. Then this week, (19th to well, today the 22nd) I’ve been up north visiting my girlfriend and talk about getting absolutely nothing done! haha. But anyways let me deal with this in moderate order.

Well, I talked to my cousin on maybe the 13th and she said that for starting tomatos from seed, they should actually be started in January…. Goes to show just what I know, eh?

And of course I find this out almost immediately after  I buy my tomato seeds…  She also let me know that I should start my broccoli. So! my best friend and I dig around in the garage and the basement for pots, potting soil, and so on. (Okay I did it mostly by myself but that’s only because she’s scared of spiders and well… this house is old and my grandmother doesn’t exactly go in either of them much…) Anyways! The tomatoes I bought were from the Seeds of Change Tomato Garden Starter Kit, which you can get at walmart for less than 10 bucks or something. They come with two little pots made of some fibrous material that will break down in the soil, roughly 9 or so seeds. (Thats how many sprouts I’ve got so far… I thought i only planted 8 seeds… but I digress) and it comes with some soil to put in it as well as a little plastic tray to put beneath the pots for excess water.

I also took a large circular pot, and planted 3-4 broccoli seeds but none of those have sprouted yet…

This week I plan to dig up and plant the rest of my seeds (except for the ones that explicitly say April) I’m also gonna look for a few smaller pots for my herbs. But we’ll see about that when I actually have some extra money haha.

I’ve also got a small wood project in the works, which I’ll give you guys pictures when it’s completely finished but I’ve got a few supplies I need yet :T

Now that I’m back home I’m going to be reading more and deeply delving more into my rune-study. I cleaned up my altar today and just yesterday I was able to get my hands on a mjolnir amulet.  Thinking about it I could’ve waited and found one I really liked online but I felt a strong need to grab one idek. It’s nice, pewter with black in the recesses (Though I would’ve preferred it without the black methinks) but it was shorter than the other one they had so I liked it more.

Also one of these days I’ve just got to fix my pants. I have two pairs that I wear most often (The others uh don’t exactly fit anymore.) and I recently cleared off my grandmother’s desk/sewing machine and so I’ll be able to repair the back pocket of my green pair (I mended the other pocket by hand) and I also need to fix my belt loops on those and my camouflage pair. but I’ve never used a sewing machine before… so we’ll see how that goes! haha.

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Starting seeds? Now??

I’ll admit, I have never gardened before. Yes that’s right, never had a garden. Hell, I’ve never even had a plant (aside from a small bear-paw cactus that my brother adopted.) So, forgive me if I’m a little bit confused when on most of the blogs I read on gardening are talking about “Yay It’s February! Time to start my seeds for this year’s garden! I hope we get a better crop than last year!”.

I’m sorry, what?

There’s still at least a foot of snow on the ground (Okay, maybe like 4in across the street.) But regardless. The weatherman is still threatening snow for like, tomorrow, and it’s time to start the seeds??

I understand you won’t be putting them outside immediately and there’s hardening to be done and all that, but, shouldn’t you like, start the seeds maybe one month before? two even? but not like… 3-4…?  I mean, it would have to be that long before the ground would be warm enough for the plants here. At least that’s what my grandmother says and She seems to do just fine with her plants.

I mean, when I told my cousin we would try growing ‘big tomatoes’ this year (as opposed to cherry) she said “You’ll have to start that before you plant it or it won’t get nearly big enough to have good tomatoes.” But surely she didn’t mean to start them now.  That’s just kind of… bizarre to me. Though I admit I have zero experience, it doesn’t seem to make sense to me I guess… But

What do you think? Do plants grow slow enough that starting them now will be alright? Does the type of plant matter? 

Please help me out and leave a comment!

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