A Very Fun Plant Unboxing!

Oh no! I forgot to schedule this to publish when the video posted!

So I didn’t do the best job with the lighting and backdrop on this video! It’s time for me to start planning things out a little bit better! That being said I sure hope you enjoyed my order from PlantDoze!

Plants listed in today’s video:

Scindapsus Pictus: Silver Pothos, Scin Pic, Satin Pothos
Hardiness Zone: 10-12
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 4″ – 10″

Huernia Zebrina: Stinky Flower, Life Saver Plant
Hardiness Zone: 9b-11
Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Grows To: 6″ – 8″

Philodendron Hederacum Lemon Lime: Lemon Lime Philodendron
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Epripremnum Pinnatum: Cebu Blue
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

While researching for and writing this article, I have come up with an idea for a plant index. I will be spending some time working on this and I will let you know as soon as I have anything posted/live!

To change the subject ever-so-slightly, I am completely amazed at the simplicity and ease of adding a moss pole to a potted plant. I’ve been trepidatious about it for years and as you saw it took literally two minutes and I’m certain my plant will be happier for it!

In other news I have some exciting content coming up and I’ve worked out a content schedule so that I’m not so all over the place and we can keep things in line! At some point I may have to create a different channel or something for some of it, but right now we are going to keep going in this direction.

As always thank you so much for following me and I hope that if you got anything out of the video you will like/share/subscribe and do all the things!

xoxo

-S

I’ll see your crazy cat lady and raise you a crazy plant lady…

*** First of all! ***

My intention is to post two videos a week. My intention is to post those videos on Wednesday and Saturday. YouTube likes to mess with my OCD and just let videos sit in an upload loop. So first of all, know that I am working pretty diligently to stay on that schedule, and second of all, know that I am devising a plant to get several videos uploaded in a queue so that we maybe can avoid this tardiness issue from now on, yeah?

SO! Here is the video: FINALLY!!!!!

Oh boy, that’s a LONG one, and let me tell you, I could have gone longer. I hope you were in the mood for a total hang out sesh there!

Lets cover the “Don’t Come at Me’s” LOL!

I know that my porch is a disaster zone – it wasn’t after I was done filming as you can see at the end. (Can you believe I was going to add a clean-up element to that video? HA! Ambition! Nobody wants a 3 hour video, my goodness!)

I know the fish tank water is YUCK – we have well water, it doesn’t even take three weeks to get that bad. I’m not abusing my fish. His name is Orangey, by the way. The sole survivor of the winter freeze. I’ve blogged about these babies in the years past. Here and I thought a couple of other places, but perhaps not.

My plants were dusty and thirsty – they got a wipe down and a good drink, some even got pruned, fertilized, and/or repotted. Plant chores got did!

NEXT! Let’s give some Etsy love!

MY FAVORITE PLANT SHOP!: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PlantDoze

The shops I got the black goldfish plants from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/JulliganIslandPlants
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TropicalAmbiance

Cute plant sticker shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AquatiqueArtiste

And now for the educational element of this post!

I included the scientific names of all the plants on the video because I think it’s important to know. Plants have a lot of different common names, and a lot of different types share a common name, so if you really need some specific information, it’s good to know. I would like to just give you a brief run down! While my OCD brain would like for everything to be in alphabetical order, I want this to be a true companion post for the video, so I am going to go in chronological order as they are shown in the video.

Nematanthus Hybrid: Black Goldfish Plant
Hardiness Zone: 10
Bloom Season: Everbloomer
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 4″ – 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 60 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower, Good for a Hanging Basket

Crassula Ovata: Jade Plant
Hardiness Zone: 9-12
Bloom Season: Intermittent
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 2′ – 9′

Vinca Major: Vinca Vine
Bloom Season: Spring, Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 3′

Campsis Radieans: Trumpet Vine
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 9
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 20′ – 40 ‘

Lathyrus Odoratus: Sweat Pea
Hardiness Zone: 2 – 11
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 5′ – 6′

Tradescantia Spathacea: Boat Lily, Moses in the Bull Rushes; Cradle of Jerusalem, Moses in the Cradle
Hardiness Zone: 10
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 12″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 60 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Spathiphyllum: Peace Lily
Bloom Season: Intermittent
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shad
Grows To: 1′ – 3′

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana: Flaming Katy
Hardiness Zone: 10 – 12
Bloom Season: Spring – Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 6″ – 2′

Begonia X Semperflorens – Cultorum: Wax Begonia
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 10″

Hedera Helix: English Ivy
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 10
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: Indeterminate

Kalanchoe Diagremontiana: Mother of Thousands; Mexican Hat Plant
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 10″

Dracaena Sanderiana: Lucky Bamboo
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 3′

Haworthiopsis Attenuata: Zebra Plant
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 6″

Schefflera Actinophylla: Umbrella Tree, Octopus Plant
Hardiness Zone: 11 – 12
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Amaryllis: Amaryllis
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10
Bloom Season: Winter
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 18-24″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 40 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Crassula Connata: Pygmy Weed
Hardiness Zone: 10 – 12
Bloom Season: Spring – Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 6″ – 2′

Chlorophytum Comosum: Spider Plant, Airplane Plant
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 11
Bloom Season: Everbloomer
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 1′ – 2′
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Dracaena Fragrans: Corn Stalk Plant
Hardiness Zone: 10 – 12
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 10′ – 15′

Epripremnum Aureum Jade: Jade Pothos
Hardiness Zone: 11
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Oxalis Triangularis: Shamrock
Hardiness Zone: 7 – 10
Bloom Season: Everbloomer
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 16″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 50 F

Echeveria Lilacina: Echeveria Ghost
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 6″

Kalanchoe Tomentosa: Panda Plant
Hardiness Zone: 11 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 1′ – 3′

Euphorbia Tirucalli: Pencil Cactus, Sticks on Fire
Hardiness Zone: 10 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 4′ – 8′

Philodendron Hederaceum Brasil: Philodendron Brasil
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Epripremnum Aureum Neon: Neon Pothos
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Epipremnum Aureum NJoy: Pothos NJoy
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Schefflera Aboricola: Umbrella Tree
Hardiness Zone: 11 – 12
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Peperomia Argyreia: Watermelon Peperomia
Hardiness Zone: 10
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 8″ – 10″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 60 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Cyclamen Persicum: Cyclamen
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 9
Bloom Season: Fall, Spring
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 3″ – 6″

Anethum Graveolens: Asparagus Fern; Dill Fern
Hardiness Zone: 2 – 11
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 3′

Schlumbergera: Christmas Cactus
Hardiness Zone: 10
Bloom Season: Winter
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 8″ – 10″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 60 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Dieffenbachia: Dumb Cane
Hardiness Zone: 11 – 12
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Monstera Deliciosa: Monstera
Hardiness Zone: 10
Bloom Season: Intermittent
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 3′ – 8′
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 40 F

Ananas Comosus: Pineapple
Hardiness Zone: 11 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 3′ – 4′

Pediocactus Simpsonii: Common Western Barrel Cactus
Hardiness Zone:
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Syngonium Angustatum: Unkn
Hardiness Zone: 9
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 2″ – 5″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 40 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Nephrolepis Exaltata: Boston Fern
Hardiness Zone: 2 – 11
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 3′

Asparagus Setaceus: Lace Fern
Hardiness Zone: 2 – 11
Sun Requirement: Shade
Grows To: 3′

Muehlenbeckia Axillaris: Wire Vine, Angel Vine
Hardiness Zone: 2 – 11
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 3′

Codiaum Variegatum Pictum: Superstar Croton
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 11
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 8′ – 10′

Delairia Odorata: German Ivy
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 10
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: Indeterminate

Vitis Vinifera: Woodbine
Hardiness Zone: 4 – 8
Bloom Season: Late Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: Indeterminate

Tradescantia Zebrina: Wandering Jew
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Euphorbia Trigona: African Milk Tree
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 3′ – 5′

Sempervivum Tectorum: Hens and Chicks
Hardiness Zone: 3 – 8
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 4″

Aegagropila Linnaei: Marimo Moss Ball (May be bad news; do your own research)
Water Plant

Plectranthus Scuttellarioides – ?: Coleus
Hardiness Zone: 10 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 1′ – 3′

Ipomoea Batatas: Sweet Potato Vine
Hardiness Zone: 6 – 8
Bloom Season: Late Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Syngonium Podophyllum: Unkn
Hardiness Zone: 9
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 2″ – 5″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 40 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Coriandrum Sativum: Cilantro
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 11
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 1′ – 3′

Ocimum Basilicum: Basil
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 11
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 1′ – 3′

Allium Shoenoprasum: Chives
Hardiness Zone: 3 – 9
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 1′ – 2′

Tradescantia Pallida: Purple Heart
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Salvia Rosmarinus: Rosemary
Hardiness Zone: 8 – 11
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 2′ – 6′
Plant Type: Shrub

Codiaeum Variegatum: Croton
Hardiness Zone:
Bloom Season:
Sun Requirement:
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 11
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 8′ – 10′

Tradescantia Callisia Repens: Pink Lady
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Peperomia Scandens: Cupid Peperomia
Hardiness Zone: 10
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 8″ – 10″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 60 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Caladium: Unkn
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 12
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 10″ – 12″

Epripremnum Aureum Silver: Silver Pothos
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Tradescantia Albiflora: Wandering Gypsy
Hardiness Zone: 9 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Magnifera Indica: Mango
Hardiness Zone: 11 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 20′ – 30′

Solanum Lycopersicum: Tomato
Hardiness Zone: 3 – 9
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Epripremnum Aureum Golden: Golden Pothos
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Rhus: Sumac Tree
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 9
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 7′ – 15′

Catalpa Bignonioides: Catalpa Tree
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 9
Bloom Season: Spring
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: 20′ – 30′

Dracaena Trifasciata/Sansevieria Trifasciata: Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Hardiness Zone: 10
Bloom Season: Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Grows To: 12″+
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 40 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Allium Fistulosum: Green Onion
Hardiness Zone: 5 – 9
Bloom Season: Fall
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 1′ – 2′

Saintpaulia Irish Laughter: Irish Laughter African Violet
Hardiness Zone:
Bloom Season:
Sun Requirement:
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Monstera Adansonii: Swiss Cheese Plant
Hardiness Zone: 10
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows To: 3′
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Philodendron Hederacum Heart: Heart Leaf Philodendron
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Epripremnum Aureum Pearls and Jade: Pearls and Jade Pothos
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

Aloe Vera: Aloe
Hardiness Zone: 10 – 12
Sun Requirement: Full Sun
Grows To: 1′ – 2′

Solanum Tuberosum: Potato
Hardiness Zone: 6 – 8
Bloom Season: Late Summer
Sun Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Grows To: Indeterminate

Epripremnum Aureum Snow Queen/Marble Queen: Snow Queen Pothos/Marble Queen Pothos
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun, Shade
Grows To: 8″
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 45 F
Plant Type: Easy Grower

What other kinds of information were you hoping to find? If you let me know, I may put together a list, based on my collection, in alphabetical order, with more information.

What plants do you have? Are you also a crazy plant lady? How long have you been collecting? Tell me ALL the things down in the comments!

xoxo

-S

You’ve got to go down to go up…

Hi friends

Here’s today’s video. I would like to request you watch the video before finishing the blog-post today because there is some good, lighthearted content and a non-farm update there for ya! But (and fair warning here) the end of the video gets quite heavy hearted.

So go head.

Watch it.

Then we’ll come back here and we’ll have a little chat.

Did you watch it? Of course you did!

Welcome back.

First of all – I would like to say that I almost didn’t add that ranty bit at the end. I gave a lot of thought to the fact that it was an emotional dumpster fire and that I didn’t need to air that stuff out in public. Part of me wanted to just dismiss it as it being close to my moon time and thusly, emotions are high.

And then I thought “F*ck. That.”

Seriously.

For starters, it may not always be pretty, but that’s the entire point of me starting this channel. I cannot expect myself to move forward if I don’t work through these things, and if even just one person who is watching is going through the same thing, then maybe they will feel like they are not alone out there and they know that they have someone they can turn to, who is also struggling, but who is also trying.

And one more thing – girls – it’s not okay to let anyone else make you feel like your emotions are less valid just because you are at a certain space in your cycle, let alone make yourself feel that way. So let’s squash that right the eff now. Would I have been still feeling this way if it were two weeks from now? Probably. Would I have been feeling this raw and open about it? Maybe not. But now is not a time for pushing emotions aside and hoping they fix themselves. Now is a time for progress.

So, as mentioned in the video, I recently attended a funeral, that turned out to be an all day exercise in catharsis. The deceased was the father of a childhood friend and classmate and the exposure to the closeness of death, especially that of a parent, paired with the exhibition of the success of a few of my classmates in comparison (by my mind only) to my lack of success really got me spiraling.

I began to experience this swelling vulnerability within myself that I’ve always somewhat felt creep in; but the “adult” logical part of me used to keep that all at bay. However, now I’m filled with this emotional wanderlust that I just can’t fight off anymore.

When I was young I truly and blindly believed that I was destined to be a rock star some day – and often I can be heard telling people that I was far too old to accept that I was never going to be a rock god by the time that I did accept it. Which is true. It hasn’t been that long.

Who’s fault is that, though? Really – it’s mine and mine alone. Sure I somehow missed the class where they teach you that you can be anything you set your mind to (but you have to put in more work than you ever though possible, pair that up with a burning desire to success at all costs, and an unwillingness to accept that you likely won’t actually attain that desire because of things like bills, college, romantic interest, and the all around perversion of whimsy that comes about around the same time you lose your final baby tooth and therefore your last bit of innocence and hope.) Then I chose to let other things become more important to me such as keeping that menial job because I have to have something to pay the bills, oh and let’s not even get me started on the countless amount of boys I spent my hard earned dollars on making sure they had every last possible thing they could desire.

Now what am I left with? An overly achy, over-weight body, debt that seems grow exponentially, gray hair, and bunch of mundane SHIT laying around my house that makes me miserable.

HOLD UP.

Disclaimer: Yeah, I know. I sound like a whiney, cry-baby, little bitch. Wah Wah Wah. I understand that there are people out there who have actual bad lives. They don’t have access to food, shelter, water, or even a safe place to be. I do have those things. So yes, in the grand scheme of things, in the ledger of the entirety of the world and the people who have it truly bad, I don’t rank very high. BUT, that doesn’t change the fact that I’m unhappy. I also am aware than in the heat of the moment I used terms such as “poor” in regards to my financial situation and that the mindset around that is negative. Damnit, I was falling into a pool of despair and I just needed to be able to tread water a little bit.

I’m sitting here telling myself that I should just do the things I want to do. Okay… What are those things? I mean there are a couple of things I dare to dream of, but on a day-to-day basis, I simply could not tell you what it would be that I would like to fill my time with doing. Now, in an upcoming video were are going to discuss a few options, and I’ve conceded to the fact that two or three things is better than no things.

If I truly think about it, my problem is this: I don’t dare to dream. Or I don’t dare to dream big enough. I feel ridiculously guilty when I do; and because I don’t dream, I don’t have any motivation to try or and gumption.

It’s time to change that. It’s time to take my eighteen-year-old self and shake her by the shoulders and say “Saho, if that boy didn’t like that you were singing, the problem is with him and the brokenness inside of him, not with you. Don’t let anyone put out your flame!” It’s time to take my twenty-three-year-old self and sit her down and say “Saho, you don’t have to take care of everyone and try to be so grown up, you can love without putting yourself through all of that”.

It’s time to take my thirty-year-old self by the shoulders and say “Saho, just because you love someone does not mean you have to change who you are in order to be with them. What’s meant to be is meant to be.”

And it’s time to look in the mirror and say “Saho, you had your cry and now it’s time to asses what you don’t like about your life and start to make some changes if you ever hope to be truly happy. You have something to offer this world and you’re not too old to find it.”

A lot of what I said in the vlog I meant. Actually, all of it.

I do hate my job. But I’m no fool, I know I have to have a job. I have to be able to pay the bills, and you know what? There is absolutely nothing wrong with selling insurance. Nothing. But it’s not for me, I know that. Just like the logical decision making, yes, from the standpoint of financial security I am going down the right path, but I have to kill the wild thing inside of me in order to stay on that path and I don’t want to do that. I want to nurture the wild thing. Therefore, I may have to start giving up some of my creature comforts or find a different way to finance them, because as much I hate to admit it, money is what makes the world go ’round.

I don’t have children so that is not a factor in my decision making. I’d like to think that if I did have children that would skew my perspective a bit. Something that has bothered me for a long time is the fact that I don’t have children, so you would think that I would have some amazing life experiences under my belt, and in a way I suppose that I do, but not in the way I had hoped.

Friday’s video will stem off of today. It won’t be anywhere near as raw of a tear down, but I really truly felt that if we were going to REALLY level up, we needed to start from the bottom, and there it was.

I hope this kind of clarified some of my emotions. I’m not as forlorn as the video makes me sound. That was some heat of the moment stuff. BUT! It is something that affects my decisions in the waking day, my mental health, and even my dreams. If it were you, wouldn’t you want to make a change, too?

Thank you for sticking with me and I hope to see you soon!

xoxo

-S

P.S. – I just want to say one more thing – I had a smaller version of the conversation about wanting to be close to my parents with a patron of the bar I work at and he told me “you can’t think that way, your parents want you to live your life”. Well yes, of course they do, but I don’t want to be away from my parents. I moved really far away from my parents just as soon as I could and I wish I hadn’t. Plus my mom is my best friend. One of my dude’s friends told me once that he thought it was seriously messed up that his girlfriend is best friends with her mom. Excuse me? My mom is a wonderful person and you would be lucky to have her as a friend and I will fight anyone who challenges me on that.

Seriously, though, I moved back to my hometown to be closer to my parents and I’ll be damned if I just don’t even know how to talk to my dad. Not because of anything other than I just don’t know what to say. I try to get by there often, but that’s not always the case. If I were to move away now and something happened before I could work through that with myself I would never forgive myself. Never. I’ve always tried to live my life by making choices that would not lead to regret, and while that is a win some/lose some strategy (obviously or we wouldn’t be here) there are certain things I am not willing to compromise on.

A Walk Through the “Garden”

Hello! Today I’m calling this video a garden tour for lack of a better reference, but I don’t truly have a “garden”. I have tomatoes started and they are going to be fall producers for me, indoors – and I might just force them to live forever so I have fresh tomatoes all of the time. We shall see. I also have a stacking planter that has some herbs and lettuces. Oh, and the potatoes… Those are going in this weekend. The rest of the tour is just a little trip through my oasis and the blank canvas before I get it developed. That’s a shot in the dark because of the fact that we rent our property so there is no telling if we will be here next year or not. However, this year, four years in, I have finally decided to approach it as though we will be and I will just have to adjust accordingly if we are not. Next year I have a spot picked out for a raised bed garden and I hope to get that going. I say I’m going to do something like this every year and I never do, so hopefully I will hunker down and plan and save all winter long so that when spring hits I can hit the ground running!

That brings me to this talk of legacy… Jessica at Roots and Refuge Farm is always talking about legacy and leaving the land with things growing and producing, and I don’t disagree (or rather – she has completely skewed my mindset for the better). Legacy is important. It’s how we bless future generations, even if they aren’t ours. So with that in mind, I’ve finally committed this year to planting things on the property that I live on that will come back year after year, and spread. When I moved in there was already an existing apple tree, which you will visit briefly in today’s video. That first spring (2017) I bought a packet of asparagus seeds on a whim at the hardware store (which I still have stashed). I never did plant those little buggers because I kept telling myself that this place wasn’t permanent so what’s the point? I won’t be able to enjoy them anyway.

Fast forward to 2021 and what have I been saying all summer long? I’d be enjoying a bountiful harvest of asparagus right now if I had just planted those seeds when I bought them. Back in 2017 I didn’t think I’d be living at this place for any length of time so I didn’t allow myself to truly do anything that was long term, but now I feel like even if I’m gone next year, then someone else will be able to reap the rewards right away without having to put in the effort and maybe, just maybe I’ll be lucky enough that the next place I go has some little surprises like that for me.

This year I’ve planted mint, ground elder, irises, vinca vine… I’m rooting some clematis and trumpet vine, I’ll be spreading hollyhock seeds, I am going to plant those asparagus seeds this fall, I have some daffodils to put in the ground, I have an experiment going with some cuttings of roses and lilacs from my momma, and I have a ton more perennial seeds that I’m going to make sure go in the ground. That and I’m going to collect as many milkweed seed pods as I can and plant a huge pollinator/butterfly garden in the back. There’s probably more that I am forgetting as well as some failures, such as trying to root some sweet peas and sumac. But! That does not mean I won’t try again. If we are here for even one more year, this property is going to be even more beautiful.

In the spring I intend to plant grass seed, or find a solution (I have a big package of red clover seeds) in the area where they replaced our septic tank last spring (2020). That whole process disrupted the seed bank and some much nasty thistle grew where the ground was bare. Yuck.

I’ve also started a project where I am just taking field rock and doing some landscaping (free materials and a project for me? Yes please!) and I have taken some big timbers and started to section off a parking area.

One more thing, as if I have the time/resources (and I may not even get to it), is to build an actual platform to keep our firewood on, because right now it is just a giant pile with overgrown grass and I truly hate it.

I hope you enjoy my little escape-zone. I filmed this footage at the very end of June so it’s already time for an update. I’ll get one out, but there’s more too see and talk about before that happens!

Tell me about how you want to leave legacy. Tell me what you’re growing and what you hope to grow in the future, AND, tell me what’s inspired you to do so!

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xoxo

-S

Snow Day and Regrowing Kitchen Scraps

Today was a Snow Day.

. . . What?

It’s April 10th. I just *literally* talked about how “spring has sprung” and there is so much to do outside, et cetera, et cetera, and here we are experiencing a snow day.

No matter! I actually love snow days. I love, love, LOVE getting snowed in. When I was a kid that meant no school (heck yeah! School was the worst ☉▵☉凸) and as an adult it meant no work (see the previous sentiment). What that used to equate to for me was sleeping until noon and getting up and watching T.V.

Not anymore! For the last year or so I absolutely adored snow days because it meant a cozy fire and me cooking all day and/or snuggling on the couch with my dog/dogs. ♥‿♥ So – still a hint of the laziness factor, but much more productive and soothing with cups and cups of piping hot coffee. Or tea (which has been my passion lately). Or hot cocoa (homemade of course).

The only sad thing about the snow day today is that I’ve got such an itchy case of spring fever! I want to get my gardens lined out and just start growing. Honestly, for my zone, it’s too early anyway – but that’s not going to stop me from starting seeds!

At any rate – I spent most of my day cleaning and have been working on an all day batch of chicken and noodles that I’m about to complete with the addition of some mashed potatoes and beer bread. Yummy!

Since last fall, I’ve started really taking up a fascination with regrowing kitchen scraps. Why do I always choose to do this stuff in the winter when I’m not very well equipped to grow something? Gah!

Here’s what I’ve got right now:

 

Butter Lettuce

This one is Butter Lettuce. My absolute favorite lettuce! I cheated a little bit because I bought it in one of those clam shell boxes that the lettuce has the root attached. I just stuck it some water in a sunny window. It seems to be doing pretty good after about three or so weeks. (I just started a gardening journal on Monday so I don’t really know what date I started any of these on. Bad Saho!)

Celery

From left to right: a leek in water (BUT I don’t think guy is going to make it. I got it from my brother-in-law and I think he cut it too close to the bottom, but I wanted to try it anyway.) This on is from St. Patrick’s day. Next is a celery in water with a few stones at the bottom. It’s the oldest one I have going and the healthiest. I started this one some time in February just from the end of the celery when I was done with it. They seem to be pretty hearty! Lastly is an ice berg lettuce heart from last Saturday, in water. It’s doing better than the picture makes it look. I seem to struggle with these guys. I always end up trying to grow them and they do well for a little while and then seem to fizzle out. Hopefully, if this one takes off I can get it into some soil fast enough and it will do great!

Potatoes

And finally. . . This is the stuff I have ready to start. 2 sweet potatoes that have been growing slips since before I had to put my sweet little Gato dog down.       o(╥﹏╥)o There is a russet potato that I pulled from the basket today, a golden potato in the back that you can barely even tell what it is because it is SO ready to go in the soil. It’s from probably Thanksgiving. A garlic that I want to plant. Also there is a single yellow cherry tomato. We get these from the grocery shopping store all of the time and we love them so I’m going to grow it from a slice this year. I tried that method out on a slicing tomato from the store in January and it worked really well, but it needed to go in the ground and I had no ground to put it in, so it expired. Dang it.

Confession time: sometimes I murder plants. ●︿● My mom told me the other day that my brother thinks that I’m half chlorophyll and my sister complained to me recently about how she doesn’t have a green thumb and I do. But I was there once, as well, and a lot of the time I still am. I do have great success growing plants, but I have just as much failure. The only reason I have the knowledge that I do is the trial and error that comes with it. Nobody is good at growing plants right away. I don’t care what they tell you.

So get out there and try it! I know my mom had some really good luck growing carrot tops! They are so pretty!

What have you grown recently? Are you experimenting with any kitchen scrap re-growth? Do you have spring fever as bad as I do? Let me know in the comments below!

XoXo

-S

P.S.- Sorry for the delay on this one today, it seems as though the storm was severely affecting my internet connection. Sad Face.