drifting in the breeze

| I will turn any living space in which I inhabit into a jungle just watch me |

about

every day I feel like my life is getting more and more like a farming video game and you know what? I'm fine with that.


hello!! it was stupidly cold outside today so have pictures of some of my inside babies instead!!


first pic- remember when I mentioned before that my grandmother gave me a cutting of one of her houseplants and I managed to get it to root?? it's grown from having only three leaves to this!! :D

second pic- the plumeria my aunt gave me has a lot more leaves now!! I think I need to give it a dose of fish emulsion and maybe move it to a bigger container, though.

third pic- MY SPIKEY SONS!! :D :D *wipes away a single tear* I'm so proud of them

they're getting so big now?? I still have more of them, they're all smaller and growing in different containers for spacing reasons, but!! I remember when these babies were the size of a pea with only a tiny little spray of spikes at the top when did they get so big??


good things in life:

-pet cat

-eat warm bread

-smell flower

-lay on moss

-watch sunrise


thoughts -

good morning everyone its the start of a new day its the start of a new month and im officially operating under the assumption that crazy shit will never stop happening so ill just keep trying my best to support and get supported like the social animal that i am


I've spent most of today outside working on a kind-of hügelkultur bed to try out growing on this year and I really hope it does good!! it wasn't what I was originally planning to do to the garden but it's absolutely a thing I've been wanting to try since I heard of it!

another wall of text under the cut bc I've been wanting to talk about this all day long asdfghjkl


so first off!! I'm 95% sure the way I'm doing this is bringing shame to the name of hügelkultur how dare I even call this atrocity the same thing and so on and so on and, full disclosure, I'm probably doing this totally wrong in a way that's going come back to bite me later on

but hey sometimes you just gotta experiment and see what you get out of life so here we are!

so from what I understand you're supposed to do for one of these beds is basically just making hills out of logs in the middle, twigs/leaf litter/grass and so on mounded around that, slap a layer of compost over that, and then you put like 1 ft of soil on top of all that.

the logs act as water storage, basically, sort of like a sponge for the middle of the bed, keeping you from having to water as much. twigs and leaf litter and so on break down quicker than the logs to help supply nutrients, compost helps feed the plants, and you put your plants/seeds directly in the soil. these beds are supposed to last anywhere from 1 year (if you decide not to use actual logs for the center of your bed and instead use things like woodchips) to 20 years (if you make a huge one with a ton of hardwood logs, which decay slower than softwood logs).

I'm using softwood logs for mine- a pine that fell down last year, to be specific. it's good and dead and already starting to decay a bit. I've put (by which I mean I had to get my dad to help me because each one of these segements were probably over 200 lbs each) 2 logs side by side, filling the middle gap with large and medium branch segements.

that was today's work. tomorrow, I'll be using a mix of compost and leaf-litter from the woods to start filling in the holes and gaps between the branches. I might end up having to use water to help settle it or that might make it just flow out, we'll have to see what happens!

after that, I'm going to try to put a layer of compost on the top and sides- we don't have a ton, so I'm not sure I'll quite be able to manage it- and then I'll be taking dirt not from the garden to try and build up as close to 1 ft of soil depth as much as I can all around it. and then I'll plant peas in it! because the root systems of the plants growing on the hügelkultur bed is what keeps the soil from just washing away, and it's not time to plant other stuff like tomatoes yet!

also there's some kind of wilt living in the big garden's soil that killed every single pea plant I sowed there so I'm highkey hoping that I can actually get some peas this year this way sdfghjkl. the side garden peas are still fine, but they're basically just a baby handful, nothing substantial.

if you use a wood that decays quickly it's apparently recommended that you plant your heavy feeders first, so I am actually going to plant a variety of things in the bed to try and compare them with the same variety of plant sown elsewhere. Like I'll probably plant either a squash or a cucumber at the very end of one side, and then plant the same variety of squash or cucumber a ways away, and see how the two plants do over the growing season compared to each other!

I'm incredibly curious to see how this turns out and I really hope that the results are at least slightly positive!! I'll try and see if I can get pics to show what's happening tomorrow, it's sort of a mess but I'm having fun with it lol


I have grape hyacinths growing in my yard! I'm going to collect some to make syrup!


I'm using up the very last bit of frozen pumpkin puree from last year to make a pumpkin pie and it smells so warm and comforting and spicy

it's a good smell for a sleepy rainy day like today


i spent so much time making a template of this meme in the way i like that i forgot my original meme idea


tiddywife -

pt 2


yeah so guess who figured out how to perch on human shoulders now?


she stayed up there for about 2 minutes and almost fell off like 50 times because she wouldn't stop trying to roll around while purring Very Loudly. because she is a very silly cat that fears everything in the world but falling, apparently.


naiad -

Denver Aquarium
9/25/18

instagram | ko-fi


thoughts -

you know whats sexy? setting small goals. maybe even smaller than what youre technically possibly capable of. cause then you can achieve them without it being this huge fuckin deal. like "oh my god i got here by the skin of my teeth with so much sacrifice". instead its just like. a thing that you did. and then you go on to do other things


crownedwithwisteria -

psa for anyone who plans to start a garden in the future,, save yourself so much pain and just place it in a way that you can just water the whole thing with a water hose at need

it will save your sanity and minimize the pain of toting water around to every corner of the garden because you've hit a hot dry spell and most of your seedlings are withering

sincerely, 'I've lost 95% of the cover crop I sowed over the big garden because of this and I seriously do not understand the logic behind this garden's placement, dear god why'


yugioh779 -

Yeah that's what we do. We have a big veggie garden and multiple flower gardens all over. All of them are within reach of our hose and we set a sprinkler up so we don't have to do anything but turn on the water. Trust me. Sprinklers are your best friend. Just set it up and turn on the water. We have so many gardens we can't possibly water them all by hand. I tried once. I nearly lost my damn mind lol


crownedwithwisteria -

god that sounds like bliss


yugioh779 -

Ye it's great. We usually have two going at once. We have so many things to water lmao. We have wide sprinklers so we can water our veggie garden at once (and that shit ain't small we are a family of 3 plus puppy, so 4 who eat veggies).

We can easily harvest 30 cherry tomatoes in one go and we can get around ten regular tomatoes. They go quick lol the cherries are my favourite. So sweet.

My pup loves the sweet peppers. We grow a lot because she and I eat them up quickly XD

We also grow herbs like thyme and mint. Tasty. What makes them good is its all natural. We don't put anything on them and we get like 90% of the harvest.

(not to brag but our record was 54 cherry tomatoes at once. We only lost 5 to animals)


crownedwithwisteria -

:D :D :D !!!

ohhh I'd love to plant 30 some cherry tomato plants, I'm basically the only one that eats them in my house though so I'm naturally forced to grow a larger number of regular tomatoes than cherries XD not that it's a bad thing, tomatoes are all so good!

I grow a lot of herbs too!! some of the herbs around here were planted by my mom- thyme, lemon balm, etc.- but since we use herbs so often around here I'm slowly working on expanding our selection at her request :D (we do all-natural gardening too!! :D we do have some issues with bugs, but we still get a good harvest from what we have!)

(that sounds like cherry tomato heaven aaaaa, and you only lost 5 from the lot?? that must have been a good harvest!! :D)


crownedwithwisteria -

psa for anyone who plans to start a garden in the future,, save yourself so much pain and just place it in a way that you can just water the whole thing with a water hose at need

it will save your sanity and minimize the pain of toting water around to every corner of the garden because you've hit a hot dry spell and most of your seedlings are withering

sincerely, 'I've lost 95% of the cover crop I sowed over the big garden because of this and I seriously do not understand the logic behind this garden's placement, dear god why'


yugioh779 -

Yeah that's what we do. We have a big veggie garden and multiple flower gardens all over. All of them are within reach of our hose and we set a sprinkler up so we don't have to do anything but turn on the water. Trust me. Sprinklers are your best friend. Just set it up and turn on the water. We have so many gardens we can't possibly water them all by hand. I tried once. I nearly lost my damn mind lol


crownedwithwisteria -

god that sounds like bliss


psa for anyone who plans to start a garden in the future,, save yourself so much pain and just place it in a way that you can just water the whole thing with a water hose at need

it will save your sanity and minimize the pain of toting water around to every corner of the garden because you've hit a hot dry spell and most of your seedlings are withering

sincerely, 'I've lost 95% of the cover crop I sowed over the big garden because of this and I seriously do not understand the logic behind this garden's placement, dear god why'


tiny apple, tiny pumpkin!

neither of these are taller than 1/2 an inch so you can imagine how many close calls I had when it came to my fingers getting in the way of the needle lol


hasenfu asked:

HI!! How did the needle felting go?

crownedwithwisteria -

hi!! :D is there a specific needle-felting thing you're referencing, or just in general?

for just in general, since I've gotten my kit, I've made five things: my rowlet, an attempt at a jack-o-lantern, a tiny apple, a tiny pumpkin, and an igglybuff that got tragically destroyed the minute I turned my back by an over-excited cat (it was the best project yet and I didn't even manage to get a picture of it :') a true tragedy)! overall, other than that little snag, it's all gone pretty well!

I've been thinking about messing around with trying to make my rowlet some friends to perch with on my bookcase- maybe a shiny rowlet?


hasenfu -

i tried search for needle felting and a post of yours from 4 months ago(?) was the only thing that showed up xD and you were only posting garden things recently so i wasn't sure.

pokemon are so good!! shinies are always better haha


crownedwithwisteria -

oh wow that's an empty tag XD yeah I mostly post gardening/plant stuff since that's by far my main interest, but I do a lot of different crafting stuff too! I just don't remember to post about it a lot lol. should probably work on that ahaha

:D


hasenfu asked:

HI!! How did the needle felting go?

hi!! :D is there a specific needle-felting thing you're referencing, or just in general?

for just in general, since I've gotten my kit, I've made five things: my rowlet, an attempt at a jack-o-lantern, a tiny apple, a tiny pumpkin, and an igglybuff that got tragically destroyed the minute I turned my back by an over-excited cat (it was the best project yet and I didn't even manage to get a picture of it :') a true tragedy)! overall, other than that little snag, it's all gone pretty well!

I've been thinking about messing around with trying to make my rowlet some friends to perch with on my bookcase- maybe a shiny rowlet?


also I realized while dealing with all the stuff for today's Problem that I have, at minimum, spent over 1,000 hours of my life obsessively researching about gardening, permaculture, and other related topics since I started my first garden and yet I show no sign of tiring

and apparently it's paying off in unexpected ways, one such example being that today I accidently scared my mother by yelling 'WAIT I KNOW THIS' right as she was closing out of a picture she took of some pretty flowers that she hadn't seen before and didn't know the name of but I was somehow able to correctly ID them as virginia bluebells

the triumph of a successful ID,, such a sweet feeling


today's gardening nonsense was almost entirely centered around me realizing that our large garden is basically completely spent and is in desperate need of a break and proceeding to spend the rest of the day figuring out what to do

beware all ye who even think of clicking the readmore, there be a solid wall of nonsense text under this cut.


so the main issue: this soil is tired. this garden has been used for growing things literally longer than I've been alive and as far as I can tell, this year it's just... it's done. it needs a break.

last year I actually got a pretty good amount of stuff harvested from it, but now that I've done research? I'm genuinely astonished that I got anything from the garden at all. the plants were stunted, the fruits and vegetables themselves far, far smaller than they should have been, and I know for a solid fact that there are diseases in the soil because they've killed a good number of my plants. pests were everywhere without enough predatory bugs to keep them in check. the ground is rock hard and basically pure clay.

now, we do have a side garden, but it hasn't been used for, oh... 8+ years? because it's a bunch of raised beds that have been absolutely devoured by lemon balm. there's a bit of a corner which only has low-growing weeds and dandelions, however, that could be dug out and planted in. additionally, in the same space, I have three 3 ft x 3 ft raised beds that my father made me when I first got into gardening last year, back before it became completely evident just how completely overboard I was going to go with the planting thing.

the only other fenced-in location I have is my bulb patch, which is 2/3rds full of bulbs, and is also in part shade. and that's it, that's all the space I've got that's fenced in and can't be attacked by chickens or rabbits or deer. and I want to fit a lot of plants into these spaces.

SO the only plans I've been able to come up with aaare:

-avoid planting legumes and nightshade plants in the main garden as much as physically possible. deer don't bother tomatoes (as far as I know) and my mother has mentioned that she once had luck planting cherry tomatoes at the edge of the woods, so there's always that if nothing else works. use the other gardens.

-set up soil-building layered beds over as much of the garden as is physically possible, and seed all the rest of the uncovered soil with cover crops. if plants have no choice but to be planted in main garden, try to plant in soil-building beds. keep vining crops off the ground on trellises as much as possible.

-mulch. mulch everything, heavily, and keep heaping it on as the seasons go on. the drainage and water retention of this soil is a mess and I highkey have no clue what's happening here. like @ dirt what are you doing.

-Actually Use The Compost Pile. is it disease-free and pesticide-free organic matter? can it decompose into fertile earth? throw that in the heap. eggshells, branch clippings, vegetable peels- everything. because more compost = wider spread of the soil-building beds + also = just more Good Stuff to add to the garden in layers because heaven knows it needs it (plus it makes good soil for raised beds in the future...)

-I need to do more research for this, but set the gardens up specifically to attract predatory insects that feed on disease-spreading pests like aphids and cabbage moths and so on. lady bugs, assassin bugs, preying mantises, parasitic wasps, I need way bigger populations of them all because otherwise bye bye plants when the bugs munch em all down to nubbins.

-frogs? I think I could use some frogs in the garden. I have no idea how to attract frogs to the garden without also bringing in mosquitos. I actually don't even know why they're a favorable thing? like, what they do to help? I'll research this more too.

-I'd love to give the whole main garden like five years minimum of rest and soil-building but let's be honest I don't really have a way to make that happen

ngl I'm having trouble juggling what I should be doing with the garden with what I'm physically capable of doing so like. everything is flexible and of course I'm constantly going over old stuff I've read and hunting for new things because I really just?? need to try stuff is how I see it. like, tbh the only physical way I could probably make things worse here really is to run around salting the earth, so at this point practically anything I try should at least help a little.

also everything might change too once I work my way through the pile of books currently residing on my desk that I'm tackling tomorrow.


Water Color Pokemon fan art

I was bored this day in quarantine so i decided to try out some of my water colors and have really enjoyed how they have turned out. Featuring a Happy shroomish, A Quagsire in a bunch of lilypads, My baby boy Roggenrola, and the boy im most proud of, the Happy Pumpkaboo!


my parents: *loudly projecting stress* *snapping at completely inoffensive things* *being heavily negative about everything*

me:


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