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Spring Renewal

Spring in Southern California is kind of a joke. We have “perfect” weather year-round. California’s subtleties in seasonal cycles can make it difficult to differentiate between the months. You have to go through the darkness to see the light, right? Figuratively, we don’t have that “darkness.” At the risk of sounding unappreciative, sometimes it’s hard to appreciate that beautiful day outside because we can trust that it’ll be there tomorrow and the day after. At least that’s how I feel.

My point is, it’s easy to fly by the seasons doing the exact same things when you live in a place that doesn’t obviously display its seasons. But I’ve made it a point of mine to change my actions/attire/perspective seasonally. That’s why I’ve planted a colossal amount of seeds. Even if spring is practically year round, it’s finally that time of year! So I went a little overboard at Home Depot and Orchard the other day. I always feel so dorky when I talk about plants, like I’m “too young” to be gardening. Then I realized that it doesn’t actually matter because at the end of the day, you’ve got to be unabashedly YOU.

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Yep. This happened. I usually never buy/plant any thing other than herbs, succulents and ferns. I’m branching out (puns)! I’ve decided to grow more vegetables and flowers. I used to think flowers were frivolous on such a small balcony but I’ve changed my mind. Flowers are awesome. Some flower seeds I got were Foxgloves, which are TREMENDOUSLY BEAUTIFUL and definitely too big for my balcony, Zinnias, Poppies, Baby’s Breath, Lupine and a few more. I also got more vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard, lettuces, arugula, malabar spinach, etc. AND herbs, as usual. Here are some herbs I cut today from my balcony.

Rosemary, grapefruit mint, chives, dill and parsley

Rosemary, grapefruit mint, chives, dill and parsley

I bought the 72 pod Greenhouse Jiffy kit from Home depot and put some seeds in! I was wondering how to label the seeds so I used some plastic-y tabs and wrote on them with permanent marker and devised a little organizational system to make sure I don’t mix them up.

seeds at www.ecospired.com

seeds at www.ecospired.com

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At first, this was the container I was using. Jokes! It’s too small. So that’s when I bought the 72 pod container and transferred these guys over (that’s why you’ll see that there are a couple of already-sprouted rows).

seeds at www.ecospired.com

What do you think? I’m so excited for these little guys to grow. My balcony/apartment will be a complete jungle. No complaints here!

Sushi, my little parakeet

Sushi, my little parakeet

This is my bird, Sushi. Don’t ask about the name. Named her 13 or so years ago! Ironic that I never had tried sushi at the time that I named her, and no longer eat sushi now…

terrarium at www.ecospired.com

Also, I got bored with the moss terrarium so I took some of Sushi’s bird seeds and just threw them in the terrarium. They’ve sprouted. Surprise!

Lastly, this is some seaweed concentrate that I got for the plants from Orchard. It’s apparently really great for the soil and foliage of plants and apparently keeps bugs from infesting your plants because they don’t like the taste. We’ll see!

seaweed concentrate for gardening!

seaweed concentrate for gardening!

Have you started planting yet? Spring cleaning? Let me know!

-Daria

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I’m Officially…a Plant Lady

I’ve lost my mind.

If you’ve been to my apartment, you’d know about my vast amount of plants. Like… 30 pots worth. Apparently that wasn’t enough.

Here’s my balcony “Before”: (these pictures were taken with my janky iphone)

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Here’s my balcony with 3 ridiculously huge hanging plants:

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Here are some other views:

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(My roommate is out of the country now… time to add more plants!)

SO- I bought 4 containers of Petunias. I don’t know if I really like them. All I know is that they were a whopping 75% OFF at Lowe’s and whether or not I liked them, I had to buy them. So, I bought 3 yellow and purple hanging baskets of Petunias. Like the Lakers’ colors (and I don’t even care for basketball…).

I also bought a big pot of pink Petunias. But before you judge me, They were literally $3.50. And they’re huge. So now I feel like I’m walking out into a jungle when I step out on my balcony, which I’m not sure if I hate or love but WHO CARES because now I’m stuck with my jungle in Los Angeles. Part of the reason I also bought flowers was because there’s this cute little hummingbird that’s been coming around to my balcony and looking around, probably wondering why the hell I have so much basil, spinach and succulents, and no flowers. GET AT ME NOW! I could supply a herd of hummingbirds with these flowers.

I’m not really sure why I’ve gotten soo into plants. I think a part of it is the fact that I’m getting a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies (tree-huggers, by virtue, like plants) and also, they’re my pseudo pets! All of my pets are at my parents’ house, an hourish away. So, I guess I’ve just adopted a colossal amount of plants to fill the void in my house and heart…so deep.

Anyway, the whole purpose of my trip to Lowe’s today was to buy the materials to make a vermicompost bin. In other words, a worm compost bin! I bought the materials and finished the project, but I’m too exhausted to talk about worms right now. I’ll write about them in the next day or so.

Do you live in a small space? Do you have plants? Comment and tell me about them!

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