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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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Annnnd Another Terrarium

Sooo.. on this beautiful Saturday afternoon, I decided to make another terrarium. This time, I wanted to experiment with mosses and lichens. I’m prettttty sure that what I used included lichens, too. I bought this bag of “moss” at JoAnns, but I’m just not sure. Does anyone really know the difference by looking?

Check out my other terrarium tutorial for more info about how to assemble it. But seriously, it’s so freaking easy, I trust that you won’t mess it up. 😉

So here are the materials I used (except I forgot to include the soil, which isn’t actually 100% necessary):

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Here’s a really janky picture of the selection of mosses at JoAnn (does anyone else think it sounds stupid as JoAnn Fabrics? like it should definitely be “JoAnns” and everyone says JoAnns anyway. Kind of like “Nordstrom” vs “Nordstroms”…) BTW- download the JoAnn app for your phone and you can get all the deals there. I got the moss for like 3 bucks (I felt like an ass taking 40% off the one item I was buying at the store, but whatevssss). I learned the app tip from the blog www.radicalpossibility.com which by the way, is HYSTERICAL so you should definitely read it. I want to be friends with her like… sooo bad.

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And this is the one I specifically got:

IMG_2335Soooo- put the activated charcoal first (or gravel first), then the gravel, then the soil, then the moss. Add water and BOOM– you’re done.

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Make sure not to put these babies in direct sunlight or you will have fried moss and I’m pretty they’re not edible soooo what a waste hmm?

Send me photos if you’ve made one too!

-Daria

 

 

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Terrarium Tutorial Time!

I LOVE plants. Adore them. Very much an obsession of mine (I think I’ve made my point). Have you seen my instagram? It’s literally all I talk about and I’m pretty sure no one cares. Whatevs. So that brings me to…

…Terrariums, as they’ve become popular over the years, are great ways to bring green into your place. I especially like having plants in my apartment because I live in LA, and the only outdoor area attached to my apartment is a little balcony. And trust me, every inch of it is already filled with plants.

Succulents, as well as mosses and ferns, make great plants for your terrarium. As much as I love succulents, I REALLY like mosses and ferns, so that’s what I’ll be doing today.  This is my way of bringing aspects of the Pacific Northwest to my LA apartment. Feeble attempt, but what’s a girl gotta do?

So for this terrarium, I decided to go with a closed container, which creates the humid environment that is ideal for mosses and ferns.  An open container (so, one without the lid in case that wasn’t obvious) is ideal for succulents that prefer drier environments.

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I forbid you for judging me for using instagram for these pictures. The coolest thing about my camera is that is attached to my phone…sooo- sorry blogosphere, for not having a Canon 239439848 NADFSDF or a Nikon 454935455 WFDSx (I’m such a newb, I can’t even properly BS this subject…)

So this is what we’ll need:

  • Gravel/pebbles
  • Soil
    • Make sure it doesn’t have fertilizer (or at least not a lot). You don’t want your plants to outgrow their container!
  • Activated charcoal/carbon– you can find this anywhere that they sell fish/fish supplies (not the kind you eat…)!
    • Why activated charcoal? The charcoal helps lessen the chance of buildup of microorganisms (such as algae) and helps clean the air in the terrarium for your plant to breathe. It provides a minimal amount of carbon for your plant, because plants need CO2 (flashback to biology class). Activated charchoal is particularly necessary for closed containers.
  • A glass container
  • Moss
    • You can find this at Home Depot/Lowes. I actually got a mixed bag of all different mosses from JoAnn crafts.
  • Plants, such as ferns
    • I found mine at Home depot, and mine is a maidenhair fern, which cost about $3. Ferns & mosses do really well in highly humid environments and they grow pretty slowly. You could also do succulents. I wouldn’t choose fast growing succulents (such as Jade), but focus on small ornamental succulents that you can find at Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, etc…

Here’s the activated charcoal/carbon I bought from Petco. It’s $7 and more than enough.

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TADA!!!

Terrarium

Care for your terrarium:

For your closed terrarium, you rarely need to water it! Like… once a month. For a succulent terrarium (that’s open), like… once a week.

That’s a relatively large container as far as terrariums go, but I wanted something that was tall enough for the Maidenhair fern that I’m using.  This container is also made of 100% recycled glass. Glass is quite possibly one of my favorite materials for DIY projects.  It’s pretty, long-lasting and cheap. Loves it!

Did you know…?

  • Glass is infinitely recyclable. It doesn’t lose its quality over time, which is what makes it so environmentally friendly! HOW COOL!!! 
  • Glass if made of quartz sand, soda ash and limestone. It is made naturally in the environment by things like lightning & volcanoes.
  • The turnover time of recycling glass & having it out in stores can be as little as a month! That’s awesome and very efficient.
  • A glass bottle that is sent to a landfill can take up to a million years to break down. Recycle that sh*t!
  • For every ton of glass recycled, 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone, and 160 pounds of feldspar are saved.
  • Recycling glass produces NO by-products because glass recycling is a closed-loop system. This means that it creates no waste, which is definitely environmentally friendly.
  • Glass has a longer shelf life than any other packaging material. Beat that, plastic.

Side note: When I was picking out this glass container, I clumsily dropped on the floor, like an idiot. It literally BOUNCED on the wood floor, and didn’t break or even crack! I figured that buying this jar was fate, a fool-proof choice and perfect for my idiocy.

Wasn’t that FUN? I’ll keep you all updated, unless of course, my whole terrarium rots and in THAT case… jk it better not.

It’s so easy, you’ve gotta try it. It’s seriously fool-proof. Send me pictures of your final project!

-Daria

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