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“I can’t keep plants alive”

I’ve heard that “argument” for not having kids a few times.

I have to ask, is that a true worry or is that one of the random “excuses” people feel they are forced to come up with when they don’t want kids (by the way, the only valid excuse should be “because I don’t want to have kids.” I’m sorry, but people should never be pressured or told they are selfish if they don’t want to have kids.

This question is coming from someone who has managed to keep 2 kids alive- for 8 years almost now (8 years next month for one and 3 years for number 2) but still managed to kill cacti and other “impossible to kill” plants. It’s so much easier to keep children and pets alive than it is to keep a plant alive, at least in my book.

With kids you just have to provide food, shelter, water/milk, teach safety and make sure they aren’t in dangerous situations.

With pets, it’s the same.

With plants- make sure the soil is perfect, the temperature and lighting is perfect and give them water- but not too much. That’s not enough… no! that’s too much… you just killed it.

Inside plants are the worst when you have cats. You can’t put something by the window, if you do, the cat will perch. With the cat perching, they will likely destroy the plant, make a mess and destroy the blinds.

Outside plants are a bit easier, until it rains and you end up with mud soup. You go outside in the morning after a hard rain and watch your flowers floating around your garden. Or you see huge bite marks in your sunflowers. Or your tomatoes are ate up.

I’ve had successful gardens a few times but more than once I’ve had unwanted visitors eating my plants and over watered succulents. Every year I’ll keep trying to keep plants alive, but I will always say- it’s much easier to keep kids alive than plants.

 

 

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This coming June I’m taking my first ever paid vacation from work

Since I’ll have a full week off, I have decided that the month of June I am going to try to do one post a day and come up with either 1 post or one article to submit to a magazine or blog every day through June.

Coming up with ideas shouldn’t be too difficult.

I have 11 more days in this month and I’ll be brainstorming topics (privately) and I’ll try to come up with 30 varied posts.

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Planting seeds

I started prepping for the garden today, finally. I have 6-8 weeks until it’ll be time to plant them in the ground.

My two year old helped me put the dirt in the pots and I actually got the 7 year old to plant a few. Of course, neither of them wanted to go with my plans (neat rows with each type of flower/vegetable/herb labeled so it was haphazardly tossed in and it’ll be a fun surprise when they grow.

My first year with a garden, I had sunflowers the size of the first floor of our apartment and very healthy tomato plants. I also made the mistake of planting basil in an uncontained area. I was literally chasing people down the sidewalk with handfuls of basil asking if they’d like some (had a few bags frozen and was using some to cook with- just had way too many plants pop up)

The second year, my plants failed to come up. Everything I tried, nothing was living and the garden didn’t look half as good- even with pre-grown plants and we moved the next year and got a very late start. All the plants I pre-planted had died by that time. We had a hideous bush our landlord was saying she’d have removed. We finally got fed up and my husband cut it down. We kept a bit of stump and stick and I’ve been perching some decorations inside. I’m thinking about painting it and tying different color ribbons.

This year, I’m planning on having as full and beautiful a garden as I can. I planted extra seeds (I used the full packs) so hopefully I’d have enough healthy enough plants to fill our little section of land.

 

From the time I was a child, I had plans laid out for a huge, elaborate garden- the type that fills up at least one acre of land. It came complete with benches, patios, a stone walkway and lots of statues and fountains. It’s still a vision in my head- that I want to make reality. When I was young, I played Rollercoaster Tycoon and always had awards for best scenery- I’d build the park up then expand to design the gardens.

I think planning for my garden and actually laying it out is my favorite part of Spring and the time is finally here to start my plans. My goal in life is to live out away from everything and live sustainably- plant my own fruits, veggies, get my meat and eggs locally sourced (or through hunting) and have a well for water. I don’t trust grocery store produce, although I do have to eat it and I don’t trust grocery store meat- although we do have to buy it. I have toyed with making my own facial products, cleaners and dishsoap. I attempted to make my oldest’s wipes but couldn’t use cloth diapers.

I have no idea when I started to take an interest in that way of life, but it seems peaceful, relaxing and a lot of fun.

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One of these days i would love to add woodworking to my skills.

I would love to live on a few acres, have a full size vegetable and fruit garden, my own wood shop with a full tool kit as well as professional grade tools and spend my days woodworking, gardening, drying herbs and creating. That seems like it would be a dream life. I haven’t learned much with woodwork outside of basic burning and the basics of sawing and nailing but I also don’t have room in my small apartment to learn something that messy.

I am working on learning how to quilt. My first was successful but I have too many pieces cut that don’t match and no one off the top of my head to give a baby quilt to.

I’ve been watching embroidery videos and practicing the stitches they are teaching. I just dyed my first piece of fabric and already have plans for what I’m going to do with that.

Sewing is fun, it’s a creative outlet but there is something about the smell of wood- after you finish wood burning or when you’re cutting into it- it smells amazing and the results are beautiful.

One of these days i would love making tables, chairs and even beds.

I am planning on starting an herb garden this year and dry them out.

I also have plans to plant one or two small vegetable plants.

I’d love to get my 6 year old interested in doing arts and crafts with me, but I did get my 2 year old to paint her first birdhouse a few days ago and she loves coloring, painting and everything else.

I have been practicing Wood burning- letters and numbers. I know it’s not a hard craft to do, but I’m still learning. That was my first attempt- it was messy and sloppy so we turned the piece I was working on into a shelf so you can’t see what I was doodling.