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My heart aches today. Tears keep forming in the corners of my eyes, and I have to physically shake them away to stop myself from full on ugly crying. How could the people of New Zealand do this? How could they re-elect such a selfish, money hungry government? Do people really believe that all those who are struggling actually deserve what they get?

I pushed myself to get out and achieve something with my Sunday, despite the heartache. I finally got around to making a fairy garden in my broken terracotta pot, and I planted lavender for the bees. I sowed sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and I filled in some of the holes in our lawn. It rained a lot. I got wet. It didn’t matter.

Fuck today.

ETA: I just realised how shitty those photos look. 

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Garden Irrigation with Ollas

Ollas are an unglazed terracotta vessel that traditionally resembles a bulbous vase with a tight neck. The vessel is filled with water then buried in the soil. The water slowly and gently releases through the porous clay to hydrate the plant.

Super bummed out we couldn’t find a pottery studio to make our own, so I’m experimenting with some ~8in high terracotta pots that should serve the same purpose. Protip: reuse wine corks to plug up the drainage hole. I bought matching lids to cover the pots to prevent mosquito infestations and reduce evaporation.

So far so good. I’m only testing on the gardening box that receives the most intense amount of sunlight. The water levels were almost completely drained at 7 days with temperature ranging for 30F to 60F in the past week. I’m sure the water level will go faster in the summer, but at least this means I can take a few days of vacation and not panic. The drawback to my vessels is that it does take away a bit of surface planting space.

I’ll probably do an update this summer to see how things hold up!

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