grow your own good

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Here’s a side by side comparison of the Lunar Flower from Wolf’s Rain and the Nightblooming Cereus species known as Brahma Kamal that it was based on

Putting up stores

I can understand how people used to grow and preserve most of their own food. They could do it because they were home all day. What labor it is to grow and nurture and harvest and put away, even if the work is often disguised by a feeling of accomplishment. 

The truth is I don’t always love canning, but that is mostly because it takes time and I’m always knee deep in things I need to get done. It also can be hot and the food comes ripe when it’s still sticky summer. 

Combining forces makes a big difference though; you only need to do half the things and it takes half the time and afterwards you go out to dinner and celebrate that you don’t have to cook or prepare one more item of food…until tomorrow when you’ll finish the canning.

Everything in this photo is pickled; fermented pickles, sour pickles, pickled okra, the always sacred dilly beans, and pickled radishes with scallions. 

There will be more and it leads me to wonder, should I consider ways to put away food that doesn’t involve pickling? One can only eat so many pickles, right?

The summer apples are just starting to drop, which means I will soon be drinking fresh cider, baking pies to give away, and making applesauce for dusty winter shelves.

You Died

Author: Juju

Pairing: Sebastian Stan x Reader

Summary: Sebastian comes home only to find you crying. He freaks out, thinking something happened, but he calms down once he figures out what’s going on.

Warnings: A smidge of angst but it’s hardly there. A shit ton of fluff.

A/N: This happened like 2 minutes ago. There are still tears in my eyes. I don’t know why I decided to re-watch The First Avenger.

P.S. I just realized that I’m on my period and that’s why I’m so emotional. I’m sorry.

Originally posted by itsjustmycrazyvibe

“Y/N! I’m home!” Sebastian called out as he walked into your shared apartment. He turned to the living room, where you usually were when he came home, only to find it empty. He went to the kitchen, but you weren’t there either. On his way to the bedroom, he heard you sniffling and picked up his pace in fear.

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How to propagate succulents from leaves

Part 3/3 - planting young props

After they have developed roots and little plants, it’s time to pot them up…

I use a mix of 50% cactus mix and 50% volcanic gravel in wide shallow pots. When planting, I lay them at the edge of the pot so the parent leaf doesn’t touch the soil, and only the roots are touching their soil. They will work their way into the soil on their own :)

Usually I wait a day at least before watering newly planted props… it pays to be careful and only water the roots, and not let any water get on the parent leaf as they are prone to rot in the high humidity environment that young plants can thrive in.

Parent leaves will wither or rot on their own, there’s no real need to separate the babies forcefully. Sometimes they rot when the baby is only a few leaves big, but I’ve found that it’s ok to just leave them in mass prop pots and they might still grow, if very slowly.

Watering should be done more often than with adult succulents - don’t let the soil get bone dry, but don’t let it be soggy either. Constantly moist is good, with occasional deep waterings and opportunities to dry out a little more (let the top inch of soil dry out but not the whole pot).

Light should be bright shade-partial sun, no harsh direct noon sun but a few hours of morning/afternoon sun should be ok.

Different succulents grow at different speeds, some kalanchoes, graptopetalums and sedums can be fully grown in a matter of months, but most echeveria and others grow much more slowly ! I tend to separate the aforementioned three from the rest of the props, as they suck up water and grow roots very aggressively, crowding out the slower-growing plants.

That’s about it for how I propagate succulents with leaves ! Didn’t expect it to take so many posts, but I hope this helps :)

Be patient , good luck, and have fun growing your own lovely little forest of baby plants 🌱

anonymous asked:

Wat are the most important plants for a witch to at least start wit

This is a fantastic question!!!!

Okay, so I dunno about anyone else, but since I’m a kitchen witch, most of the herbs I think are the most important can be found at any store anywhere for pretty effing cheap. That being said, Here’s my very personal list!

  1. Basil!
    1. Super Easy to find, I use basil for a zillion things, including but not limited to; protection, money, good luck, curses, happiness, spirit work, and banishing! I also would recommend any kitchen witch ever to grow your own plant in your windowsill. It draws in good luck, kicks out any nasties, and tastes delicious in literally everything!
  2. Mint!!
    1. First off, I love all things minty. It makes me feel fresh and clean and brilliant and powerful. Second of all, it’s a surprisingly good addition to Italian recipes, like my spaghetti(little does my girlfriend know)! Besides for that, it’s also really good medicinally for treating upset stomaches, headaches, and congestions/colds. I use mint in money spells, as well as for good luck, happiness, and protection!
  3. Lavender!!!!!!!!
    1. I don’t know if I can even put into words my undeniable love and obsession for this little purple flower. First off, I thin kit smells like the most dazzling thing in the world. I love it. Second, it’s so good for you and your body. It’s an astringent, it helps with headaches, its good for flesh wounds, it helps you sleep, it helps me when I’m nauseous, and it puts me in a better mood. I use lavender in every single working I do just about. I consider it and coffee grounds like my signature, so to speak. But anywho, you can use it for sleep magick, happiness, relaxation, emotional works, protection, love, de-stressing, dream magick, I even use it for spirit work.
  4. Black Pepper
    1. This is so basic and so simple! I use black pepper the most in my powder mixtures, including but not limited to curse powders, confusion powders, banishing mixtures, and protection mixes. Black pepper is a powerful herb in my practice, and one I couldn’t possibly go without! Not to mention it’s a necessity in cooking!
  5. Rosemary!
    1. Rosemary is another super common kitchen herb, and one that I think goes incredibly well with omelets :) Besides that, rosemary always struck me as an herb that focuses around the heart. Because of this I’ve always used it in things like love spells, or relationships, family, friendships etc. You can add it to sweetening jars, use it for protection, and also for good luck. 
  6. Chili Powder or Cayenne
    1. I don’t really separate the uses of these, except when using one of the other I may decide to include the opposite to add exra fire or heat to a spell. I use spicy, hot herbs in spells for romance, passion, sex, protection, and curses as well! I also like to use hot sauce sometimes!

Other Not Necessarily Herbs I Recommend

  • Coffee Grounds
    • I use this as a signature of sorts on all of my spells.It makes them uniquely mine! But asides for that, I also use them to give extra boosts of power to my workings. Coffee is a stimulant, so I use it when I need…well..stimulation! Examples would include money spells, attraction spells of all kinds, curses, protection, banishings, and anything else I want to give a little nudge to. 
  • Salt! 
    • I don’t even think I need to go into this one that much?? Salt is a witches best friend! Good for everything and anything from purification to banishing to charging to cursing. 
  • Dandelion
    • It’s very easy to find, and useful for spells requiring stability and longevity. Often times I decide what properties an herb has by thinking about its natural tendencies. Dandelion is a voracious weed, spreading quickly, and very hard to eliminate. It’s roots are deep and strong and sometimes impossible to remove. IT’s a solid, structured plant and so I use it in spells where I need strength and foundation. 
  • Sugar!
    • Good for lots of stuff, including love spells, friendships, sweetening jars, emotional works, romance, protection and attraction spells of all kinds(like drawing in money, or attention or a job etc.) Can also be used as a body scrub that is heavenly for your skin!

Okay, That’s my most basic and simple recommendations! I hope this is useful enough to get you started Nonny!

Astrology Legacy

Finally this is going up!! I don’t think you all know how EXCITED I am to be starting this! This legacy was made by @leaflysims,  @tropiccoconut. , and me! They’re all awesome people and you should check them out

General Rules:

1. You MUST complete aspiration and career unless told not to or given other instructions.
2. Minimal cheats are allowed, very small money cheats only if needed. freerealestate is allowed for generation one.
3. Lifespan Normal for whole legacy.
4. All heirs must be color based on planets (makeup, hair, clothing, ect.) pick skin tone as you wish.
5. You may live wherever you wish, unless told specifically.
6. Must complete all tasks before moving on to the next generation.
7. This generation includes some packs, so skip the task if there is not an alternative
8. Tag the legacy with #astrologylegacy so we can see it!

Generation One: Sun

Ever since you were a little girl, you thought the world revolved around you. You believed that money was the only thing that would keep your life happy and in order. Now, you’re a young adult, joining the “real world” and by this time it’s time to get a job. The rich crowd is where you want to be and you’re dedicated to getting there.

Traits: Snob, Creative, Materialistic

Career: Critic

Aspiration: Fabulously Wealthy

-Get to level 10 of Art Critic Branch of the Critic career - Grand Steward of the Arts (business career if you don’t have CL)

-Complete Fabulously Wealthy aspiration

-Get engaged as a Young Adult and marry as an Adult

-Complete Logic skill

-Have a big house by the end of the generation (start with something small and grow)

-Never run out of money

-Always pay bills on time

-Have 1 children

Generation Two: Mercury

You were a single child, always getting what you wanted. Being the only kid, loneliness became your everyday feeling. You finally started school, and made some friends and started communicating. Social skills became your expertise and when you were a teen and you always broke your curfew. Chatterbox was your nickname and you are honored to have it.

Traits: Outgoing, Insider, Gloomy

Career: Social Media

Aspiration: Friend of the World

-Be very lonely as a kid

-Make 8 good friends as a child

-Complete Social skill as a child

-As a teen, break curfew often

-Complete Charisma and Comedy skill

-Complete Friend of the World aspiration

-Get to level 10 of Internet Personality Branch of Social Media Career - Internet Superstar (entertainer career if you don’t have CL)

-Have three children

Generation Three: Venus

As a young adult, you felt like you needed to find love. You just wanted someone to be with to enjoy the moment you had with them, even if it was a one night stand. After a while, you got tired of the same old thing over and over again. You want the real thing now, but you’re also starting to run out of money. Looking for true love with a whole ton of ex’s is going to be a lot harder than you thought.

Traits: Romantic, Materialistic, Lazy

Career: None

Aspiration: Serial Romantic

-Inherit most money from family

-Complete Baking skill (mixology if you don’t have GTW)

-Have two boyfriends as a teen

-Complete Serial Romantic aspiration

-Be a Retail Employee as a teen but quit after three days

-Have 8 failed relationships as a YA (none will be your ‘true love’)

-Marry a childhood friend

-Go on a date with your husband/wife every friday night

-Never get a job as a YA-Elder

Generation Four: Earth

As a child, you always loved the outdoors. You loved to play, go to parks, and look at plants. When you were alone, plants were the thing that kept you company. It might sound weird to other people, but it sure wasn’t to you! You started to see that people wouldn’t protect your plants or the nature around them. This pushed you to be a confident politician that fights for plants!

Traits: Loves Outdoors, Self-Assured, Vegetarian

Career: Politician

Aspiration: Freelance Botanist

-Complete Mental skill as a child

-Get a part-time job as a Manual Laborer as a teen

-Complete Freelance Botanist Aspiration

-Get to at least level 5 of Politician Career but complete career if you can (writing career if you don’t have CL)

-Marry someone with Loves Outdoors trait

-Volunteer at a Beach Cleanup every week.

-Complete Fossil collection

-Complete Gardening skill and get Fishing skill to at least level 2

-Grow a cowplant

Generation Five: Moon

when you were little, you aspired to be like your mother, dedicated to what she loved. But this time its different. your mom wanted you to be ‘down to earth’ but you couldn’t get you head out of the clouds. You’d spend hours and hours in your room dreaming about space. Going to another planet was your only goal in life.  When you become a young adult, the first thing you do is get a job in the scientist career to achieve your goal. Working and working and working, you never thought about love. It never was appealing to you anyway.  Suddenly, you meet someone at work and they sweep you off your feet.  After going to Sixam, you want to be with them.

Traits: Unflirty, Genius, Loner

Career: Scientist (astronaut career if you don’t have GTW)

Aspiration: Nerd Brain

-Complete Mental skill as a child

-Complete Handiness/Woodworking (if you do not have gtw) and Rocket Science skill and get at least level 5 of Logic skill

-Build a Rocket and go to Sixam (Go to Forgotten Grotto if you don’t have GTW)

-Marry a co worker

-Have 2 best friends (can be relatives)

Generation Six: Mars

As a child, you never really had the time to be with your parents, so since they weren’t around, you decided to be mischievous to get their attention. As a teen, you brought over new romance interests every once in awhile to see if they would pay attention to that, but it never really worked. You grew angry at them and ran away on your birthday turning into a young adult without telling them.  A job opened up at a criminal service, and you decided to take it to the next level. Mischief and bringing new love interests to your apartment was the only thing that kept you happy and keep the thought of your parents away from your head. One day you woke up feeling sick, and took a pregnancy test. You were pregnant but didn’t know who the father was, so you kept the baby for yourself.

Traits: Active, Noncommittal, and Hot-Headed

Career: Criminal

Aspiration: Public Enemy

-Move out as soon as you age up into a young adult and lose contact with parents

-Never get married and live alone as a young adult

-As an adult, move in with a sibling

-Make at least 5 enemies

-Have 5 boyfriends/girlfriends in your lifetime (don’t have them last long)

-Accidentally get pregnant (only once)

-Complete Public Enemy Aspiration

-Get to level 10 of the Boss Branch of Criminal Career - The Boss

Generation Seven: Jupiter

Your mother was a criminal, and was very good at doing bad things. Being a kid, your mother taught you bad manners, morals, etc. Growing up, you saw how your mother treated people and it started to make you feel bad for everyone being treated terribly by criminals. You wanted justice… more so, revenge on all those criminals, including you mother, and wanted to be good. Before being able to move out, you had a huge fight with you mother about what she was doing and asking her to realize what she’s done to people. You still didn’t want to lose connection with her like she did with your grandparents, but as soon as you became a young adult, you joined the detective career. As your mother grows older, you help her become a better person since you want to forgive her, but all the other criminals out there need to be arrested. Now. Once you have children, you make it your duty to make sure they don’t grow up to be like your own mother.

Traits: Goofball, Good, Perfectionist

Career: Detective

Aspiration: Super Parent

-Make one enemy as a child

-Get in a big argument with mom as a teen

-Move out when you become a young adult but still keep contact with parents

-Complete Super Parent aspiration (Successful Lineage if you don’t have Parenthood)

-Get to level 10 of Detective Career - Chief (secret agent career if you don’t have GTW)

-Master Parenting skill

-Invite family (mom/dad, aunt, uncle, cousins, etc.) for a dinner party once a week

Generation Eight: Saturn

Your mother taught you correctly, maybe too correctly. You didn’t get jokes that she told you, even though that’s all she talked to you about. You take things very seriously, especially your food. Cooking was your job in the family ever since you were a child and you loved it. Growing up, you wanted to be an amazing chef and maybe own your own restaurant. When it was time to move out, you still loved to cook, so you decided to get some work experience as a chef for another restaurant. After gaining some experience, you finally opened up you own.

Traits: Clumsy, Foodie, Neat

Career: Culinary, eventually own a restaurant.

Aspiration: Master Chef

-Do all the cooking and chores in the house as a teen

-Get A’s in school

-Master Cooking skill

-Get to at least level 5 of Baking skill

-Complete Master Chef aspiration

-Start off in the culinary career (until level 5), then quit and own your own restaurant (continue working if you do not own dine out)

Generation Nine: Uranus

Your parents were out working in the restaurant while you would stay home. You did very good in school, but you loved video games and parties. Gaming all day, and partying all night! You love to show off your moves to others, and that includes your gaming movies too! You win almost every gaming tournament and are the life of the party.

Traits: Geek, Childish, Dance Machine

Career: Tech Guru

Aspiration: Party Animal

-Get B’s or A’s in school

-Join a dancing club

-Master Gaming and Dancing skill

-Complete Party Animal Aspiration

-Get to level 10 of eSport Gamer Branch of Tech Guru Career - Champion Gamer

-Make at least 10 friends

-Meet up with your club at least once a week

-Win 3 gaming tournaments

-Always go to Geekcon (if you have CL)

Generation Ten: Neptune

Your mother liked to party and dance, while you liked to sing and draw. You had a strong relationship with her, but didn’t have many good love relationships. Singing was what attracted everyone to you and you didn’t really liked the attention, but dealt with it anyway. You also had a secret passion for art, but didn’t tell anyone but your best friend and mother. Singing and art were your favorite things to do, and you didn’t want to do anything else.

Traits: Art Lover, Creative, Hates Children

Career: Entertainer

Aspiration: Musical Genius

-Complete Musical Genius aspiration

-Get to level 10 of Musician Branch of Entertainer Career - Concert Virtuoso

-Master Painting and Singing skill

-Perform on streets every week (If you have CL)

-Marry the love of your life as an adult

-Have one best friend and a good relationship with parents

-Have no children

If there are any problems with the legacy, message any of the creators. We haven’t played this, so if there are changes to the legacy that will make it better then we will tell you. Happy Simming!

y'all might not care and that’s all good but since it’s now legal to grow your own cannabis in Maine (if ur 21+), i’ve spent the last few months saving up for some Northern Lights autoflowering seeds and a small hydroponic setup, and I figured i’d keep a little journal about my grow on here just for fun. i’ll tag posts about it with “#4grow” so if you don’t wanna deal with seeing me talk about it then you can blacklist that!

i’m starting germination with two seeds tonight, hopefully they’ll sink tomorrow and then i’ll be transferring them over to the paper towel to pop their first roots, wish me luck on my first grow !

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I wasn’t kidding. It is chilly here this morning! We had a little frost this morning so the zucchini and summer squash plants are all done. Magically the pepper plants survived for whatever reason. I harvested a bunch of tomatoes and a few onions (they didn’t get very big this year), picked a pumpkin, and saw that a canteloupe had broken off the vine. I purchased all “mini” versions of the melons and pumpkins because our growing season is so short. I won’t know if this little guy quite got ripe enough until I cut into him. It was such a strange year for gardening here. Time to start planning for next year!

anonymous asked:

Claus, what would be better, letting your brother go with his significant other, or breaking his heart by driving Ness out of the house? Think about how hurt he would be if you of all people mortally wounded his boyfriend.

Claus: You don’t get it, okay? 
Claus: I mean- like, you know when you’re a kid, and your parents make you eat your vegetables or whatever, and even though you can’t understand it, and you think they’re the cruelest people on earth, you eventually grow up and realize it was all for your own good. 
Claus: Maybe I lost my head a little, but Ness… he’s no good. I refuse to let my brother marry that fucking bum. It might hurt him now, but he’ll thank me in time.

Claus: Also, Ness is fine. He’s a PSI-user too, so it’s not like this stuff’s foreign to him.
Ness: Ugh. It still hurts, bro. On the inside. Why did you want me to talk to your laptop again? I’ve got to get ready for work. 
Claus: Some… friends want to know what you like about my brother.

Ness: Oh, I get it. Tryna test me, right man? No prob. 
Ness: Lucas is… perfect. He’s the most selfless guy I know. Determined, too. And when he smiles with his eyes- well, I’m starstruck every time. He’s cute, he’s honest, and he’s the strongest person I’ve ever met. He really knows how to make a guy feel like he’s worth something, you know?
Ness: Also, he deals with you without complaining. That should mark him as an angel in itself. 
Claus: Watch it, asshole.

rebel-rebel  asked:

Hello! So you said Kaeden was bi but leaning strongly towards women but what about Ahsoka? Right from when I watched the clone wars I knew she defo wasn't straight - but how did you write her potentially identifying? (Also I adored the book ❤️)

Hey guys. I know you really want an answer to this question. Heck, fan!Kate also really wants an answer to this question. But I can’t give it. It’s above my pay grade. And, frankly, I don’t know.

(And we might never know. Please grow up and write your own on-the-page queer characters. Goodness knows, we need them!)

What I will say is this: I wrote AHSOKA with you in mind. Your interpretations of Ahsoka are important, and I’m glad I got to add my thoughts to yours, even if I had to be vague about it.