seed organization

anonymous asked:

What do you think of Kylo's scar discourse?

In ROTJ they literally changed Luke’s lightsaber color to green because it was easier to see against the sky in the fight on tatooine. 

Like they straight up inadvertendly invented alernate kyber crystal lore because blue was kinda hard to make out, and ya’ll are losing your shit over like, an inch. 

How to Plant Flowers From Seeds to Help Save The Bees!

Originally posted by lottiedotts

The rusty patched bumble bee has recently been listed as endangered and all bees are in trouble due to habitat destruction, pesticides, parasites, and other causes, but there’s an easy way you can help! Planting flowers is a wonderful easy way to help pollinators! Now is a great time to plant some seeds since Spring just started. I created an easy guide about planting seeds for anyone who would like to try. This information also applies to vegetable seeds. Don’t get overwhelmed by the long list, these steps are actually rather simple and take place over a few weeks. I just wanted to provide as much information as possible, but I would still recommend reading the whole thing, or printing it out, since it’s all useful information. :)

Important: Go organic and do not use pesticides! Your flowers will be pretty useless if you use pesticides on them, you can’t use them, and the bees can’t use them either if they’re coated in chemicals. Pesticides can kill bees and other insects . Non-organic chemicals and pesticides are a cause of pollution, destroying animal habitats! Try to find soils and seeds labelled “Organic” and do not use pesticides! 

Please also do not kill caterpillars and worms and other beneficial insects. If a caterpillar is bothering you, do not kill it, move it elsewhere instead.  When caterpillars grow up, they turn into beneficial butterflies!

1. Pick out some pretty flower seeds and plant labels and a sharpie if you don’t have one (and an indoor seed starter if you want to start your seeds indoors. check your packet, some seeds say to only start them outdoors. I personally think starting seeds outdoors is way easier.) 

Tips for picking out seeds: 

  • In general, bigger seeds are easier to get to sprout and less delicate. 
  • Get perennials or natives if you don’t want to water them less often. 
  • Non GMO means non genetically modified. 
  • Organic seeds are better for the environment. 
  • Some flowers, like nasturtiums, are edible, If they are edible, its say on the back of the packet.  
  • Some flowers can also be used in flower arrangements, dried, or used in teas (it’ll say on the back of the packet. You can also google lists of edible flowers, good cut flowers, good dried flowers, and good tea flowers.) 
  • Bees like most flowers, but you can also google a list of flowers bees like best.
  •  You can also find the height at full size, and whether the plant needs to grow in the sun or shade on the back of the packet.

2. google to make sure they aren’t invasive in your state, and find out what number zone you live in if you live in the US.

3. follow the directions on the packet for planting time and location. It usually says when to plant them based on a frost date, which you can find out from googling “<the name of your state> frost date”. You don’t have to be exact about seed planting depth, just get as close as you can. The germination time is how long it’ll take the seeds to sprout. Keep the seed packet somewhere where you can find it.

4. Label your seeds with the plant labels and sharpie. Write when you planted them and the name of the flowers.

5. Check on your seeds every day. Water them when the soil is dry. If they wilt, don’t worry, try watering them, and they might come back up the next day! Some seeds also take a while to sprout, so keep watering them, they’ll sprout eventually!

6. (If you are using an indoor seed starter) Once your seedlings are a few (around 1-3) inches tall, take them outside and plant them in the ground. 

7. Continue watering when the soil is dry. Native plants, perennials, and shrubs don’t really need watering once they’re big. Watering plants can be a fun relaxing activity and a good excuse to get outside more.

8. You did it! You have flowers! Thank you for helping the pollinators! :D

Please reblog to spread the information! Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Originally posted by anishacreations

No matter on which side of the debate you stand there is something inherently wrong with a few multi-national corporations trying to buy control of our worlds seed supply. When saving your own seed from plants you grew makes you a lawbreaker I say that is the line in the sand.

They are engineering their seed to promote the industry wide use of chemical pesticides on the commercial farms under the guise of “helping” the farmer but this too is backfiring. Mother Nature can not be controlled. The very bugs they seek to control are evolving into new threats. What do I think when I see GMO? I see a red flag that says this ingredient/ vegetable has been drenched in chemicals from seed stage through growing and some (potatoes) during harvest. I see a product that is contributing to colony collapse disorder. If the bees go so do we.

Monsanto shareholders were given the opportunity at the latest annual meeting to vote on getting behind the GMO labeling effort. A mere 4% voted for the proposal.

I grow using organic methods and I do my best to use heirloom seed which I save for the next year. Does this mean I don’t grow a few hybrids? No, I do once in awhile. Hybrid does not mean GMO. You can be sure though when I do I buy only varieties not owned, patented or distributed by Monsanto, Seminis, et al supplied retailers. Those old time varieties your grandparents grew for years and years you buy from the big box stores Big Boy, Better Boy,etc. have been bought out and added to a corporate stable. No they are not GMO but why do a few companies feel the need to own it all?

Control the food supply
Control the world

PS: yes, I am aware potatoes are not GMO as of yet but conventionally grown commercial potatoes receive three doses of chemicals during their growing season. Once at planting, once during growth and again at harvest.
Lemon Poppy Seed Whoopie Pies

Spring is in the air, I just feel it! The days are gradually getting longer and I am itching to start planting my garden.  Unfortunately, I still have a couple of months for that to happen but it’s getting closer day by day.

When I think spring, I think of citrus flavors and scents.  You know, that clean and refreshing aroma and taste!  Lemons are pretty to look at arranged in a large bowl on your kitchen table; the scent is uplifting, and the taste will delight your taste buds.

I suggest making a batch this weekend!

Ingredients for batter:

1 cup organic unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup organic pure cane sugar
1 T organic lemon rind
1 T organic poppy seeds
½ t baking soda
1 t organic and vegan pure vanilla extract
2 T organic lemon juice
½ cup organic coconut milk
¼ cup organic coconut oil, melted

Ingredients for filling:

2 cups organic powdered sugar
½ cup vegan butter
5 T organic lemon juice

Method for batter:

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

Lightly grease one whoopie pie pan, set-aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, lemon rind, poppy seeds, and baking soda.  Mix in the extract, lemon juice, coconut milk, and the coconut oil.  Batter should be smooth and slightly thick.

Fill each whoopie well with 1 ½ tablespoons of batter.  The batter should spread evenly into the well; if not, lightly tap the pan on the counter to distribute batter.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Let the cakes cool for a few minutes in the pan.  Remove and place on a wire rack to fully cool.

In the meantime, make the filling.

Method for filling:

Cream the powdered sugar and butter together using a stand mixer or a hand-held mixer.  Add the lemon juice and continue to beat until you have a smooth consistency.

Assembly:

Spread a heaping tablespoon of filling on the flat side of one of the whoopie cakes.  Then top with the domed side of another whoopee cake.

Now enjoy!

Let’s kick of the week with a cute little painting I did “Lemon Drop” 🍋🐝Monday’s may be my least favourite day of the week but paintings bees is one of my favs! 😁🖌💖 I also want to show you this painting with a little message about conservation. 🌍 Bees are in danger of disappearing but we need to protect them! 😯 I buy organic food but here’s something I read that I want to try to help them even more! 📖 Buy organic clover seeds, find a patch of dirt and throw the seeds on it and then repeat on the next patch of dirt. 🌱 I’m going to try it! 😁 My city could use more clovers how about your 😘☘

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Happy Sunday • Green Banana Icecream today ✿

Nicecream ingredients:
- Kale
- Spinach
- Frozen banana
- Frozen mango
- Maca powder
- 1 tsp cacao powder
- Dash of coconut sugar

*topped with hemp seeds, frozen bluebs & Banana

Enjoy xx
INSTAGRAM: @banana_mylk

So I wanted to share my latest morning ritual because it has helped A LOT. I have very painful cycles where I cramp the ENTIRE cycle and my cycle lasts 7-8 days. Yup, 7-8. Anyways, my pain is so bad that I’ve gone to the hospital several times, and I would stay home from school (as a teen) or classes (in college) because I just couldn’t function. As an adult, it’s a little bit trickier to miss work, so I’ve been tinkering with remedies and of course, raspberry tea has saved my life in the pain department.

Anyways, I started back with drinking green smoothies for breakfast in place of having coffee and a breakfast sandwich, and I’ve really seen a difference. The biggest change for pain relief though, has come from me substituting brewed raspberry tea in place of my spring water when I make my smoothies. Raspberries and cherries really help alleviate cramps, at least mine, anyways, so I thought, why not combine my tea with my smoothie?

Here’s the recipe:

Add a handful of spinach + brewed, cooled raspberry tea.

I use the Alvita raspberry leaf tea brand. Their teas are all organic and taste good.

Blend that together first. Blending the greens first helps to make your green smoothies actually smooth so you’re not finding chunks of spinach or kale, etc. when you’re drinking.

Next, add any supplement–I switch between organic flax seed powder and organic hemp powder (hemp helps with your cycle too, btw). Sometimes I throw chia seeds in at the end. For this particular recipe, I used flax.

Then add your fruit and sweetener. I started using agave nectar this week and it tastes good. Not overpowering, but sweet. And it doesn’t give me that sugar high/crash like white sugar tends to do. I actually tried agave nectar before and thought it was disgusting so I think it’s the particular brand I’m using now that I like (Madhava organic light blue agave).

The fruit I used was all frozen: cherries, dark cherries, blueberries, and strawberries.

Note: the raspberry tea tends to make the mixture more of a “juice” consistency, so add ice if you want it to actually be a smoothie. I added like 5-6 ice cubes.

Trust me when I say this helps. My pain level has been between a 3-5 this week. Typically, I’m at an 8 or 9. And again, I typically feel that intense type of pain for the entire 7-8 days I have my cycle, so having any type of relief is so astonishingly awesome! The pain isn’t completely gone, but it’s significantly less and for that, I’m thankful.

Last year I bought some melons at my local farmers market in San Francisco. They were about the size of a softball, had light green fruit, and were the sweetest melons I’ve ever tasted. I have no idea what kind they were, but I saved some of the seeds, we’ve planted them and I’m really hoping they make it in the garden. Fingers crossed for sweet melon goodness come August/September from Opa’s Garden!

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Today I found 3 metal letter files and a ton of old file folders lurking in Art-Soc waiting to be thrown out, so I carted them to the office to start a multi-functional seed bank for the Rooftop Garden and friends.  

The letter files are now lined up on the bookshelf of one of the desks, and labeled for every 2 weeks of the approximate Maryland growing season; this adds up to a 30-week system, with seeds in each slot for the time action (seeding in greenhouse, direct sowing outside, moving transplants, etc.) needs to be taken on them.  

The file folders are now an alphabetized & categorized bank of extra seeds for veggies, fruit, flowers and herbs. 

A HUGE relief.  

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Pretty, yes? Here’s an example of the Glass Gem corn I grew this year. I used pink kernels from a cob I grew last year. Voila! Lustrous corn with pink and pearly hues.

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Regrowing Store-Bought PURPLE Tomatillos!

I don’t remember which store, but somehow I got a hold of some purple tomatillos in 2015. I have not found any purple tomatillos this year at all (in fact, there seems to be a run on tomatillos in general), so boy was I delighted to have my saved seeds germinate this spring! They got a little leggy at one point so I was concerned, two plants were strong enough to pull through. And yes…I do have an unhealthy love of purple colored foods.

The plant itself is very similar to the more common green variety, however, it does have a touch of pinkish and purplish hues on the stems.

Now that it’s late summer, I’m getting ready to harvest these beauties!

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P.S. Ya’ll noticed the photo-bombing bumblebee who’s busy pollinating?