Frugal Garden Fail

Remember my genius post about starting seeds in sandwich bags?  Oh, fail.  Epic fail.  Supernova fail.

The starts turned out great.  I was so happy that my tomato seeds grew into tomato plants.  I have never grown tomatoes from seed with much success.  (No success.)  I rounded up the kids for a morning of planting in the garden.  You know, SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED FAMILY FUN, yuck yuck?  The holes were dug, the plants placed.  Then came the task of getting them out of the plastic bags.  There was no saving the bags.  They had to be ripped off, and then the dirt didn’t hold together.  Plants broke and roots were ravaged.  For every plant that made it into the ground, five were ruined.

This gardening thing…DIE!  The plastic bag start thing…BURN.  Not recommended.  Ever.

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Garden Time!!

A couple of weeks ago I ordered all of my seeds from Territorial Seed.  With a large seed order comes a need for lots of extra supplies.  We are on a budget.  A BUDGET.  Not a Starbucks budget either.  You know, where you are poor, but you still have money for 6 dollar lattes.  Yeah, we are about seven rungs below THAT kind of budget.  With that in mind, I had to be really careful about blowing a bunch of money on seed starting kits.  Those suckers can add up quick!

While I wandered the garden aisle and stared at the kits, I had a flash.  I remembered seeing a blog that showed how to grow starts in sandwich bags.  Thankfully I was in the big W store and could get potting soil AND sandwich bags.  Yes!  This particular store had boxes of the plain ole fold top sandwich bags.  I bought 300 for about two bucks.  A few days later I had Gideon and Jacob help me fill the bags with a mini Mel’s Mix from the Squarefoot Garden book.  Once the bags were full, I took to Pinterest to find the site that gave me the idea.  Whoops.  Wasn’t Pinterest.  Couldn’t find it anywhere.  I Googled “starting seeds in sandwich bags” and it returned with a bunch of ways to start seeds with paper towels in sandwich bags.  Uh-oh.  Did I do a typical Liz thing and remember something all wrong???  I kept searching.  I didn’t find the same site, but I found one that was just as great.  Click here for the link.

I tenderly planted about three seeds per bag, moistened the soil, and folded the tops.  It took a day or so to see the little greenhouses do their thing.  Another week, and BAM, sproutlets!!!  Even better, I have about 200 bags left that I will put to good use.  I hope the baggies don’t get ruined in the process.  I don’t want to create a lot of garbage.  I’d like to reuse them.  Starter kits at the store produce a little garbage too, so I guess I’ll be okay.

 

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Rant Warning!!! People Genuinely Suck-Time to Check Ourselves.

Okay, I have had it.  Up to here. Insert whatever cliché you want, I’m feeling it.  I am so over the whole mentality that I need to be a one woman snark, sass, and rudefest.  You know what?  Everyone else needs to get over it too.  Every minute of every day is somebody throwing a piss fest!  We might as well walk around going “Well I NEVER!” while staring down the bridge of our noses through glasses attached to a chain.  Our hair should also contain 20,000 bobby pins that show how pious and self righteous we are.  We should wear beige pumps that click with our fast paced fury.  You know why?

We have become a nation of pecking hens of the WORST fashion.  Ugly. Obnoxious.

Navigate to ANY website and you will see it.  Turn on the news so you can hear it.  Walk through the grocery store so you can feel it.  Sit in church so it can pop into your mind like unicorn farts.  It’s all around us.

About Mothers:  Evil. Cut throat. Venomous.  Write a blog post about breast-feeding and the bottle feeders are up in arms.  Write a post about bottle feeding and the breast feeders go bonkers.  Oh and it’s not just comments like, “Wow, you should have tried harder.”  No.  It’s “I’m sorry you were such a damned idiot and couldn’t breastfeed your child.  Maybe you should have gone to college.  Typical GOP asshole.”  Or, “Don’t you dare tell me I should have breastfed my child, keep your high and mighty opinions to yourself. Typical liberal garbage!” Better yet “You’re just mad cuz your boobs sag.”

About Religion:  Atheist:  “Your blog is a total waste.  Maybe you should have went to college instead of letting your Sky Fairy teach you about life.  Your Sky Fairy kills. ”  Or, “Go to this link and watch these Dawkins videos if you’re not too much of a typical GOP asshole, they will change your mind.”  “You are anti-science and a moron”  Christian: “Too bad you are a heathen and you are going to burn in hell. Typical liberal moron.  No God no morals.”

About Abortion: Pro Choice:  “You KILL WOMEN!”  “You are a misogynist, conservative, religious idiot!”  ” I am so SORRY you were duped into thinking abortion is wrong.  What a moron!”  “Yeah Pro life, make sure you give all the unwanted babies jobs when they are born!”  “Pro life never read a book in their lives!”  “Pick up a science book!”  “Your Sky Fairy kills more babies than anyone else!”  “I am about to serve some fetus soup, want to come over for dinner?” <<ACTUAL COMMENT.  Pro Life: “You are a murderer!  You slut, you should have kept your legs shut!”  “So what if they died in a back alley abortion, their CHOICE”  “Pick up a science book!”  “Go straight to hell you liberal piece of shit!!!” “Only mentally ill people would ever voluntarily kill their children”

Parenting:  “I would NEVER spank my child”  “How dare you leave your child in the car and step out to get the mail!  They could have died if a meteor shower hit!”  “Time out doesn’t work. YOU ARE RUINING YOUR CHILD” “Well in OUR house we NEVER say x,y,z”  “You should have your children taken away. TV is child abuse”  “People that home school are stupid and their children will grow up to be stunted psychologically.”  “You are an idiot for sending your kids to public school”  “I NEVER feel closer to one child over another. I love them all equally all the time.  You are a sick person.”  “Anyone that has more than two kids is a terrorist and is destroying the planet! Babies are ecotumors!!!”  “You know if you only have one child, they could die, then you have nothing.  You are selfish.”  “I never set my baby down for the first three years she was alive- THAT’S attachment parenting”  “Only an idiot would hold their baby like that all the time…how will he learn independence? Dumb!” “People like you, who use disposable diapers are killing the planet. Shame!”

Politicians:  Liberals: “Republicans want to kill old people and starve children!” “Sarah Palin is an uneducated piece of trash who forced the world to look at her retarded baby, and her knocked up daughter.  Shameful!”  “President Bush lied and people died! Murderer! He should be killed!!!!”  “Republicans are all closed-minded bigots who stereotype everyone!” “Conservatives are uneducated jerks who haven’t even READ the Constitution!!!”  Conservatives:  “Liberals are communist, elitist bastards who want to enslave the masses with the welfare dime” “Liberals care more about trees and animals than human beings. They LIVE to kill babies!!!”  “Liberals are smart people who went to a university and graduated with a degree in nutjobbery!!!”  “Liberals are so full of hate!  They should be run over repeatedly with a Vespa!!!” “Obama is a secret Muslim who wants Sharia law in the US!” “Liberals are OVER educated JERKS who haven’t even READ the Constitution!!”

Feeding Your Family/ The Grocery Store:  “OMGolligee you should be fined for feeding your children processed foods!”  “Why are you so stooopid?  MY grocery budget is 75 dollars a month?” “You don’t love your children if you don’t make all their food from scratch” “Sorry that you can’t do math and pay for everything with coupons.  Your children will grow up to hate you.” “Oh get over it, if you don’t let your kids have Twinkies, your sons will be rapists and your daughters will be bulemic!” “I ALWAYS sanitize my entire grocery cart with a bottle of vinegar I keep in my upcycled purse.  You must want your children to die.” ” I am so frugal that I have foregone toilet paper, and all paper products.  Bow down and worship me.” “I JAR MY OWN PICKLES.”  “Only demonic bastards give their children white flour.”

I blame high school debate.  As young people we are taught to bully other people into seeing things our way.  I debated gun control and seat belts in high school civics.  I trounced my competition!  You know what that did for me?  It made me a butt-insky!  A stinking bully!  Somebody types something and I immediately go into debate mode.  There is no seeing the other side, no appreciation of the other persons evidence.  Just go in for the kill.  Most of the time people don’t realize that BOTH sides are saying the same things about eachother!  It’s all the same bull.  Each side being so hateful that they can’t even ADMIT that there might be valid points from both sides!

The saddest part for me is, the feeling that if someone doesn’t agree with me, there is no way we can be friendly.  How many times have you or I been doing something with a friend, family member, or co worker and find out that they hold beliefs directly opposite of yours?  Is the reaction one “Hmmm, don’t agree with you on that, but we do have so much more in common, who cares?”  or is it “Wow, I cannot have someone who thinks that way in my life.  At all.” ?  I will say it, most people have the secondary reaction.  We have become such an easily offended people.  Cut people off, rather than hear them out.  They feel worthless, we feel deceived, everyone loses.

Now, to illustrate my point, I am going to randomly pick an article from CNN and FOX and post the first few comments.

Okay I went to CNN.com and closed my eyes and clicked.  The article is titled:

Former CNN president Burt Reinhardt dies at 91

Here are the comments

1.CrazyNutz

One down… more to go.
2.Bonertreat

There’s so much entertainment news out there today that CNN had to list this story twice on the page menu to make it seem important.

3.extrenix the pionner of government-controlled media.

4.nicki1980 Rest in peace Burt Reinhardt. My condolences to all who loved him

5.BuckOfama08 Any particular reason I should give a s**t, CNN???

6.gmshn if you don’t have any property will save you Hereafter, don’t esteem the goods you left on mortal world

7.WallyBalloo

Ironically, this is likely to be the least-commented article on the website….
8.gmshn

Yes, death utters this warning to us: “Your body is not composed of stone and iron, but of various materials which are always disposed to parting. Leave off your pride, understand your impotence, recognize your Owner, know your duties, learn why you came to this world!” It declares this secretly in the heart’s ear.
Now from FoxNews.com the more Conservative Site.  (Same process to choose article)

Hedge-Fund Manager Rajaratnam Found Guilty of Insider Trading

Here are the first 10 comments:
1.He might lose some weight eating dry bologna sandwiches for a few years. Put him in tent city.
2. jobs?

3.Blue Horseshoe
loves Anacott Steel

4. Those sneaky indians

5.Now go after….Barney Frank..Dodd…

Obama…

Raines…

Acorn…

Rangel…

Hollywood….

and the entire Obama administration…

Then we will have really begun targeting the true corruption.

6.We need more regulations or else Wall Street will devour America.
7.Is this one of bamy’s legal immigrants?
8.OK – so drop the sentence to 105 years, and be nice, make it concurrent, with 85% needed to be served. LOL
9.Unemployment 9%. Get a Clue.

10.don’t be successful in today ‘socialist’ world.. it might get you put in jail..

I see only a couple of comments on each article that even remotely resemble relevance.  CNN marked the importance of a presidents passing and were met with, “Who gives a shit?”  FoxNews writes an article about a wall street crook and gets fat jokes and blurbs about socialism.
The saying used to go, “If you can’t find anything nice to say…”  Now it goes “If you can’t think of a stinging retort, you are an undereducated, anti science, God hating, Sky Fairy worshipping, misogynist, who is easily duped into being inbred.”