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"What is perfect soil?" Gary Matsuoka (Don't bury organic matter, just mulch on top)

2023.06.08 16:34 Clean_Livlng "What is perfect soil?" Gary Matsuoka (Don't bury organic matter, just mulch on top) Gary Matsuoka
(his complete soil playlist)
Set playback speed to 1.5x he has a slow speaking speed and it's a long video, despite have good info about a lot of different things.
He talks about why it doesn't work to grow many plants in high organic matter potting mix/soil. Plants like tomatoes can grow in pure compost, but an avocado in a high organic matter soil is highly susceptible to dying. Plants have different tolerances for low oxygen around the roots.
Anecdotally, I noticed my avocado plants dying if I had them in high organic matter soil. Roots died, leaves defoliated. I managed to save some of them by washing the compacted organic matter off the roots and replacing the high organic matter in the pots with sand & a little biochar. With a thick mulch layer on the top, which Gary says is how it works in nature. It makes sense to me, that's how it works in a forest. Deep leaf litter, but no compost being dug into the soil. They revived, the roots grew back.
Commercial potting mix that most plants come in breaks down eventually into a compacted cake of organic matter. I've dug down into pots before and this is what I find, very fine organic particles that hold onto too much water for many plants, and don't allow oxygen to get into the soil well.
This can be managed by very careful watering, but Gary says that's not how it should be. You shouldn't have to be careful with watering, nature isn't. Rain doesn't wait for soil to dry out all the time.
I used to have to be so careful with watering my potted avocados when they were in well decomposed arbor mulch or regular potting mix, even with lots of perlite in it. The organic matter eventually gunks up all the spaces between the perlite. It's fine when the park pieces are still intact, but when they degrade it's not good. In sand, charcoal, decomposed granite etc I don't have to be careful not to over water. It wasn't phytophthora cinnamomi, it was just root rot due to low available oxygen around the roots.

"It's not the water that causes rootrot, it's the lack of oxygen in the water"

How this works with tree on hugel mounds?
As long as the roots of plants (ones that need high oxygen around roots) are in soil without to much organic matter on top of the mound then they might do great, maybe?

"oxygen is the antidote to rot rot. You put the same compost into sand it might not rot." -Gary
But mix compost into clay soil and it's now in an anaerobic environment. This is why mixing compost into light aerated sandy soils works I think.

This kind of thing is what we're doing with nodig gardening. Compost and mulch on the top, not dug into the soil. For permanent potted plants that need high oxygen levels around roots, a home made potting mix with low or no organic matter could be ideal.
e.g. pumice, charcoal, sand, decomposed granite, crushed brick etc
With a good mulch & compost layer on top you might not need any more fertiliser than that.

What are your thoughts on this, and your experiences with organic matter content in soil as opposed to on the surface?
I think what Gary says makes sense, keep the organic matter where oxygen can reach it. It's consistent with aerating compost tea.
The potting soil that nurseries use is good as a mulch on top of the soil, but what it eventually breaks down to seems bad for plant roots. I think that's something that's self evident to anyone who digs into the lower layers of a potted plant after a few years of the bark fines breaking down. Fine particles caked together, that can't be breathing well and letting in oxygen.
One takeaway from this is that if you're planting a tree bought from a nursery, it might make sense to wash off all the organic matter around the roots first, and fill in around the roots with native soil from the hole. This is how it is in nature, organic matter on top of the soil, not composted bark caked around the roots preventing oxygen from getting to them.

What are your thoughts on all of this? And your experiences with organic matter in potting mixes, in the soil, deep in the soil vs shallow, or not in the soil at all and only on the surface?
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2023.06.08 16:32 PedroPeyolo 99 Problems & Queso Perro 🧀🐶 ((SUNGROWN 🌞👋))

99 Problems & Queso Perro 🧀🐶 ((SUNGROWN 🌞👋))
Maxed out the rest of my recs all on GH Sungrown 🫶 (22 8ths) So grateful that they deliver all the way to Jacksonville from Gainesville!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼💚 Best flower option currently in this FL program imho... (my pallete is heavily seasoned for premium Sungrown having been a farmer in Cali/Oregon... so experiencing sunny Florida work has been nice!) However yea, Florida still has a long way to go prior to competing with West Coast Sungrown... We need West Coasters to train farmers out here on how to grow sustainably & directly in the Earth (not pots) , and INVEST in the Land❣️ Living regenerative soil is the future!!! Gets better every year! Especially when Seed-sown... (most dispensaries nowadays are all clones 😏) When you can put your hands in the soil and see a bunch of living worms, thats a good sign!!! Hoping GrowHealthy continues evolving to eventually meet the requirements to be certified #DEMpure (DragonFly Earth Medicine) someday 💚🫶
/rant lol...
As for the flower, I have only tapped into the 99 Problems strain so far (Sativa) ... quite nice & smooth!! Excited to see how the Queso Perro burns tho 😋🧀🐶
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2023.06.08 16:15 mibfto Baltimore folks who got Thais at Ace recently

I found a lil spider friend in mine this morning. I noticed webbing on the soil, and was immediately super concerned about mites. But I've had lots of experience with mites, and webbing usually comes with a pretty advanced infestation. There are absolutely zero other indications of spider mites-- the leaves are all completely perfect.
SO! I took a spoon and started cleaning up the webbing, disrupted the top layer of soil a little bit, and lo and behold, a lil spidey friend was hanging out near the stalk. He looked a little annoyed I beat up his home, but I'm sure he'll rebuild and keep actual pests away. I'm game for having a roommate.
Posting so if others have seen something similar in their Thais sourced from Ace Hardware in the last couple of weeks, you don't panic! Actual spiders are, of course, good for pest control in houseplants. My Thai contnues to look healthy and happy near (but not *in*) a south facing window and in the original 4" grow pot.
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2023.06.08 16:07 lareinemalefique This escalated quickly

This escalated quickly
After winning a bitter, hard-fought, years long battle against those little fungus gnat f***ers, I was enjoying a once unimaginable era of peace in plant kingdom. The yellow sticky traps stayed empty. I wasn’t making my dogs jump out of their skin several times a day by clapping my hands at random to kill a bothersome bug. All was well.
I think these are mealybugs, right? I’ve read about other pests in my foray through the plant enthusiast forums, but never actually seen any other than the fungus gnats IRL (which honestly were quite enough). So I’m not 100% sure. Either way, I have questions.
Firstly, this seemed to happen overnight?! This is a relatively new plant, I’ve only had it a few weeks. At first I assumed it must have been patient zero. But the more I read, the more I worried maybe not.
I have a couple of plants (a succulent and two “Christmas cactus” plants) that, over the past I don’t know, weeks to months have occasionally had little fluffy white patches appear on them. I just kind of assumed they were a bit of mould or fungus or something. Admittedly, I am prone to overwatering succulents, and it’s winter in Australia, so that seemed plausible. I wiped it off each time. A couple of times there seemed to be some little spots attached to the underside of the cactus leaves and I did do a wee Google then, but there was such a negligible amount I couldn’t really determine anything conclusively. I just got some white vinegar and a q-tip and gently wiped them off. All good. Stayed gone.
Fast forward to very recently. The one affected succulent is struggling. White fluff appears more often. I keep cleaning it off. Eventually I take the plant out of its pot and fully rinse it all off to check the roots and pull off any arms that are half dead. It’s one of those gollum jade ones. Not actually sure why I put so much effort into reviving it. We have history, I guess. Anyway, after this, stays clean for a good chunk of time, seems to be settling well in the new home, all good.
But then I see this MF’er. And I’ll be honest, after I looked up what they were and read a few posts/blogs about how to get rid of them, I just went “nope” and chucked it out. Too far gone. No saving it. Also it gave me massive heebie jeebies like… how did that many even fit on there??
Anyway, the internet said check the roots of surrounding plants, especially succulents. I have, no signs of soil infestation. I have quarantined the occasionally fluffy gollum jade from the other plants. But how worried should I be?! Are there probably more? Is it likely they’ve spread? Was the new plant patient zero or were these fuckers waiting for a more tasty plant to multiply on? How do I do maintenance to never get them again?? I can’t go through this again! Will I ever know true peace 😭
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2023.06.08 15:56 BeyondTheGreenHill Soil mistake in my first raised bed

Not knowing any better and i used 50% in ground garden soil, 25% compost manure, 25% potting mix. Since transplanting my seedlings they have all stopped growing (except for 1 crazy pumpkin plant) and are turning yellow. I have half a mind to dig them all up and pot them again, but I really do not have the $ at the moment to replace half the soil in the bed.
This morning I gave them all a healthy dose of water soluable mircale gro fertilizer thinking they are more nitrogeon diffecient then anything.
Do you think if I continue to supplement them with fertilizer and maybe fish emulsion I may be OK?
I'm totally bummed I grew everything from seed and they were doing awesome prior to transplanting.
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2023.06.08 14:58 apoorv6969 Monte Carlo melting during dry start method walstad, how to save?

Monte Carlo melting during dry start method walstad, how to save?
This is my first time working with monte carlo and pretty scared of how it will go. I am trying to grow monte carlo and hair grass with the dry start method with the Walstad approach.
Substrate : potting mix + 1 cup red soil + 2 cup compost + black sand capping plants: dwarf hair grass TC and Monte Carlo TC + java moss Light: cheap 9W LED bulb (800 lumens)
Is the 9W led bulb too strong for growing monte carlo carpet? The monte carlo is turning yellowish slowly one by one, and I can smell that moldy smell from the jar when I remove the plastic cover, how should I recover my monte carlo?
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2023.06.08 14:51 apoorv6969 Monte Carlo melting during dry start walstad, how to save?

Monte Carlo melting during dry start walstad, how to save?
This is my first time working with monte carlo and pretty scared of how it will go. I am trying to grow monte carlo and hair grass with the dry start method with the Walstad approach.
Substrate : potting mix + 1 cup red soil + 2 cup compost + black sand capping plants: dwarf hair grass TC and Monte Carlo TC + java moss Light: cheap 9W LED bulb (800 lumens)
Is the 9W led bulb too strong for growing monte carlo carpet? The monte carlo is turning yellowish slowly one by one, and I can smell that moldy smell from the jar when I remove the plastic cover, how should I recover my monte carlo?
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2023.06.08 14:48 Kitty_in_a-Panzer Best soil?

I have a couple of plants growing in Miracle Grow potting mix right now, but I have read that Miracle Grow is not best for the flowering stages of the plant.
I have heard Fox Farms is great and I have picked up some of their liquid fertilizers, but the soil seems rather expensive. Is there an alternative that is still good for weed, but I’m not gonna break the bank on?
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2023.06.08 14:47 pierkreng Can i put this Ming Aralia baby in a new pot?

Can i put this Ming Aralia baby in a new pot?
I noticed this small part with the green stem growing from the soil. Can i remove this from this pot and put it in its own pot? Or should I just leave it? Thanks!!
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2023.06.08 14:34 meat_tankie Dieffenbachia fell over

Dieffenbachia fell over
As the title says.
I saved a dieffenbachia last year and I (now, in hindsight) kept the stem too long. It managed to grow ten new leaves in the past year but last night it fell over and in the resulting crash lost five of its ten leaves.
Everything I see online suggests cutting down its stem.
But my question is, will doing that now be too traumatic for it, after it just lost half of its leaves? I really don’t want it to die, as it’s like the only plant I’ve ever successfully saved. Please help! Current pic for reference (I just put it back in its pot and tossed some new soil in for time being)
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2023.06.08 14:02 giligarden How to Grow Strawberries From Seed

Growing strawberries from seed can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Here are 15 tips to help you successfully grow strawberries from seed:
Choose the right strawberry variety: Select a strawberry variety that is suitable for growing from seed. Some common choices include Alpine strawberries or wild strawberry varieties.
Start indoors: Begin by starting your strawberry seeds indoors in pots or trays. This allows you to control the growing conditions and give the seeds a head start before transplanting them outdoors.
Use quality soil: Fill your seed trays or pots with a well-draining and nutrient-rich soil mix specifically formulated for seed starting.
Sow the seeds shallowly: Strawberry seeds are small, so sow them shallowly on the soil surface. Lightly press them into the soil and cover them with a thin layer of vermiculite or fine soil.
Provide consistent moisture: Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Mist the soil surface gently or use a spray bottle to avoid dislodging the tiny seeds.
Maintain temperature and humidity: Strawberry seeds germinate best in warm temperatures between 60-70°F (15-21°C). You can cover the trays with plastic wrap or use a propagator to maintain humidity.
Ensure proper lighting: Place the trays or pots in a location that receives bright but indirect sunlight or use artificial grow lights to provide adequate lighting for seedling growth.
Thin out seedlings: Once the seedlings have sprouted and developed their first true leaves, thin them out to provide adequate space for each plant to grow.
Harden off seedlings: Before transplanting the seedlings outdoors, gradually expose them to outdoor conditions over a period of several days. Start with a few hours of sunlight and gradually increase the time and intensity.
Choose the right planting location: Select a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil. Strawberries prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5.
Prepare the soil: Prior to planting, amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to improve its fertility and drainage.
Transplant carefully: When the seedlings have grown sturdy enough, transplant them into the prepared garden bed, spacing them about 12-18 inches apart.
Provide mulch: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as straw or wood chips, around the plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and protect the roots.
Water adequately: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water deeply to encourage deep root growth, especially during dry periods.
Monitor for pests and diseases: Regularly inspect your strawberry plants for signs of pests or diseases, such as aphids, slugs, or fungal infections. Take appropriate measures to control and manage any issues that arise.
By following these tips, you can increase your chances of successfully growing strawberries from seed and enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious, homegrown strawberries.
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2023.06.08 13:11 deliriations I'm allergic to sunlight.

There are allergies that I bet none of you have heard of. A few seem common, like nuts or eggs, but other allergies, like water, you wouldn't expect to be possible. Right? And even if it were, how would anyone survive with that type of curse? It is real, and it's called aquagenic urticaria. There are only 50 medical instances known to science, and most of the people who have it have lived longer than you would expect. I'm not one of these people, but I have a condition far rarer. It is called Solisphobia pronusirrita. It is a condition, and I am the only documented human to have ever had it. When I was born, my mum told me that the moment the doctors put me in the nursery, the sun rays from the window hit my skin, and I immediately started to bawl my eyes out like I was about to die. While I was screaming, the doctors came and saw that my skin, where the sun had been exposed, was turning a light purple and grey. Immediately, they took me into a more closed area, and they diagnosed me with Xeroderma pigmentosum. It is a condition where you are irritated by sunlight. Not like what I have, more like you get sunburnt really easily. After around 3 days in the nursery, I was taken home with my loving mum and dad. As a baby, they said I was more silent than they expected. I only made noise when I needed something or had to go to the bathroom. They recounted my only experience as a baby when I cried, and that was when I accidentally went outside because they forgot to shut the baby gate. When I made it outside, they said they heard the most high-pitched, ear-piercing wail they had ever heard. When they rushed out, they found me on the ground covered in splotches of purple and grey. They immediately dialled 911, and I was rushed to the emergency room. When the doctor saw what had happened, he started to explain the severity of my condition. He said that with Xeroderma pigmentosum, some babies experience intense sunburns, and I was likely going to have to be treated with mild burns. When they took a closer look, however, they noticed I had no burns; my skin colour had just been altered. Obviously, this was nothing like they had seen before, so they started to document my state in case I had a new, undiscovered condition that needed to be documented for studies later on. When I was being treated, the doctor noted that the disease was hereditary. However, my dad quickly pointed out that nobody in either of our families had this condition. The doctor was obviously stunned and thought I had a new condition. After 3 days of treatment, they diagnosed me. I was allergic to sunlight. My parents immediately fought against this, stating that it simply could not be possible. They thought allergies were only related to pets or food. But the doctor calmed them down and explained to them what it was. "Your son does not have Xeroderma pigmentosum; it's purely hereditary, and he isn't showing any symptoms." What we have decided on is that your sun has an extremely severe skin sensitivity to sunlight. Xeroderma pigmentosum doesn't just apply to the sun; very bright and powerful light can have the same effect, even in cold environments. My parents were devastated. They had to take a break and leave the room while more tests were held to see what was truly wrong with me. Finally, after a full week, I was back home with mum and dad. I was around 2 by this point and had started to walk. The next three years were very uneventful for me. The only notable thing that happened was that my dog died. We held a small funeral for him and buried him in the backyard. I was 4 at the time and can vaguely remember choking on my tears as I sat inside and heard the shovel scraping against the soil and rock that became my best friend's tomb. I didn't go to preschool. My parents decided it was too dangerous, and the only preschool I could go to was around a 15-minute drive away. The school was much closer, however, so my parents thought it'd be safer and decided to let me go. They told me that they had a heavy argument over homeschooling but eventually agreed that if any incidents happened, I would be taken out of school and put in a damp room to be taught my ABCs by my own mum. On my first day, I sat in the room. My condition was only known by the teachers, and they made sure I stayed indoors away from any open windows on a sunny day. By the time the day was over, I felt upset already. I wanted to go outside and play; I wanted to have fun. Unfortunately, the choice of death or a few minutes of fun was completely different, so I managed to get over it after a few weeks. That's when the first incident happened, however. I was in my class when the teacher left, and out of curiosity, I followed her. Immediately, I felt a tingling on my arm, and then the numbness started to overflow my senses. I felt nothing at all as my arm started to turn a concrete grey, and I immediately ran into the room, crying as I rubbed my arm. The only thing I could feel was a slight tingle and an almost icey coldness from my touch. After around 30 seconds, the teacher came in and saw my arm. She let out an audible gasp, but before she could do much, the bell went off. She couldn't get me out of the room because of the sun, so she called a nurse. As the kids flocked in, they saw my condition and started laughing. I still remember the high-pitched voices squabbling among themselves. One of them came forwards, pointed at me, and said, "HE'S A VAMPIRE GUYS, GET AWAY." And everyone in the room sort of stepped back and kind of ran out of the class, either laughing, screaming, or even crying. That was the day the bullying started. I was eventually shielded with some loose blankets and taken home. I was crying in the car as I overheard mum and dad say, "We have to take him out of that fucking school. It must be hell for the little guy to be forced to stay inside and do nothing." My mum piped up and said, "Maybe we should give it one more chance. Hopefully it won't happen again. Please, Danny, he needs an education!" My dad sighed and pondered for a minute before replying: "Fine, 1 more chance. If it happens again, we will take him out of that school. I felt ecstatic as my dad said that I had another chance. However, I wasn't aware of the amount of harassment and bullying that was to come later down the line. After a week, I came back to school. I had been given an umbrella to walk around with in the sun. Sometimes small rays would hit my finger and it would sort of burn for a second before it faded, but apart from that, I had no issues. When I made it to class, I pulled my umbrella down and rested it on my leg. Instantly, one of the kids behind me picked it up and said loud enough for everybody to hear: "I didn't know vampires needed umbrellas; I thought they just lived in coffins." Everyone started to laugh as I cried. This went on for 8 years, until I was 14. The bullying had only gone as far as verbal harassment until I got to high school. I got lots of judgemental and even fearful looks as I walked around with the umbrella. It didn't take long till people called me a vampire or concrete, and it was devastating. I thought I would finally fit in at high school, only to be tormented on a daily basis and feel ashamed of my own body. After two weeks, my mind started going to dark places. I felt worthless and miserable, as if it were my own fault for being who I am. When I got home after another terrible day of harassment, I felt the urge to harm myself. I didn't attempt to fight it as I lined myself up at the window. When my arm reached into the piercing rays of light, my body tensed, and I felt anxious. The pain was mild at first but quickly started to elevate as I started to sweat intensely. After around 30 seconds, I pulled my arm away and saw that the part of it that was affected was almost black. I started to cry as the horrific sight stared back at me. Then panic set in as I realised the colour wasn't fading like before. In a panic, I got the biggest hoodie I could find and put it on. The pain stayed mild, like a buzz. It was the same feeling as a small needle going into your body over and over, constantly. When mum called for me to come to dinner, I started to panic even harder. How was I going to hide any of this?" I thought as I creeped down the stairs. Every squeal and creak of the wood made me more anxious as I was greeted with the smell of freshly cooked meat. When I sat on my chair, my mum noticed my expression and said, "Everything okay, hun?" Out of panic, she would find out, and I almost immediately replied, "Yeah, Mum, just school being stressful, y'know?" She nodded her head, and as we ate, I started to feel at peace. Maybe they wouldn't find out, and the marks would eventually go away. While I was eating my food, I went to reach for my glass of water, and I knocked my fork onto the ground. On instinct, I reached down and grabbed it. When I sat back up, my sleeve rolled down, revealing the mark. Immediately, my dad said, "James, What is that on your arm?" His tone was extremely threatening. I started to cry, and my mum forcefully grabbed my sleeve and rolled it up, revealing the mark. "NO STOP!" I screamed with tears in my eyes. "What is this, James?" WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT ON YOUR ARM?" It's a burn from the sun. "HOW DID YOU GET IT?" My mom's shrill screams made me sob louder as I choked out the answer: "I did it on purpose." My mum started to tear up as I ran to my room. That night, mum and dad argued. "IF JAMES IS GOING TO FUCKING BURN HIMSELF, WE HAVE TO TAKE HIM TO THERAPY!" My mum screamed. The walls made it muffled. "WHAT IS THAT GOING TO DO?" my father yelled back. "All that will do is make him feel like it's his fault for how people treat him." When I finally faded off to sleep, I had a nightmare about me stepping into the sun and fading to nothing but a shadow. When I woke up, Dad was gone, Mum had massive black bags under her eyes, and she was smoking at the dinner table while she was on the phone. "Danny left. He's at his mom's right now. James has been having a rough time." My mum choked on her tears. I went back up to my room as quietly as possible. I started to get ready for school. It took everything I had not to cry as I walked downstairs. My black scar was still there. I sighed in anxiety as I grabbed my umbrella and walked outside. I felt small tingles as small rays of sunshine hit me, but I ignored the pain as I walked to school. When I arrived, the usual fuckface that tormented me was out front. His name was Brayden. He immediately shoved me and noticed the scar. "What the fuck is that?" He grabbed my arm tightly as he investigated it. "You're a fucking freak, James. How do you even come to this school? I don't get it" Rage pitted in my stomach and mind as I shoved him. "Fuck you," I replied back in anger. "Oh, you want to go?" He put his fists up. I sighed; I didn't even care anymore. Life wasn't getting any better. Punches started getting thrown. I was hitting him hard, but he hit harder, and I started to feel dizzy. Like a sombre scene, rain started to pour as we fought. He managed to pin me on the ground and was pummelling me. As a last resort, I felt for a loose rock and found one. As the hard surface hit his head, I heard the sound of squishing and cracking. He fell off me unconscious, and when I got up, I noticed blood on my clothes. The rain has started to pour now. When I got up, I saw that there was a massive crack in his head. His eyes were open, but he wasn't breathing. I ran so fast that I felt my legs literally melting. As I finally turned a corner, I started to cry. The crying audibly stopped as I looked at my arm. The scar was gone, but the thing that had me in shock was that there were small droplets of rain with a black shade. The scar had been washed off. I didn't shower that morning or that night, so it had not been washed off. I stared at the sight and started to cry. What was happening anymore? I saw a massive semi come barrelling down the road in front of me, and that was when I made the life-changing decision to cut things short. I hoped I would reincarnate as something beautiful and live a normal life as I ran in front of it. The last thing I remembered I woke up in a white hospital bed. The lack of colour almost reminded me of heaven until I saw the doctors. The IV drips and my mum and dad crying next to me I couldn't speak; all I could do was sit there, barely able to see. I remember blacking out again. This time, I saw some things. I saw a bright light, and I remember feeling the same pain as the sunlight hitting my flesh. The smell of sulphur and heat filled my nostrils with a sour feeling. Then, out of nowhere, I blinked, and I was in front of this light. The smell and feeling were so intense that I started screaming, but no sound came out. The pain started to amplify as I moved closer, unwillingly. I heard a voice boom out of nowhere, spooking me. "You are my only weakness." It took me a minute to realise what was happening, but I figured it out. The light was speaking. "You are my only weakness," it repeated. This "entity" was speaking to me. I could understand it. "W-What are you?" I replied back. "I am sün. I am a god, which you all bow to. I provide your land with light in return for a host. I was so confused. None of this is real. The sun wasn't actually alive, right? "What do you need from me?" I replied shakingly. This entity replied back. "I want you to agree not to interfere with me in exchange for your curse being lifted." I sort of zoned out as it spoke like it was hypnosis. I snapped back, however. "Anything.. please! I want my life to be normal. I don't know what I've done to you, but I won't do anything, I swear." This all felt like a bad trip on acid; I didn't believe this was real for a second. This entity made the sound of someone going "mmm," and it said, "I agree. You will be healed when you wake up. Your curse will be lifted. These are the only words a mortal has spoken to me and is likely going to speak to me for eternity." A flash of light then flickered as I awoke. My parents noticed me waking up and immediately hugged me. "He's awake. My James is awake." They sounded much less happy, but I could tell they were holding in emotions. It's been 10 years since that day. I do not suffer from that "condition" anymore. I can be in the sun, but I still feel uncomfortable under the rays of that entity. I was sent to prison for the self-defence man slaughter of Brayden for six years. I don't know what life is anymore. Every day I ponder about that experience. The doctors said my condition must have been either cured or immunised. I don't know where to go at this point. I can't even say anything about it either. Whenever I try to tell someone, I feel my body tense and feel the sting of sunlight. That scar I had is still discoloured. It's not black, but that area of skin is much darker than the rest. Not all allergies are natural. Some are curses provided by higher forces that do not want to be recognised.
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2023.06.08 13:02 Duckin26 Upcoming grower

Hello, I’ve decided that i want to grow indoor and went with the Spider Farmer Grow Tent Kit Complete 2x2x5ft. It fits my needs and i’m slowly getting what i need however I have many questions, I’ve been watching many video and will continue to. One of my questions would be what kind of size pots would be necessary for tent. i would to gain the most out of my yield, and another thing would be some recommended soil. Any other piece of advice would help me. ( I’ll be posted)
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2023.06.08 12:13 Keto2021_ If I chop the smallest monstera (out of 3 in a pot) and leave the stem & roots in the pot, will the roots die and eventually disintegrate back into the soil? More info in comments…

If I chop the smallest monstera (out of 3 in a pot) and leave the stem & roots in the pot, will the roots die and eventually disintegrate back into the soil? More info in comments…
I have 2 monsteras (3 plants in each pot) that need to be re-potted asap. Rather than go through the hassle of separating the roots and plants I’m wondering if I can chop the smallest & least active growing plant from each pot as far down as possible, and then leave the roots in the pot. Will leaving the roots to die off in the pot be ok for the remaining 2 plants? I’m assuming they’d dry up and eventually turn into compost / soil, or will they rot causing damage to the soil and other healthy roots from the other 2 plants still in the pot? I’d prop the cut plants in water and either give them to a friend or plant them together when they’re rooted.
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2023.06.08 12:04 Crakrocksteady First grow. Am i doing this right?

First grow. Am i doing this right?
They are about 8 weeks old. Sprouted on April 15. Ive discovered in my research that the tie down method is called LST. Am i doing it correctly? Not sure of the strain. I water them once a day, and 3 times a week i give them a little bit of Alaska brand Fish Plant Food. Regular ol potting soil. Completely outside grow.
I topped one, FIM'd one, and leaving 1 alone. Ive found out that cutting the big fan leaves off causes it to branch. I realize now that i could have done more and better work on my LST, but i feel its okay for a first timer.
Im hoping ill be able to sex them in a week or 2.
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2023.06.08 10:58 the-grey-guy Need guidance, noobie here

🕉️ experienced growers, kindly share your thoughts on my first cultivation. Lady details - Age: 10 weeks since gerimnation Genetics: grown from country side unbreaded seed Lighting: - 10 hours direct sunlight - 2 hours of indirect sunlight - 12 hours of complete darkness Positioning: placed on very good natural air circulated window, living in 5 gallon pot with a potting mix soil Nutrition: - Cal/Mag once every 2 weeks - Epsom salt once every 4 weeks - Rock phosphorus added only once in 9th week
Images: (Note all images at the left bottom have caption) 1. Is she looking good for a untrained lady? No topping, no LST 2. Started seeing these hair from 10th week. Are those pistils & trichomes over it? I'm seeing those only on 3 joints of stem & side branches (near stipules area), should this abundancy be normal & keep on growing with age? 3. Top view of image shows any signs of pre-flowering/flowering? I'm seeing those white hair starting to grow as fan leaves or am I wrong to understand it? 4. Side view of branch with terminal node? Any signs of pre-flowering? 5. Saw these white spots on lady, after researching got know it's been attacked by spider mites. Immediately removed some of the majorly damaged fan leaves Killed them without any mercy with my bare hands as many I could find them beneath the leaves. Sprayed them with diluted solution of neem oil. Any other measures can be taken?
All from the above notes, can growers provide some relative advice which I should follow!? Trying to learn this art of growing by watching YouTube videos & reading books to understand the process.
Although we're far to reach in the future, but any estimates on weight from the yield?
Need some pat on the back, saying we're on correct track 😁 (pun intended)
Thanks to community!
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2023.06.08 10:41 Alliejam1 ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 159

LESSON 159. I give the miracles I have received.
No one can give what he has not received. To give a thing requires first you have it in your own possession. Here the laws of Heaven and the world agree. But here they also separate. The world believes that to possess a thing, it must be kept. Salvation teaches otherwise. To give is how to recognize you have received. It is the proof that what you have is yours. You understand that you are healed when you give healing. You accept forgiveness as accomplished in yourself when you forgive. You recognize your brother as yourself, and thus do you perceive that you are whole. There is no miracle you cannot give, for all are given you. Receive them now by opening the storehouse of your mind where they are laid, and giving them away.
Christ’s vision is a miracle. It comes from far beyond itself, for it reflects eternal love and the rebirth of love which never dies, but has been kept obscure. Christ’s vision pictures Heaven, for it sees a world so like to Heaven that what God created perfect can be mirrored there. The darkened glass the world presents can show but twisted images in broken parts. The real world pictures Heaven’s innocence.
Christ’s vision is the miracle in which all miracles are born. It is their source, remaining with each miracle you give, and yet remaining yours. It is the bond by which the giver and receiver are united in extension here on earth, as they are one in Heaven. Christ beholds no sin in anyone. And in His sight the sinless are as one. Their holiness was given by His Father and Himself.
Christ’s vision is the bridge between the worlds. And in its power can you safely trust to carry you from this world into one made holy by forgiveness. Things which seem quite solid here are merely shadows there; transparent, faintly seen, at times forgot, and never able to obscure the light that shines beyond them. Holiness has been restored to vision, and the blind can see.
This is the Holy Spirit’s single gift; the treasure house to which you can appeal with perfect certainty for all the things that can contribute to your happiness. All are laid here already. All can be received but for the asking. Here the door is never locked, and no one is denied his least request or his most urgent need. There is no sickness not already healed, no lack unsatisfied, no need unmet within this golden treasury of Christ.
Here does the world remember what was lost when it was made. For here it is repaired, made new again, but in a different light. What was to be the home of sin becomes the center of redemption and the hearth of mercy, where the suffering are healed and welcome. No one will be turned away from this new home, where his salvation waits. No one is stranger to him. No one asks for anything of him except the gift of his acceptance of his welcoming.
Christ’s vision is the holy ground in which the lilies of forgiveness set their roots. This is their home. They can be brought from here back to the world, but they can never grow in its unnourishing and shallow soil. They need the light and warmth and kindly care Christ’s charity provides. They need the love with which He looks on them. And they become His messengers, who give as they received.
Take from His storehouse, that its treasures may increase. His lilies do not leave their home when they are carried back into the world. Their roots remain. They do not leave their source, but carry its beneficence with them, and turn the world into a garden like the one they came from, and to which they go again with added fragrance. Now are they twice blessed. The messages they brought from Christ have been delivered, and returned to them. And they return them gladly unto Him.
Behold the store of miracles set out for you to give. Are you not worth the gift, when God appointed it be given you? Judge not God’s Son, but follow in the way He has established. Christ has dreamed the dream of a forgiven world. It is His gift, whereby a sweet transition can be made from death to life; from hopelessness to hope. Let us an instant dream with Him. His dream awakens us to truth. His vision gives the means for a return to our unlost and everlasting sanctity in God.
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2023.06.08 10:28 donutsinaction Identification help

Identification help
I bought this plant a few years ago in Aldi, at the time it was 1 short stem with some leaves sticking out, labelled a succulent. Someone it's survived me under watering, over watering, potting in normal soil and bloomed into this beauty, currently growing it's 3rd branch and another bud. I suspect this is a ripple jade? Can anyone confirm? I'm also terrified of repotting into correct mix incase it kills it! Can I have some virtual hand holding. Has anyone got any care tips?
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2023.06.08 08:46 MummyCroc I am a government employee in Zimbabwe and I turned 34 this week (TW: Mentions of suicide)

Occupation – Government employee
Age – 34
Location – Zimbabwe
My salary – $500 (paid monthly)
Side Gig Income – $0
Other income – negligible amounts from dividends received from my stock portfolio that I re-invest
Housemates – 4 (husband P, 6 year old L, 4 year old E and nanny F. My nephew M is around and makes appearances too)

Assets and Liabilities

Equity $60,000 fully paid off
Retirement Balance ?? I contribute monthly, and employer matches fully. But because of changes in currency and hyperinflation, I don’t really count this as an asset
Savings $1700 (went down due to travelling trying to get my passport done since it expired)
Current account balance $660 Includes my mum's money since I'm managing her financial affairs while she's abroad
Loan from employer $130 I took a personal loan from work, because the interest rates are lower than rate of inflation and repayment is over 18 months. Loan was used to make improvements on our house, and what wasn’t used, I bought shares on our stock exchange, due to hyperinflation, the amount I owe in US$ has gone down
Investments (shares in various counters on our local stock exchanges) $1,186
Car $4,000 Based on current resale value. Car was bought secondhand for cash

Income progression- (

This year, my husband and I decided that he would take on the bulk of our expenses since I do most of the domestic work/childcare. Expenses I pay will be indicated. My salary is now for my expenses, my investments and my savings, and spoiling the kids. Husband caters for the family basics. There was a point last year when I felt my husband wasn’t as invested in the family because he barely did anything financially. By having him cater for all expenses, he is now definitely involved and invested. My husband’s income is just about the same as mine, slightly higher at some times.

My Expenses
Expense Amount /period Note
Car insurance and licensing $300/annum This is due in March, and I pay for the entire year
Petrol $60/month
Electricity $10/month
Airtime/data $20/month
Groceries $60/month This is for additional groceries such as bread, veg and fruit bought during the month
Kids’ clothes $40/month I’m trying to build up their winter wardrobe so I try to buy them something each month
Makeup/clothes/toiletries/ supplements/hair $30/month I do not us this much monthly though
Water $15/month Based on last bill received in April. We do not get water consistently so bills are infrequent
Donations $20/month Ad hoc donations to a soup kitchen, and maternal health fun
Stock market investment $50/month May invest more or less, but I do try to buy shares every payday

Household Expenses (paid by P)

Expense Amount /period Note
Groceries $200/month Bulk grocery shopping of staple food items and toiletries
LP Gas $30/approx. every 2 months We buy when it runs out. Usually every 2 months depending on how bad the power supply is
Medical $15/month For OTC meds (painkiller, cough syrup, antacid stocked for emergencies) and any prescriptions
Pet expenses $60/ twice a year For vaccinations and checkups for 4 dogs. Pet food is covered under groceries
School fees for the kids $347/ term One kid has fees paid every month, the other every 3 months
Nanny $80/month Less than before as both kids are now in school fulltime, and nanny is there to get them ready for school and care after school for 3 hours.
DSTV subscription $37/month
Transport for kids to/from school $60/month L gets picked up and dropped off at home daily, E is dropped off after school

Previous MDs - ( and (

Did you participate in any form of higher education? If yes, how did you pay for it?
Yes, I have a BSc in Accounting, a Masters in Accounting, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Taxation. My parents both have Masters degrees, and in my family, the bare minimum acceptable for education was getting a Bachelors. My mother paid for my undergraduate degree, and I paid cash for my postgraduate studies.

Growing up, what kind of conversations did you have about money?
My parents divorced when I was very young. My dad is the wealthier of the two, my mum has always been middle-class. My mum brought me up with very little financial help from my dad, he only covered tuition and healthcare until I turned 18. My mum catered for everything else. My mum taught me how to look for bargains, how to save and invest, and also how to sometimes enjoy your money.

If you have, when did you move out of your parents'/guardians' house?
I would say I moved out at 26 when I got my current job. I had moved out when I got my first fulltime job, but moved back home when that contract ended

At what age did you become financially responsible for yourself? Does anyone else cover any aspects of your financial life?
At 26 again. That's when I earned enough to cover all my bills without needing help. My husband P covers some aspects of my financial life, and my mum occasionally helps out with stuff for her grandchildren.

What was your first job and why did you get it?
I worked as a receptionist at my mum's law firm after finishing my A Levels (age 18) while waiting to start university. My mum gave me the job to keep me occupied and out of mischief, lol.

Do you worry about money now?
I worry about building generational wealth for my children. I want to make sure they will be set for life as adults. I do worry about money because hyperinflation is eroding my earnings and retirement dramatically. This is my second time losing my retirement. My mum and in laws are losing their retirement for the third time, so honestly our old age looks bleak if we do not invest outside of work pensions.

Do you or have you ever received passive or inherited income?
I receive negligible dividends from the shares I own, lol.

Day 1
0430 – I’m woken up by loadshedding. I sigh, rollover, and sleep some more
0600 – Alarm goes off. I turn it off, enjoy cuddles from P and finally get out of bed. Our water tanks ran out 4 days ago, and council has not yet deigned to give us water, so we rely on P’s parents and friends to give us water. I get my water that was warming up on the stove, and take a quick bucket bath. I moisturize, do my brows, throw my lace wig on (I cut my hair in January, and I’m at a really awkward stage where my hair looks bad when I wear it out all day) and get dressed. It’s cold in the mornings so I put on winter stockings and a black and white chevron patterned dress, nude ballet pumps plus my warm jacket. I get E from the couch where he was watching Cocomelon and my lunch bag out of the kitchen and we head off to his school. After dropping off E, I go to the office. No electricity means no elevator, so I go up the stairs. I see my boss’s boss and greet him as we do the ZESA (local electricity company) sponsored workout. I log in to the work register, fill up my kettle, and settle down to check out my work email. Nothing urgent came through overnight, so I go into my personal email. The wig company I patronize has given me a code for my birthday, and I’m wondering if I should pull the trigger on my cart. I decide to do a report while thinking this through.
My mum is currently working out of the country, so I am managing her local finances/obligations while she’s away. I remember I have to buy the prepaid electricity token for my childhood home as well as for the house she lives in when she’s working in the country. I spend $23 on electricity for both houses (mum’s money so doesn’t count)
1030 – After doing some firefighting and office gossip I have my breakfast. Today its rice, peas and 2 fried eggs. I sprinkle some peri-peri Aromat on top since I don’t have a sauce/gravy ad I have been craving spicy food lately. I also pop my multivitamin and supplements. I check my team’s work and send back anything that needs correcting. I also generate the multiple reports my boss expects from me. I suddenly remember I need to claim my allowance for performing a role that is higher than my actual position at work. I quickly complete the form, and send it to my boss for his signature. The extra money from this is what I use to fund my stock market investments. I also remind my team to send a report to me for consolidation by noon.
12.00 – I do a major push of all my work due today so I can relax after lunch. I compile my reports and set them ready to send. I also finish my first 2 litres of water of the day, and cue up the next 2 litres
1300 – Its lunchtime, and my work bestie and I head out around town**. I find shorts that L would fit and buy 2 pairs for $10**. We head back to the office and I have caramel popcorn for lunch. Then I remember I forgot to have my afternoon meds, oops. Anyway, more work before heading to an audit meeting
1630 – The audit meeting is finally over, and I rush to shut down my computer, pack up my things and go home. I have an agreement with my manager that as long as I make up for the hour, by either coming early or skipping lunch, I can leave work at 4pm. I had a total hysterectomy end of last year so I still can’t manage driving in heavy traffic. I arrive home, make the bed (P had not made it when he went to work), and harvest chilies from our garden that have ripened. I also harvest a local herb used as a flu remedy and lemongrass, so I can brew up a tea/tisane for the flu affected people in my house. I also pack L’s lunch for tomorrow, a pie, a naartjie and juice. It’s also F’s payday, so I give her US$80 (P gave me this money).
E says he is hungry so I feed him sadza and sour milk by his request. I multitask covering L’s school textbook while supervising his homework and watching Married to Real Estate and the Great British Bake Off. I then have my dinner of sadza, greens and beef. I have a chat with the kids about their day at school. P gets home.
1900 – P and my nephew M go to fetch water from P’s friend’s house. The city council still hasn’t opened up our water supply. I do some French on Duolingo while the boys wreak havoc in their playroom. I read L and E their bedtime stories and put them to bed. I decide to do my hair in cornrows while watching Masterchef Australia. They get home and I help them carry water indoors. I remember that when power comes back I need to boil tripe on the stove, so I cut it up, put it in the pot with water, salt and garlic, and place it on the electric stove. We have serious loadshedding these days, so we have a gas stove and solar power to tide us over. I take a quick bath and change into my pyjamas. While P watches TV, I read Wild Sweet Love by Beverly Jenkins and continue to do my hair in cornrows.
2200 – My arms are tired and I’m only halfway through with the cornrows. I give up and go to bed with P.
Total spent - $10

Day 2
0600 – I hear crying. E is in a bad mood today. I turn off my alarm, and go to see what’s wrong. E does not want to get dressed for school. I sigh, and help F dress him while he throws a massive tantrum. E is dressed, so I go do my morning routine of shower, moisturize, contact lenses, and eyebrow makeup. Today, I wear a green dress I took from my mum, black tights, nude ballet flats and a black and white coat. E gets put into the car by F, and starts crying for porridge. We are already late, so he learns that the consequence of refusing to eat his porridge on time is to go to school without having his porridge. It’s not a big issue though, as he gets fed at school. So I lock the doors and windows and drive him to school as he throws a tantrum for the entire 10 minute drive. I shove him into the school gate and head to work.
It’s another ZESA sponsored stair workout today. I log into the register, and fill up my kettle with water. I switch on my computer, check my work email and send off client emails to my team for their response. My personal email has an annual report from one of the companies I have shares in so I check out if there’s a dividend this year. I own a negligible number of shares in the company though, but 28c per share is quite impressive. I check to see if my stock exchange wallet has been credited with the money I transferred there so I can buy more shares. It still hasn’t so I send a follow up email o the enquiries desk at the stock exchange. I do have a stockbroker, but I prefer doing my trades myself. I also do some French on Duolingo before 8am.
0830 – Our HR is in a tizzy because people are late for work. I don’t make a big deal out of it usually, because salaries are shit and people are demotivated. As long as my team shows up and does some work, I’m ok. I approve some work, and warn my team about coming in a bit too late. I also tell a teammate that she will have to cover for me on Monday as I am taking the day off. Our internet connectivity is shit so I can’t log into our system to check some stuff. My work bestie gives me avocados from her house. I almost cry because I have been craving avocados, but been too cheap to buy them.
1000 – I have a really bad sore throat. I am also hungry since I haven’t had breakfast yet. I jot down my shopping list for the weekend and head to Pick ‘n’ Pay to buy carrots, green peppers, tomatoes, lemons, cheese, polony and bread. I also buy my breakfast/lunch, which is rice, beans, ox liver and egg salad**. It all cost $10**. I leave my shopping in my car, and go to the office to wolf down my food, and take my multivitamin and painkiller. I also receive my wigs that I bought in May. Perfect timing, as I want to wear a new wig tomorrow for our girls’ day out.
I do some more work, and remind my team to send me the information I need for my daily reports.
1300 – I go out to buy a few items I didn’t find in Pick ‘n’ Pay earlier**. I go to Spar and buy peas, eggs, soft drinks for the outing tomorrow and a sausage roll. Total cost is $10**. The outing has been deemed kid friendly, so I needed drinks for the boys to have tomorrow. I get back into the office, and spend the rest of the lunch hour working.
1600 – It’s finally time to go home. I send my email to handover work issues for the person who will take over my role on Monday while I am on leave. I also send my out of office email, and head home. The kids are at their grandmother’s, so I take a leisurely bath, put on my pyjamas and eat dinner. Then I watch Masterchef Australia until P and E get home. I also get in some French Duolingo practice
2000 – P goes out with his friends, so I snuggle up on the couch with E and watch TV. I put E to bed, read him his bedtime story and kiss him good night. I finally finish season 13 of Masterchef Australia, and move on to My Kitchen Rules Australia. I love Australian reality shows, ngl.
2200 – I go to bed P gets home and tells me some bad news about a friend of ours. I feel very sad for him. He cuddles me and we sleep.
Total spent - $20

Day 3
0700 – I wake up feeling like a truck ran me over. I get out of bed, and get ready to hand-wash our laundry. We still have no running water so we can’t use the washing machine. I play music while doing my laundry to keep me motivated
0900 – Laundry has been hung out to dry. F has cooked potato curry, so I boil eggs and water. I have my breakfast of potato curry, egg, multivitamin and coffee. Once I’m done, I give E a bath and dress him. I also bath, moisturize, do my brows and get dressed. I’m wearing jeans and a t-shirt today as my friends and I ae supposed to take our kids out for a playdate. Then I receive a message that the outing is cancelled since one of our group is really sick. I try to think of something I can do with E, since L is out having fun with his grandmother. I do my Swahili Duolingo practice.
1100 – The welder comes to do some work on our garage door. I monitor the work for a bit, and then my nephew takes over. E starts really bugging me to go out. So I put on my headband wig and sneakers, and pack a cooler bag with snacks and drinks. We head into town and I buy myself some ciders for $9. These are for me to drink when the mood strikes me. E wants to go to a resort by the lake so I oblige him. We pay $8 for our entrance. He goes to play on the swings, and I take pictures of him having fun. Another family turns up, and one of his classmates is among them. He’s so happy, and goes to play with his friend. I watch him running around.
1500 – I get a call from my friend that she’s in town with my cake. This cake was meant for the cancelled outing. I pack up our stuff, hustle E into the car and drive back into town. I let out some colourful swear words when I realise I forgot to get our change of $2. Anyway**, I meet up with my friend and get the cake, and pay her $30**. It’s so pretty. I call my MIL while still in town to find out what time she will be there so I can pick up L. She says it will be an hour, so E and I head home to drop off the cake so it doesn’t melt in my AC-less car.
1600 – We are back in town waiting for L and MIL. E wants an ice cream so I buy him one for $0.50 using money I had in my Innbucks wallet. MIL calls and asks me to head over to where she is to pick L up since she can’t leave yet. E and I get there. MIL gets me sadza and goat tripe stew, which I eat a bit of to be polite even though I am not hungry. When I’m done, I pack up the kids and drive home. I bath and change into my pyjamas.
1800 – I feed the kids, and we play until their weekend bedtime of 8pm. I read them their bedtime stories and tuck them in. I watch TV and iron my morning laundry while having a gin and juice until 9pm, and head to read in bed. P and my nephew arrive home from their amateur soccer league match and subsequent outing with the boys. I fall asleep soon after.
Total spent - $49.50

Day 4
0700 – I’m woken up by L demanding that I come and play with them. I am still sleepy so I fob him off.
0900 - F knocks on the door and tells us she is off to church. I finally get out of bed and get dressed. I see the boys playing relatively peacefully so I let them continue with their antics. In the kitchen, I find F had cooked breakfast, and since I’m starving, I heat up water for coffee. L surprisingly isn’t hungry so I serve up breakfast for P and me. I have my daily multivitamin. P heads out to go fetch water, while I bath, change and hang out with the kids. I also do my French Duolingo practice for the day
1200 – I have played with the dogs and kids, and I am exhausted. I collapse onto the couch and watch MKR Australia. P gets home, and naps on the couch. I give the kids haircuts and baths.
1700 – L is hungry and really wants cake, so I feed the kids a dinner of sadza and sour milk. Then some cake for dessert. I also pack L’s school lunch, which will be a polony sandwich, a cupcake and juice. The kids play until its bedtime at 7pm. The usual routine, bedtime stories and tuck in is done
2000 – P and I watch a movie while having some alcoholic drinks.
2200 – Bedtime for us
Total spent - $0

Day 5
0600 – It’s my birthday today. I am going all out celebrating myself since TW I tried unaliving myself twice in the past year. L wishes me a happy birthday before he goes to school. I get birthday messages from my mum, dad, SILs, and friends. I also get a call from my brother, his wife and their son, and they sing to me. I feel very loved today. P goes to drop off E at school today so I can sleep in
0800 – I am finally up and hungry. I cook a quick breakfast of boiled eggs, and a bean curry. P takes my car to get serviced, while I bath, moisturize, contact lenses, do a full face of makeup and get dressed for the day. Today I wear a tie-dyed cutout mini-dress and sneakers, and my wavy headband wig
1300 – P is home and he drives me to a hotel outside town near a renowned tourist site in our country. We have a platter of fried fish, chicken strips, pork strips, fries, and a salad to share and multiple Savannah Drys while there. It’s really nice getting to reconnect after a very tumultuous year in our marriage. P pays.
1700 – We drive around the area, before heading home. Once we get home, P and my nephew go on a hunt for water, while I feed the kids. P and I head off to take our showers. I remember why I don’t do a full face of makeup when it take a long time to get the makeup off my face.
1900 – The family sings happy birthday, and we eat cake. Birthday gifts were gin and chocolate. I hustle the boys off to bed. No story today, as they went to bed later than usual. P watches TV while I read my novel.
2100 – Bedtime for the grownups
Total spent - $0

Day 6
0530 – I wake up and lie in bed for a bit. Then I read my novel some more.
0620 – I am up, and take my bath, moisturize, do my brows and get dressed. It’s cold this morning, so I wear a yellow dress with black polka dots, black tights and ankle boots. I pack up the cake I’m giving to my colleagues, as well as my water bottle. E and I head out. I drop E off at school, and go to the office. I log into the work register, turn on my computer, and check my emails. There are a few pressing issues I need to get up to speed with. One of my colleagues gives me $50 as a birthday gift. I also hand out the cake to my team.
0900 – Work is pretty quiet today, so I update my MD. I also receive news that one of my nephews is getting married. He is not that much younger than me, and could be my younger brother, but it makes me feel so old.
Note on my family: In our culture, even distant relatives are given close relationships so the large number of nephews/nieces is from those relationships. It’s a big thing done to maintain close family bonds. I have 4 actual (in a Western sense) nephews and nieces who are all under the age of 6.
1000 – I head to the supermarket and buy bread, onions, carrots, pork chops, pork trotters and my breakfast and lunch. This costs $25. The meat is the main cost driver here. I have a sausage roll, my multivitamin, supplement and milk for breakfast. I remember that I need to check if my stock exchange wallet was credited, ugh. The website is refusing to load and I’m very frustrated. I finally log in and see the amount is still not credited. I email and send a tweet to the stock exchange. Hopefully the tweet will get them to start moving.
1200 – My boss is mad. One member of my team left his desk without informing me and there’s an urgent matter. I was about to go downstairs to give P the groceries, so I stick around for a bit before committing the same offence as my subordinate, lol. I quickly get back into my office and check on work, sign some papers and letters, and clear out my emails.
1300 – My work bestie has to run other errands at lunch so I decide to stay in the office. I check my personal email and see I have received a dividend of $0.27, lol. The share price will probably drop soon, so I will buy more shares in this counter if I can get them to increase my shareholding. My goal for this year is to breach the 10,000 share mark for one counter. I suddenly remember I have work to do, so I use my lunch hour to do the work, and then take a quick break to eat my lunch of fries and a sausage and do some Swahili Duolingo practice.
1500 – I am thinking of going home when one of my team members calls me to deal with an angry client. I go to the office, and find out it’s a surprise birthday party from my team. I am so happy, lol. We have more cake, and there’s also fruit and juice. I head home feeling so appreciated with even more cake.
1700 – P and my nephew go out to get water. I warm up my bath water, and give the kids their dinner. Today its rice and croc meat. I make L’s lunch for tomorrow, a toasted polony sandwich and juice. I also pack my lunch, rice, a fried egg and peas. And some cake for my work bestie’s kids. I take my bath; change into my pyjamas and hound E to eat his food. If we let that kid be, he would probably live on the bits of our souls he sucks out daily by being stubborn. I am feeling nauseous so I have plain rice with a bit of avocado. The kids watch cartoons, while I do some more Swahili on Duolingo.
1900 – Bedtime for the kids. Today, there’s no demand for a bedtime story, so I just tuck them in and tell them I love them. I read my novel as increasingly feel more nauseated. I end up going to hurl my guts out. P comes home and finds me lying limply on the bed. He gives me a cuddle, and goes to eat his dinner. I get up but smell fish, and run back to throw up. If I hadn’t had a hysterectomy, I would be doing a pregnancy test ASAP.
2100 – I go to bed, and lie in bed for a bit, before finally drifting off.
Total spent - $25

Day 7
0500 – I wake up feeling nauseated again. Ugh, this reminds me of having hyperemesis while pregnant. I put my water on to heat and get back in bed to read some more.
0600 – E comes to lie on our bed. I get out of bed, and go throw up. I get my bath water, take my bath, moisturize and put my contacts in. I look like a reanimated corpse this morning. I do my brows to try bring a bit of life to my face and get dressed. It’s very misty and cold today so I put on warm brown tights, a long black dress, my warm jacket and ballet flats. I grab my lunch and the cake, pop E into the car and head out. Visibility is extremely low, so I drive slowly. I don’t know why people like surprising other drivers by having their cars pop out of the mist without switching on their headlights. I successfully avoid the drivers who hate life and drop E off at school before heading to work.
0700 – I am in the office, and I log into the register, before turning on my computer and checking my work email. Not too much in there, so I check my personal email. My stock exchange wallet has finally been credited with the $100. I also ponder whether I should pull the trigger on a V-part wig.
I do my weekly report, and start doing some boring work in the system. I realise I didn’t save the work I did yesterday, so I have to re-do it, so I can have the list of error messages to send to ICT.
0830 – Everyone is in the office, so I do some reshuffling of duties, so that essential areas are covered while one of my colleagues is on leave. I give the cake to work bestie, who tells me how much her daughter was excited over the cake yesterday. It’s now time for me to put my head down and really focus on knocking out the system work today. I also log into an online training, and I listen while doing my work. My mum also deposits money for my birthday gift and to spoil her grandkids.
1000 – I log into my stock exchange account and buy shares for $99.14 (doesn’t count as spending, as the money was moved before the MD started). The deadline for other departments to submit their weekly reports to me for consolidation has passed so I start following up. One department is a big problem as they always send their report late. Le sigh. I draft a very passive aggressive email to them. I also decide not to buy the wig and instead ask the person making me my custom earrings that I got myself for my birthday to bill me the rest of the money so I can pay and move the remainder of the money in my account into savings. Our currency has taken an enormous hit in the last week, and is free falling dramatically. I’d rather keep USD cash than money in my account at this point. The training finally ends.
1100 – I’m getting hungry so I go warm up my lunch, sprinkle on peri peri Aromat and dig in. Yum. I also have my multivitamin and supplement. A lady who sells local snacks comes in. She persuades me to buy maputi (corn nuts mixed with roasted peanuts) for $0.50. I buy them for my afternoon snack. I end up sending the report with missing statistics, and tell the department to send directly to the compiler, as they were late. That was a very aggressive email tbh. I’m still hungry, so I munch on my maputi, leaving the peanuts because I don’t feel like eating them lately.
1200 – I see a missed call from a number I don’t know. I call and it turns out they had sent money to my mobile wallet mistakenly. I check the mobile wallet and it shows it had an extra $11. I send the money back to the person. Times are too tough to keep people’s money
1400 – I snack on a few skittles instead of having more food. I just want something to entertain my mouth, I’m not hungry at all. I review more work and drink more water. The jeweler has sent the payment request for the earrings. I pay $100 (total spent on the earrings comes to $200, which is worth it for sterling silver custom made Jewellery. I use $50 of the birthday money from my mum to cover for part of this expense)
1600 – Finally time to go home. I shut down my computer, and drive home. Once I’m home, I put on my bath water, and help L do his homework. Then I do some Swahili Duolingo practice and pack L’s lunch for tomorrow. He requested maize (corn on the cob), a boiled egg and a naartjie. His wish is my command for once. I also pack my lunch, a boiled egg, peanut butter sandwich and a bit of birthday cake. The jeweler sends pictures of the final product. They are absolutely gorgeous. Happy 34th birthday to me!!!
1800 – I serve the kids their dinner, and go to take my bath. P sends a text that he will be home late as they are working late today. I have my own dinner while persuading E to eat his food
1900 – Bedtime for the kids. I read them their bedtime stories, tuck them in and tell them I love them. Then I go to watch TV. I’m catching up on Married to Real Estate, Food Factory and Man Vs Food. You can tell that reality TV is my jam.
2100 – I decide to have some decaf black coffee and cake as my bedtime snack. P and my nephew arrive home. They are later than they thought they would be because nephew dropped his phone in the middle of the highway and they were searching for it. Because nephew’s ancestors were on the job, they found it intact. It’s a big deal because this is a major highway and huge trucks use that road constantly. I chat with P as he has his dinner and takes his bath.
2200 – Cuddles and bedtime for us

Total spent today – $100

Total spent this week – $204.50

Spending by categories
Food & Drink – $84.50
Home & Health – $0
Clothing & Beauty – $110
Transportation – $0
Fun & Entertainment – $10

Reflections on this week’s spending
The spending is pretty much about normal for me tbh (excluding the cake and earrings). I had quite a bit of petrol in the tank so I didn’t need to top up my tank this week. The converted US$ prices are a bit inaccurate since our currency had a big drop this week, and most of my spending is in local currency. I could reign in my spending a bit, and focus more on investing. However, I do enjoy using my money to bring joy to my kids and myself. Particularly myself after the absolutely shitty year I had.
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2023.06.08 07:51 909the How do I keep this succulent alive?

How do I keep this succulent alive?
I picked it up growing wildly about a month ago. It wasn’t doing well at first but somehow came back to life and started gaining that powder around it again. My smallest pot held too much water so I wanted to lower the soil level, but the succulent’s stalk was too long for that so I trimmed it and placed them both back into the soil. I keep it by a north-facing window and I’ve only watered it once this month. I checked today and the leaves seem to be getting a bit limp so I checked the roots and this is what it looks like. What can I do to keep it alive? Thank you.
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2023.06.08 05:45 acrux_13 Dying plants

Dying plants
Hi everyone, I had this pot from a year ago, it has 3 plants I guess (Diffenbachia, a plant with pink dots, and the green one) I'm sorry I don't know their names. Last photo shows how it looked like when I got it. Now it's all turning brown and dying, even the Diffenbachia, the leaves are turning brown before they open up (second photo). I water them once a week when the top of the soil is dry. Should I move each plant in a different pot? I kinda liked how they looked like together. Will the Diffenbachia and plant with the dots grow again? Also, there is something weird (fourth photo) , I don't know what's that, but it has been there for a while and it doesn't move, any idea what's that?
Any help would be appreciated, thank you :))
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2023.06.08 04:53 Mr_Johnnycat 3 weeks into preflower. Should it take this long? Do I have possible N toxicity?

3 weeks into preflower. Should it take this long? Do I have possible N toxicity?
I have 2 plants stuck in preflower for a bit over 3 weeks. Not sure if maybe I added to much N with the dr earth all purpose organic dry fertilizer and flower girl but it’s slow going. Is 3 weeks ok or is there something wrong with the dry fertilizer that I added at week 3 of its life (wasn’t in preflower yet). Or is it just genetics? The atlas top gun is losing its color even after giving it a tea using the 4-4-4 dry fertilizer. Could it be a lockout or damage from a thrip and aphid infestation I have been battling with?
Grow info: Viparspectra xs1500 3 gallon pot Happy frog soil Temp at 74 Humidity at 55 Fertilizer: Dr earth all purpose 4-4-4 dry fertilizer and flower girl
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