More garden updates!

What a joy joy joy! Even pulling out weeds is weirdly fun. Watching the roots shoot out covered in dirt, sprinkling pieces of dirt everywhere! It’s fun haha

Everything is growing so fast. The beans spread out so much that I had to give them a home and direct them upward. They were taking over the whole front part of the corner! Weaving in and out and around other plant leaves!

I’ve got a winter squash! My mom gave me a bag of random seeds, some flowers, some veggies like corn, beans, squash and a few others. So all of these were much a surprise! I planted them hear and there but really didn’t expect much to happen. I have been pleasantly surprised!

I am soooooo excited about these sunflowers. They are mammoth sunflowers and will grow to 12’ tall. The fact that they will all ride in a beautiful line adorning my house, is just magical to think about! There were really supposed to be 6 but Prince (my dog) ate 3 of them. Apparently their leaves are very tasty to dogs!

In addition to that, I randomly decided to take this corner under my stairs and get rid of the weeds, flip the soil and try my luck growing some flowers. At first, for a bit, nothing was happening and I figured it was a bust. I probably messed up the ratio or didn’t add enough new soil etc. I mean, things happen! It’s not always successful. Yet just last week I started to notice growth!

I figured seeing as Prince ate those other 3 sunflowers, maybe I plant new ones here and then there will be two spots! They’re coming up!! I have 3 more musketeers, even maybe more!

My tomatoes are flourishing as are the cucumbers, they’re both starting to flower and I see veggies coming soon!

My sugar daddy peas are actually growing little pea pods too! I didn’t realize they grow right out of the flowers! That’s so cute, just a little pea pod getting bigger and bigger. I don’t know why, but they’re very cute.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this little trip away from your life and into my garden 🙂 it definitely brings me lots of joy and I hope it does for you too.

Garden update!

Everything is growing so great 🙂 the weeds are too! Which isn’t so great. Regardless, I’m keeping them in tact which has probably been the most time consuming part!

At this point this is the list of everything that’s growing! (Vegetable wise!)

– a TON of tomatoes

– a ton of cucumbers

– beans – not sure which kind yet haha

– winter squash – this was a surprise!

– Arugula

– spinach

– sugar daddy peas

– sweet onions

– carrots

And potentially lettuce, broccoli and lettuce!

I meannnnn that’s a lot of stuff! I need to learn how to can things!! If you know any good resources or have recipes please comment on this post! I’d love to hear from you ❤️

We’ve also got a ton of sunflowers, Merigolds and hopefully others that will fill the space!

Honestly, what a beautiful thing, I put some energy and time into gardening and now I’ve got beauty growing around me and food that I can consume and get natural nourishment from! You should try it too, it’s great being out in nature and away from a screen for some time. It’s great reconnecting with the earth, walking barefoot, smelling the smells and interacting with al the insects, animals etc that live out in nature. Grounds you and calms you.

Why do people care about astrology?

When people first think of astrology, I feel like they automatically think of those cheesy daily horoscopes put out by magazines or Snapchat etc. Which is literally the most basic, shallow way of looking at astrology. It’s so much more than that.

Astrology is the study of planets, and their effects on our world. The basis of astrology is.. can you guess?… it’s math. Much like everything else. There are multiple calculations made based on the planet’s size, speed, rotation around our planet, distance between us and between other planets, associations with time both big and small etc. each of these factors, refined, gives us an understanding of meaning. This allows us to then categorize various meanings into understandable concepts for us to utilize, learn and grow from.

I mean, the study is deep, and it requires a lot of time and effort to fully understand. Most people don’t have the time or interest to dive into these things as deep as needed which is why it’s important to find people and resources that you trust that allow you to gather this information once it’s all been calculated.

Let me know if you’d like a post about the resources I use, I’d be happy to share.

So let’s use an example for real life context. Currently, we are passing through a retrograde, Mercury retrograde to be exact. We are actually now in the shadow period which essentially means the time after the retrograde has happened. What is a retrograde? A retrograde means that from earth, a planet that is usually moving forward, or “seems” like it’s moving forward from our perspective on earth, changes direction and looks like it’s moving backwards for a while. This is usually caused by the difference in speed of rotation between our two planets. The shift in perception is caused by various placements, in time, of both planets. Hence, retrogrades only last a few weeks at a time.

So if we take the most basic aspect of this concept: the fact that we had a planet moving forwards, and now we see it moving backwards for a time period, only to once again resume forward movement. How can this apply to us?

It applies through all of the “re” concepts. Reflection. Return. Reorganize. Reconfigure. Etc. what does this prefix mean? It means, to do again. To try something, stop, step back, reflect and reassess, and then try again.

So during this time of “retrograde” which literally means shifting direction, we often experience a shift in our direction. Often paired with a revisiting of old concepts, old people, old experiences etc. We are given a second chance, a second look, at something we have gone through before to see if we need to revisit this thing, or reassess and leave it behind. This is why often times exes will come back into our lives during this time, past traumas will resurface, obstacles previously experienced etc. It’s essentially a time for the universe to give you a little check in. “Have you learned what you needed to from this cycle? Or do you need to go through it one more time?”

These retrogrades happen every few months. Much like a pop quiz in class. Have you understood the information learned this quarter or do you need to repeat it?

Cool huh?

This is why people pay attention to astrology. These types of concepts exist for every planet, and time as we know it is divided into sections, given meaning through planetary placement and movement. Once you start paying attention to these things, you are more prepared for what’s to come and are more ready to take on what shows up for you.

Nothing is permanent. Everything is always changing. Your only goal is to live, experience and grow. That’s why you are here, right now, exactly as you are.

Start getting interested. Learn. Expand your consciousness. You are so much more than just a pawn aimlessly wandering on this earth.

Making dandelion tea!

While the dandelions were everywhere, far and wide wherever you would look, I wanted to finally try dandelion tea!

We’re taught as a society to view dandelions as merely a garden weed to be pulled out, or exterminated with Round up.

Yet, did you know that dandelions are fully edible? From the roots, to the leaves, to the flowers! You can roast the roots, or dry them out, eat them normally or make tea out of them. You can put the leaves in salad much like you do with lettuce or spinach. You can eat the flowers raw, or you can bake them. You can even dry them out, or soak them and use them in tea!

That’s what I did!

I actually have a pool in my backyard that doesn’t work, so it grows weeds instead haha and many of the weeds in there are dandelions! So I went down into my pool and cut up a bunch of the dandelion flowers to make tea with. I was really curious to see what they tasted like, for one, but also I wanted all the health benefits!

Dandelions are actually great at improving and nourishing your heart, they promote a healthy liver, they have lots of antioxidants, they reduce cancer risk, they’re anti inflammatory, they reduce blood sugar levels and even reduce cholesterol. I mean this isn’t even the full list hah so many benefits and yet we’re over here killing them with Round off! A product that has cancerous side effects. Such a backwards world.

The tea was super easy to make:

1. Wash the dandelions (of course!)

2. Put them in a pot with water and steep them for about 8 minutes.

3. Put this mixture into the refrigerator for about 2-3 hrs.

4. Strain!

5. Add any flavorings! I chose honey!

6. Drink your iced tea! Enjoy the wonderful benefits it brings 🙂

We have so many beneficial natural remedies literally in our backyards and we have no idea they’re there! I’ve been doing lots of research on this whole matter for a while now, trying to educate myself on natural remedies, as those are the most potent and beneficial without life altering side effects! Magic all around us; Gaia provides.

May challenge 7-9! and 10-13!

Days 7-9 I had to skip because I was literally working morning to night but once that was over, I got back to it! No reason to completely burn myself out! Rest and respect to my body, is just as important, as finishing a self decided challenge. 🙂

Thanks for watching!

Tomato update and replanting!

The tomatoes have started sprouting like crazy! So quick too, even after just three days there were already about three sprouts peeking through, now there’s around 10! I don’t even think I have room for all of them, but it sure is exciting!

So many tomato babies poking through!

Since the last videos, I have planted peppers and cucumbers, in the same process as the tomato germination. I’ve had some life events take all my time this week but I’ll be back soon with the first steps of the transformation of the hay tubs or the main two veggie gardens.

In the meantime, enjoy a simple video of me replanting the mint my mom gave me! Replanting was always daunting to me, either I would lose all the roots during the transfer, or overwater, or choose too big of a pot, etc., not many made it. But I feel like I have finally figured out the steps!

I think the main thing is to keep some moisture in the soil of the plant you are going to move, so that the soil doesn’t separate and crumble while free without a container. Also, it’s important not to overfill the second pot, because if you do, then you end up really pushing the plant and existing soil into the second pot, and it usually ruins some roots.

Only packing down the soil slightly is important, as well as keeping the environmental conditions similar to before. That way there’s less of a shock and adaptation for them.

Let me know if you have any other helpful tips on replanting I may not be aware of!

Thanks for watching!

Vikusha creates

For anyone interested and has been following me for a while, I wanted to tell you guys about my website where I actually sell my creations. I talk about the behind the scenes aspect here but if you’re ever interested in getting your hands on one of my one-of-a-kind wire wraps, art or unique apparel, as well as my moms one-of-a-kind handmade knitwear, head over to:

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Some of the products on there:

Labradorite and oxidized silver pendant
Labradorite copper wire wrap pendant

Check out the link above to see all the other goodies! I’ll be adding prints of my recent paintings soon as well!

Thank you!