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Urban Gardening With Succulents in Beautiful Vancouver, BC


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Painted Terracotta Planter

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Hello!

Tonight I avoided studying for finals for one last day by watching Parks and Recreation, hanging out with my cat and painting pots!  This project was really easy! You just need to be patient with letting the acrylic paint dry.  

1) Clean or buy a terra cotta pot (There are tons at thrift stores)

2) Use a sponge to apply acrylic paint of your choice. Paint in one direction to avoid crazy streaks (this will take numerous coats if you are painting your pot white and you don’t want streaks)

3) Use a fine liner to add design or a small paint brush (Don’t use Sharpie if you use a fine liner it will run!  Instead use a Staedtler permanent marker (I checked to make sure it doesn’t run with water)

4) Last use a finish to seal the paint and protect the inside.  I still have to do this last step but that is it!

This is a really fun DIY project and it gives old planters a second life.  I loved the quote “I’d rather have flowers in my hair than diamonds around my neck” and it is a sweet saying for a succulent planter. I am hoping to start selling some this summer in Vancouver 🙂 

Goodluck and happy painting!

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Robin Hoods of Neglected Landscapes

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Hello,

Hope everyone had a beautiful and happy Easter long weekend.  Today I am going to discuss the hot topic of guerilla gardening.  I recently started guerilla gardening in the city of Vancouver and have found the blogs surrounding it extremely interesting.  Through investigating the discussion pages and profiles of those commenting I have come to realize that seldom do guerilla gardeners fit into the common stereotypes of hippies, anti-globalist and radical anarchists.  I myself am not a stereotypical guerilla gardener.  I am a University student studying general arts who loves playing hockey and reading books on animals and botany.  For me, is not merely the sheer beauty of plants I find interesting but the capability they have in transforming people emotionally (working part time at the garden store I witness the power plants possess in bringing happiness daily).  It is this social transformation I find extremely fulfilling about the practice of guerilla gardening.  For me, guerilla gardening is not a political statement about public space.  It is the transformation from drab and depressing to a beautiful and inviting space.  What I am meaning to say is that guerilla gardening is a far from a static term.   Guerilla gardening is a dynamic activity that serves various purposes for a variety of people.  I believe blogs have changed the perception of guerilla gardeners by inviting discussion surrounding the topics and through the diverse and personal features of blogs.  Blogs invite us to explore the personal thoughts, opinions and personalities of those who write them.  By inviting the readers to get to know them, online blogs act as profiles that alter the one dimensional stereotypes of guerilla gardeners and help to world envision those who guerilla garden as a combination of identities.  On guerilla gardening blogs I have come across posts on discussion boards left by a kindergarten teacher wanting to make seed balls with her class, a grandmother wanting to teach her 2 year granddaughter how to make seed balls and a variety of individuals seeking advice.  These examples alter the perception that guerilla gardeners are radical hippies and in this case can be seen as mothers and grandmothers looking to teach children about plants.  From exploring various guerilla gardening blogs I have come to notice the ability they have had in forming groups with collective interests with diverse backgrounds.  The online world has not only helped to spread helpful guerilla gardening information, but has changed the way guerilla gardeners are viewed.  I have come to realize that guerilla gardening blogs serve the important function of creating a space for community dialogue and discussion.  Through which, community attachment and change is developed through the inclusion of various people.  I would love to hear your opinion on the relationship of blogs and guerilla gardening.  If any guerilla gardeners read this I would love to hear about your experiences

Goodnight!


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Dinosaur Terrariums

Hello!

I had the best day soaking up some vitamin D and thought I would share one of my favourite DIY projects, terrariums! My two terrariums make me giggle constantly (this is a result of me changing the position of the dinos so they look like they are snacking on my succulents or cacti).  They didn’t take long to make and they are a great addition to any space (it is almost like having a miniature world within a room).  These are the simple steps to creating a teeny ecosystem.

1)   Get your hands on some plants! These can be succulents and cacti (require very little water and attention) or mosses and other tropical (these will thrive in a moist environment)

2)   Find some fun containers. These can range from fishbowls to wine glasses anything will do (thrift stores are the place to pick these up for a steal)

3)   Potting soil and sand.  I first mixed potting soil with sand to help with the drainage (succulents and cacti hate their roots being wet) and added more sand to the top (this made it look pretty as well)

4)   Spice it up! I used rocks I found at the beach (make sure to boil them to get rid of the salt water before placing them in your terrarium if you do so).  My final addition has been my two dinos! I picked them up a whole bag of them at the thrift store for 99 cents. They are the best!

This project is great because each one has such a unique personality! They make great gifts and are extremely low maintenance.  These guys have been going strong for close to a month now and I barley water them.  About once a week I mist them with my spray bottle.  I have mine in my window and they seem content.  If you have any questions please ask or if you create your own I would love to see them 🙂ImageImage

Happy planting!

  

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Teacup Succulents

Hello,

Hope the weather is beautiful where you are reading from because it just turned to the oh so common Vancouver downpour here.  On the plus side, I get to be bundled by the fire listening to the rain (I love the sound of rain) and the city of Vancouver will stay lush and green.

Today I thought I would share with you my cute little teacup succulents! I love these guys and they seem very happy up in the windowsill.  All it took to bring them to life was…

1)   Plants! I chose succulents because I am obsessed with them and they are extremely forgiving if you forget to water them.  Though you may want to experiment with a different house plant

2)   Teacups. The teacup I used once belonged to my grandma and the other small pot was picked up at a thrift store for 25 cents

3)   Drainage. The ideal set up for your plants is to drill a hole through the bottom of the teacup and have a saucer underneath but I put some gravel on the bottom and mixed my potting soil with sand and so far they have been happy

4)   Enjoy.  The fun part is putting them together and getting to see them on the daily.

 

I Hope I have inspired you to give it a try! Have a great day! Image