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Gardening

I had too much free time on my hands during the pandemic and I needed a hobby. I decided to try my hand at gardening. Then my girlfriend died and my life went on hiatus for a few months while I was processing and grieving. One day my sister came over and we were hanging out in my backyard when I noticed a weird weed growing from a crack in the ground. I pulled it up and it was a little carrot. I took that as a sign that I should take up gardening again.

My old roommate/good friend and his girlfriend/another good friend moved in to my place to take care of me. They brought along some of their plants from their garden, and we created a backyard garden together. We mostly stuck to potted plants, but when spring rolled around this year we decided to upgrade to raised planter boxes. We bought lumber from Home Depot and built three planter boxes. They weren’t the most glamorous things to look at, but they held the soil in place and that was good enough for us.

We planted tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, squash, multiple types of peas and beans, kale, lettuce, arugula, carrots, beets, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, basil, cilantro, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, various herbs, peppers, and a bunch of other things that I’m too lazy to list. We did the bulk of planting in March and April and now we are finally starting to see the fruits (and veggies) of our labor. It’s pretty damn satisfying to get fresh produce from our backyard that we grew ourselves.

It’s an ongoing battle to keep our plants healthy and happy against the forces of nature. We live in San Francisco so the fog keeps the sunlight away more than we’d like. There are pests like aphids and caterpillars that can destroy months of work in a few days so we have to stay vigilant. But it makes everything we successfully harvest taste so much better.

Tending the garden is soothing. It’s good for the soul. It gives something to occupy my time, and it gives me something to look forward to. We are nowhere near experts, so there is a lot of trial and error. But we enjoy the learning process. Playing in the dirt makes me happy, and being happy is a nice distraction from my depression.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Air Plants

My roommate is out of town for a few days and she left me in charge of watering the plants. She has a pretty solid collection of plants, but she wrote me down detailed instructions for how to take care of each one. She spelled it out for me. The plants in the mason jars on the window just needs a little bit of water. The Jerusalem Cherry gets a complete soil soaking. the avocado trees need to be fully soaked and drained in the sink. The elephant ear plant needs a full bottle of water poured all around the dirt. And the air plants need to be soaked in a bowl full of water, but only for an hour. She told me to do the air plants first because they were the most important. I’m not much of a botanist, i will admit that I had no idea what air plants are. I found all the other plants okay, but no air plants. I had to text my sister to ask what they were. She said they didn’t need soil and that people usually hang them from the ceiling or put them in teapots. I searched the entire apartment searching for something that matched that description. All I found were a couple of things like looked like cactus tumble weeds in glass containers on a bookshelf. I texted my sister back and said I didn’t see anything hanging from anywhere. She told me to take a video of the apartment and she would try to spot them. I made a quick video tour and went it to her. I also summoned up the courage to text my roommate and ask her what air plants are. I received responses from them both at the same time. The air plants were those little fuckers that I thought were cactus in the glass containers on the bookshelf. Mind blown. I was amazed, flabbergasted, and stunned. I never knew that air plants were even a thing before today. It makes me wonder how many times I walked past air plants before thinking that they were cacti. You learn something new everyday. Today I learned about air plants.
Critically Rated at 11/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Poison Oak

Nature wants to kill you and poison oak is proof. Most of the US has to deal with poison ivy. I’m from California and we have poison oak. It’s pretty much the same thing: an innocent looking plant with leaves in clusters of three that produces an oil that irritates your skin. If you get the oil on your hands, anywhere you touch will get an itchy and painful rash. Irritation is kind of an understatement; it can make your scrotum shrivel up to resemble a prune. I once had it so bad that I couldn’t even run in P.E. class. It’s pretty frightening when your junk’s all shriveled and chafed and covered with red blotches. And it’s one helluva humiliating excuse note. Poison oak is nature’s way of keeping you on trails while hiking and from shitting in the woods at night. Respect nature. Treasure your junk.

Critically Rated at 3/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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A Walk in the Park

I am lucky enough to live next to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, one of the best parks in the world. It’s bigger than NYC’s Central Park. That means it is better. Popularity and politics aside, if you are lucky enough to live close to a park too, I suggest that you take some time and enjoy a walk in the park. You’ll experience fresh air and sunshine. You’ll see birds and squirrels and trees and flowers and be reminded that Nature is a real thing and not just something you see on the Discovery Channel.

It’s good to be out in open space, standing on grass and dirt rather than concrete and trash. Sometimes you forget about nature when you live in a city. A walk in the park makes you remember that your roots are in caves, not in cubicles. And going outside is free entertainment. Appreciate it and take advantage of it.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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