How To Take Your Little Seed Packet And Actually Grow Something

How To Take Your Little Seed Packet And Actually Grow Something

It really isn't as hard as everyone thinks it is!


Everyone thinks gardening is difficult when, in reality, plants are extremely low maintenance. They need very few things to grow correctly and nothing is more satisfying than to see your seedlings grow into full plants. That's not to say it cant go wrong. Somethings are out of your control like the sun or diseases contracted by plants! Nevertheless, planting seeds is a cheap and fun pastime which can involve anyone from ages 3 - 93.

The most important advice to growing plants, especially from seeds, is that they're alive. I know this seems self-explanatory, but a lot of time we forget that plants can also get fungus, diseases, and malnutrition. When those things happen, it's very easy to fix the problem, whether through different watering techniques or more sunlight.

1. Plant the seeds/plant at the depth they are intended to be planted at.

Every seed and plant is different, but there is a general rule of thumb for both that will help keep your plants healthy and grounded. For seeds, you should plant them three times deeper than the diameter if the seed itself. For example, a sunflower seed will need to be planted much deeper into the soil than a tomato seed. As for replanting, you should make sure the roots are completely covered in soil, but not so deep the stems start going underground. If you plant the roots too high, the plant will be more prone to dehydration, but if the roots are too deep it may lead to lack of sunlight in the lower parts of the plant.

* Keep in mind it is very important to put soil to the very top of the pot. If the plant sits too low in the pot or if the soil reaches mid-pot, the plant will begin to get leggy and require more direct sunlight.

2. From seeds to seedlings: pro tip.

When planting seeds, moisture is vital. Seeds remain sedimentary without the help of water. Before sunlight even reaches the seed, water helps the plant break free and begin sprouting. That being said a pro tip would be to cover the pot in plastic wrap until the first sight of a sprout. The first time I did this with my sunflowers, it sprouted within three days as opposed to the usual two weeks. I was shocked that containing the moisture could enhance the development of the seedlings. If you try this on various seeds, please be sure and tell me how it worked out!

3. Water your plant!

I can't remember how many times I have looked at my plants and asked myself, "why are my plants dying?". I would sit and look up what I was doing wrong for hours until I finally diagnosed my plants with rare diseases and that their death was completely unrelated to me. Of course, this is far from the truth. Plants need water just like humans do. When humans get dehydrated, we get headaches and feel drowsy and plants feel the same way. The best way to decide whether your plant needs more water is to just feel the topsoil. If the topsoil is dry, it needs water; if its wet, give it a few more days. When going to water a plant, make sure you water it until water comes out the drain at the bottom*. This way the water will reach to the very bottom tip of the roots.

*Your pot needs drainage holes at the bottom!

4. Sunlight is food!

Sunlight is plant food. Every single plant is different. Just like humans, some plants need more food than others. Some need tons of sunlight, while others are just fine in the shade. If you look at your plant and it is drooping, it needs sun.

5. Fertilize

Fertilizing your plants once a month will help them seep the nutrients they need to keep growing. A lot of plants are more/less acidic than others, so by fertilizing and helping regulate the acidity of the plant, they will be more likely to grow taller and stronger.

6. Transplanting

As you can tell, transplanting means moving a plant from one pot to another. Just like humans need new clothes, plants need larger pots as they grow. At some point, your plant's roots will be so long they will start growing from the bottom of the pot ( the drainage holes) and will need to be moved.

You will have two options: cut back or keep growing. To cut back, carefully cut the roots and extra foliage away and replant into the same pot. This will keep the plant from growing larger. If you would like to transplant your plant, just take the plant at the very bottom and gently pull. It may help to gently dig around to loosen up the dirt. When the plant is uprooted, shake some soil off so it's not bulked down and replant in the new pot. Make sure the roots are completely covered in dirt when replanting.

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There are millions of pots, soils, and techniques, but if you're just looking to keep your plants alive, follow these few steps. Many of these things you may only have to do once a year, but it's vital to keep your plants strong. Plants are a great way to lighten up a room or liven up your yard. They offer a diverse range of colors and dimension to your life and all they need is a little light and water!

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I Am A College Student, And I Think Free Tuition Is Unfair To Everyone Who's Already Paid For It

Stop expecting others to pay for you.


I attend Fordham University, a private university in the Bronx.

I commute to school because I can't afford to take out more loans than I already do.

Granted, I've received scholarships because of my grades, but they don't cover my whole tuition. I am nineteen years old and I have already amassed the debt of a 40-year-old. I work part-time and the money I make covers the bills I have to pay. I come from a middle-class family, but my dad can't afford to pay off my college loans.

I'm not complaining because I want my dad to pay my loans off for me; rather I am complaining because while my dad can't pay my loans off (which, believe me, he wants too), he's about to start paying off someone else's.

During the election, Bernie frequently advocated for free college.

Now, if he knew enough about economics he would know it simply isn't feasible. Luckily for him, he is seeing his plan enacted by Cuomo in NY. Cuomo has just announced that in NY, state public college will be free.

Before we go any further, it's important to understand what 'free' means.

Nothing is free; every single government program is paid for by the taxpayers. If you don't make enough to have to pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. If you live off welfare and don't pay taxes, then something like this doesn't bother you. When someone offers someone something free, it's easy to take it, like it, and advocate for it, simply because you are not the one paying for it.

Cuomo's free college plan will cost $163,000,000 in the first year (Did that take your breath away too?). Now, in order to pay for this, NY state will increase their spending on higher education to cover these costs. Putting two and two together, if the state decides to raise their budget, they need money. If they need money they look to the taxpayers. The taxpayers are now forced to foot the bill for this program.

I think education is extremely important and useful.

However, my feelings on the importance of education does not mean that I think it should be free. Is college expensive? Yes -- but more so for private universities. Public universities like SUNY Cortland cost around $6,470 per year for in-state residents. That is still significantly less than one of my loans for one semester.

I've been told that maybe I shouldn't have picked a private university, but like I said, I believe education is important. I want to take advantage of the education this country offers, and so I am going to choose the best university I could, which is how I ended up at Fordham. I am not knocking public universities, they are fine institutions, they are just not for me.

My problems with this new legislation lie in the following: Nowhere are there any provisions that force the student receiving aid to have a part-time job.

I work part-time, my sister works part-time, and plenty of my friends work part-time. Working and going to school is stressful, but I do it because I need money. I need money to pay my loans off and buy my textbooks, among other things. The reason I need money is because my parents can't afford to pay off my loans and textbooks as well as both of my sisters'. There is absolutely no reason why every student who will be receiving aid is not forced to have a part-time job, whether it be working in the school library or waitressing.

We are setting up these young adults up for failure, allowing them to think someone else will always be there to foot their bills. It's ridiculous. What bothers me the most, though, is that my dad has to pay for this. Not only my dad, but plenty of senior citizens who don't even have kids, among everyone else.

The cost of living is only going up, yet paychecks rarely do the same. Further taxation is not a solution. The point of free college is to help young adults join the workforce and better our economy; however, people my parents' age are also needed to help better our economy. How are they supposed to do so when they can't spend their money because they are too busy paying taxes?

Free college is not free, the same way free healthcare isn't free.

There is only so much more the taxpayers can take. So to all the students about to get free college: get a part-time job, take personal responsibility, and take out a loan — just like the rest of us do. The world isn't going to coddle you much longer, so start acting like an adult.

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Yes, I'm A Feminist, No I Don't Hate All Men

Because if we want to promote equality, why fight that with mass hating a particular gender?


I'd like to consider myself a feminist.

I am all for equal opportunity, equal pay, and equal rights. I believe that women should be granted the equal opportunities that males do, be free of harassment, not be scared to exist literally just because of their gender, have reproductive rights, be taken seriously when we think something is medically wrong with us, and be treated with the same respect and dignity as men do. Just because I believe all these things, however, doesn't mean I automatically hate men.

I've seen a big increase in trends that, just for men existing, people will post about how "men ain't shit," or how men ultimately suck just because of their gender. When reflecting upon this, however, I've come to realize isn't this a step in the wrong direction?

Obviously, I can't continue on until I say this: there is, in fact, times where men can really suck. White men in positions of power abusing that, men who are rapists, men who meddle in women's reproductive rights, abusers, men who think it's okay and even funny to harass others, etc. But it all comes down to this: just because you're a man doesn't mean I automatically hate you, and I don't think others should.

Sure, as mentioned above, there are garbage humans who abuse their positions of power as men in order to get what they want. THOSE are the people I hate, not others for existing just because they are men. When in reality, there are a lot of good men who recognize their positions of power and try and make up for it by advocating for those in need of advocacy, whether they are women or even minorities. There are men who are decent human beings, whether that is being nice to others, volunteering in their community, caring for those around them, or even men who are also feminists.

I think my argument has been made pretty clear: I do not and will not hate you just because you are a man. No one gets to choose whichever gender they are, so why should I hate a group of people for just being born male? If I want to promote equality as a feminist, why should I then believe that I am better because I am female? Why should I say I believe in equal treatment between genders, yet automatically hate you because you're a man?

So yes, some men truly, "ain't shit." I believe these men, however, are not good human beings. Men aren't terrible just because they are men, and I ultimately wish that those promoting total equality would realize that we cannot strive towards equal treatment, opportunities, and pay if we continue clumping one group together under the impression of, "they're men, they're terrible."


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