Vertical Kitchen Garden.

2014-02-17 08.36.41Kitchens have always seemed like magical places to me.  I love the possibilities that exist inside of a kitchen, all the things you could potentially create.  My mother instilled in me a healthy respect for herbs and spices, to me a kitchen isn’t complete unless there is a wide variety both, all the better if they are fresh.  It’s my opinion that  kitchens can only be improved with the addition of plants.

I love the idea of having fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables within arm’s reach while I’m cooking.  I love how they stimulate my senses, and make me feel freaking amazing.

There is a distinct feeling, a vibration that plants bring to an environment which invigorates and uplifts, they literally provide us with a breath of fresh air.

This weekend I decided to add some more of that uplifting plant vibration to my house by finally making my kitchen garden.  The kitchen garden for me is one of those projects you decide that you MUST do because it looks so amazingly awesome when you read about it.

2014-02-16 18.29.57To make this particular garden I used a few empty two liter bottles,  a cordless drill with a 1/4 drill bit attachment. Cotton Twine, Printed Duct Tape (peacock feather pattern), a scissors, aquarium gravel, organic starter soil, an empty egg carton and of course, assorted seeds.

Not everything listed is pictured  You can find all of the stuff you need to make this online, or at a hardware store…  Alternatively, if you want to be like me and feel guilty for the next week; just go to Wal-Mart.  That’s where I found the duct-tape, drill-bits, aquarium gravel, and organic starter soil.

I was surprised to find that Wal-Mart carried organic potting soil, I’ve had a hell of a time finding it locally lately so that was a plus.  There’s always a silver lining to every cloud!  I’m currently working on making my own soil from compost but it takes a year for compost to mature and we’ve only been living here for the last four months.  Eight more months to go and I’ll have my own organic soil…around November.  :/

Until then I’m going to need soil, while I would prefer to do business with other places,  I do think it’s a good sign that we’re seeing big box stores like Wal-Mart offering more organic options, it shows that people are being heard, and that we have power to change how things are done.

2014-02-15 15.03.17I didn’t like the look of a bunch of naked garden containers so I decided to cover them with patterned duct tape so they all match better.

I think when it comes to the counter containers made from milk cartons I’ll continue to use tape, but for the purposes of the hanging planters I’m going to try something else. The tape worked well for smoothing out the rough edges from where I cut the plastic bottles, but you could sand them too and avoid using tape.

I think it could also be neat to glue something around the edges of the planter with a hot glue gun. Maybe border, or some kind of decoration.  The first things that popped into my head were those shiny bedazzlements that I used on this project.  I love shiny stuff, good god it’s awesome. o.O


I found the easiest way to uniformly cover these bottles with tape is to do vertical strips that run from the bottom of the bottle to right where the cap starts.  Cut a slit in the center of each strip, right where the bottle starts to taper on both ends, this will make it easier to fold the tape around the changing shape of the bottle.

I’ve found that it’s good to keep adding tape until you have enough space left to use two more strips.  At this point you want to stop adding tape and cut out the hole for your where your plant is going to stick out.  After you have cut the hole for your plants, tape the rest of the bottle so the whole thing is covered.  Once all my bottles are taped, I started drilling the holes to feed my string through.

I drilled a hole on each end of the bottles for my rope to feed through and I drilled a few additional holes in the bottom of each planter except one.  The planter I saved from drilling will go on the bottom of the plant tower and catch the water that drips when I water the whole system.  In order to stabilize the planter I tied knots in the ropes at equal intervals so the bottles have a place to rest on while they are hanging.

Next time I think it would be cool to make the planters adjustable, by finding something to secure them on the rope.  I’m not sure what the best thing to use for that is, I’ll have to do more research.

dirtcupsOnce I had the planters and rope put together I filled the containers with aquarium gravel.  At this point you could plant seedlings directly into the gravel if you wanted to.  I don’t have any seedlings that are big enough to do this, so I decided to use the planters as a nursery for sprouting seeds.  I don’t want to mix dirt in with my gravel so, I’m using an egg carton that has had each of the individual chambers cut out.

The handy thing about sprouting seeds this way is that it’s pretty easy to move them around if you desire to.  This gives allows some freedom to experiment with what plants to group together for creating successful plant guilds.  Once the seedlings are ready to be transplanted all I have to do to prepare them is pop em’ out of the egg carton cups and rinse off the roots.  Some of the seedlings I’ll keep inside and grow year round in the planter, some of them I’ll transplant outside when it gets warmer.  

I’m pretty happy with how this project turned out I learned a lot and it was a ton of fun to do but, I think it can be even better.  Next time I want to utilize a full hydroponics system and incorporate a fish-tank into the design.   The planters will hang above the tank and a pump will circulate water up to the top-most planter and trickle it back down to the fish-tank.  Inside of the fish-tank I would like to grow cool looking fish and edible aquatic plants, I have to do a little more research on what works well for this kind of setup, but I’ll be doing more with this project in the very near future.    In the meantime I’ll be watching my plants grow.  Thanks for reading and if you have any tips you could send my way, I’d be much obliged.  🙂  Namaste.


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This is something I want to try, the ingredients look easy enough to track down.   I’m not a party animal and I don’t drink all that much (maybe once or twice a month) but there are enough things we encounter in day to day life that would make doing a liver cleanse a good idea.

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Some organic seed sources, including bulk seeds.

Listed below are a few places where you can find organic seeds on the internet.   I learned of the first three supply companies from a colorful video on you tube, which offers information on why buying bulk seeds is a great idea.

You can view that video here:


Main Street Seed and Supply…

The Seed Kingdom…

Johnny’s Selected Seeds

Buy Organic, Non-GMO, Non-Hybrid, Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Online |

The last link I found through the facebook group” Grow Food Not Lawns”.  I highly recommend adding them, as they are always posting really creative and useful information on a variety of garden related topics.



I’m gonna pretend the world ended in 2012, and rebuild.

You don’t need to have society reduced to rubble and ashes to start over.  We can start over at any moment we choose.  Nothing is true except the present, and the seasons.  I’m learning to flow better with the seasons, and live more in tune with the natural world around me.  You could say I’m becoming something of a Druid, learning to understand nature and everything she has to teach me.     Since we are in the season of reflection, I have been thinking a lot.  I have been looking at what I want to do in the world, and how to go about doing it.

After learning a lot through youtube and different facebook groups and pages all across the internet, I’m seeing a lot of those possibilities more clearly.  One thing I have learned is that to understand what you want,  first understand what you don’t want.  Well that part’s easy.  Just look at the world around us.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed at first by the sheer weight of all the “problems” the world has.  I put quotations on “problems”, because I think it’s actually just one problem, though it has many facets.

Let me explain, the biggest problem we face today, is ourselves.  More specifically, we don’t believe in ourselves.  We don’t believe we have the power to change things.  Well, I believe we do.  And I’m seeing it happen already!!!!   I want to be a part of that change, I want to help nurture and grow this idea that we can all make a difference.  The best way to do that is to start with myself I suppose, and share it with you so you might feel inspired to do the same. What are things I can do to change the world, right now?  Let’s explore some of these “problems”, and find the solutions that are already within our power.

One big issue we face today is directly tied to our food.  We are no longer eating things found in nature,  companies like Monsanto are creating franken-food, which has been banned in multiple countries because it has been shown to have very negative effects on our health and the health of the world.  Corporate farming is displacing animal habitats, it is poisoning the planet, and throwing off the delicate balance upon which everything depends.    The food we are eating is making us sick, and so we go to the doctor, and are given a pill which makes us even more sick, and broke.

We have been so disconnected from what we eat it’s insane, and because food is a vital necessary part to life, the fact we don’t have control of it is a very bad thing.  If the dollar were to collapse tomorrow, and suddenly your money was useless, what would people find valuable?  Gold?  Can you eat gold?  Nope, can’t eat gold.  Your best bet is food.  People will always have a vested interest in food.  Food is freedom.  The food they sell us now is shit, utter total garbage. The seeds from this kind of food are useless, they won’t sprout after the first season.  This crap is covered with chemicals that people can’t inhale and we’re eating it.  Go figure.

Let’s rip up 100 acres of nature so we can plant rows and rows and rows of genetically modified corn, then we’ll spray it with poison, and wonder why we’re all getting sick and all the animals are dying.  Never mind all of the useful things growing in that forest.  Never mind all the animals living in that forest.  The blatant dis-respect we show is astounding.  I think maybe nature has a better idea of how to do things.    What’s even funnier is the large amount of useful wild plants labeled as weeds.  Well they have roundup to take care of those.  Our agricultural system is all messed up.  If I were to walk around outside I could find in five minutes dandelion, cat-tails, plantain, wild-raspberries, burdock, nettles, and clover, just to name a few.  They all are either edible, or have medicinal qualities, or both.  And these are just a FEW of the things that we blindly, arrogantly consider weeds.

So we have this misguided notion of the natural world and what’s useful.  Someone please tell me why lawns are considered normal?  There is an awesome page on facebook called grow food, not lawns.  I suggest you check it out and see all the awesome alternatives to mowing your lawn.   Find ways to work with nature, not against it.

The whole thing is set up as one gigantic system with many arms designed to keep you in bondage.   You can’t see the chains, they are made out of fear and apathy.    They use everything in their power to keep us under control.  From fluoridating our water and killing our desire to fight for something better, to poisoning our food and making us sick, to polarizing us and keeping us fighting amongst ourselves, to downright denying our constitutional rights when people start to protest this system.  They are working very hard to make sure we don’t wake up.  Why is that?

Is it perhaps because they don’t have that much power when we wake up to our own potential.  Get angry.  You need to get angry.  You need to get angry because anger is better than apathy.   Make sure your anger is useful.  Use it as inspiration to get out there and do something about it, instead of falling into the trap of impotent rage.   I will be adding a lot of information and links in the future so you can see for yourself how badly we’re getting fucked, er I mean so you can educate yourself on what’s happening and why it needs to stop.

Still, you would think with all that oil, they could at least use some lube eh?  Pricks.  I kid, I kid, but no not really.    On the bright side, the right side, I will also be adding tons of material on how to stop the rape of our planet and it’s people.

There are options out there which will free you, me, and the planet from the poison tentacles of the corporate machine.  From simple things we can start doing right away, to things which might require more planning, teamwork and investment.

Growing your own food and herbs can save you money in the grocery store, grow enough food and you can start selling or trading it with others, get a bunch of family, friends and neighbors together and you can share your bounty and help each other.  Grow your community by growing food. If you live in an urban area, don’t get discouraged, there are lots of creative alternatives to a traditional garden that also account for space restrictions.   You can also look into joining a community garden.  I would also suggest starting community gardens.  This is something I want to start, and I’m really excited about it.  We have the resources, it’s go time!

If you don’t have a garden and can’t grow one, get your food organic from local sources.   It can be a little more expensive then the pseudo fruit at pick-a-slave, but it’ll save you thousands of dollars in medical bills down the road, and it will keep money in the local economy.  Money that will help friends and neighbors who are also struggling to get by.  Who needs the money more?  The 80 year old guy at the farmer’s market every Sunday, busting his ass to grow some peppers, or the corporate parasites who claim they own the world and have everything money can buy and then some?

It’s funny, while we are forced to live in an ugly grey “habitat” they created by destroying the real world, they get to enjoy the last bits of paradise left.  Why do we live in a grey world?  Because they tell us to?   Why do they tell us to?  Perhaps because color and beauty and curves and texture  are exciting, and calming, and inspiring all at the same time.    They don’t want you to feel those emotions, they want you to feel hopeless and apathetic.  They want you to feel like your sanctuary and peace comes from living in that stupid fucking box, surrounded by trinkets from walmart.  Just sit down in front of the TV, watch your “programs” (read: programming) and everything will be fine.  I refuse to buy into that bullshit system any longer.  Not when there’s something I can do about it.

I have access to greenhouses, land, and the tools I need to start making this a reality for me and the people close to me.  I’m planting my garden this year, I’m sharing the fruits of my labors with anyone who needs it.  I’m going to help people get set up to do the same.  I’m going to preserve that food when it comes time to harvest it, and share it with anyone who needs it.  I’m going to make the world around me more beautiful, more natural, more wild.

I’m going to find out the best ways to become self-sufficient and live in harmony with nature, and help others to do the same.  I’m going to plant flowers in unlikely places.   I’m going glorify trees.   I’m going to get my hands dirty and my armpits fucking sweaty, and fuck it, I might not shave em either.  Call me a dirty hippy and see if I care.  I’m going to shout out far and wide to anyone who will listen to me that this doesn’t have to be the world we live in.

Most importantly, I’m going to share my Journey with you, and invite you to join me.  We might start out small, even the mighty oak has to start out as an acorn.  The thing about the acorn is this, it knows it has the power to grow.  We should follow it’s example and wake up to our own strength and potential.

Opening up to the Magic

So, when I was a kid, I used to get terribly depressed.  I would see the big buildings and concrete, and highways, and gas guzzling monstrous vehicles, and all of these other dangerously gray aspects of society savagely devouring the green sacred spaces of the earth.  I felt like I had been born in the wrong time, that there was something horribly wrong with the world I was living in.  I had a deep feeling like there used to be a great magic here, the wild places and the ancient places were our connection to it.  Seeing these sacred places slowly being destroyed by a society which considered itself superior really bothered me.  Every time I would pass a housing development or a construction project I would feel slightly sick.  It all felt so alien and disconnected, unbalanced.    I felt sad that I couldn’t have been a part of the age of dragons and elves and dryads and magic, of towering ancient forests  and mythical landscapes.  I was told that these green places were just trees and rocks and didn’t mean anything.  I didn’t believe it then and I still don’t now.

The difference between what I believed then vs. now is this.  I now believe I have the power to change that system.  I believe we all do.   I believe we’ve been fed a bunch of bullshit and have been indoctrinated into a system set up on lies, deceit, and fear.   A system designed to disconnect us from our infinite nature and the world of magic.  A system designed to keep us from each other.

I was told that there never was this world of magic, that earth has always been a grey and mundane place!  I was told that all that existed was the material!   I, like you,  are blessed with a burning knowing deep inside, that there is something more.  We might not know exactly what it is, but that feeling drives the curiosity to inspire us to look and try and find out where and what “it” is.

My curiosity lead me to at first to a world of fantasy books many of which I still love today.   They were a much needed escape from the so-called reality imposed cruelly imposed on our world.  These books were also an invaluable aid in the search for anything that could confirm the existence of this “something more”, as fleeting and delicate as it appeared at times.   Though they were from the “fantasy” category, I knew some how, they contained within them something important, even if it was just a feeling of a fleeting memory.

I wanted to understand that feeling more and so I started to do more active research on different subjects.  To me, the harsh angular world of logic and science seemed to be too wrapped up in the very system that was destroying the magic around us.  Because of this resistance to left brain attitudes and ideas, my search started out with new age books and books on spirituality and magic.  I studied philosophies from different cultures, I studied different myths, and hunted for anything I could find that might explain what magic was, and how to  bring it back.

While I found magic and many of the rituals and magical artifacts interesting, for many years I was more interested in learning how to directly experience magic without the use of tools.  This lead me to psionics, and topics such as remote viewing, and then to quantum physics and sacred geometry.  I had come full circle back to the science I first shunned!

With YouTube I was able to discover the works of many people who were beautifully combining science and spirituality.  Man was suddenly a creator in this universe.  We were a part of everything in existence, we share a connection with infinity.   The world of magic is still strong, Elves are freaking real, angels are all over the place, you can live in tree houses and hobbit homes, you can have free energy, we can create a paradise on earth, we are a part of everything how fucking mind blowing, and awesome, and groovy is that!?

Since I first started this journey, I have seen very clearly this world of magic.    I’ve learned more about how to create this world of magic around us, and a lot of it has to do with how we think.    How can you possibly expect to live in a world of fairies and magic, when you’re surrounded by white walls and punch-clocks and creative sterility.  I want to help bring that world of magic, love, and creativity to everyone else.  I believe we have the power to create a magical world around us we have the power to live fully in tune with nature and experience every aspect of it.  I believe we have enough resources in this world for everyone, I believe we have enough magic for everyone, I would like to help make this the reality we all share.