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Are you growing anything right now? Yay gardening!

I'm curious if any of you have a little mini garden (or, if you're lucky, a large garden!) going at the moment. :) I have four tomato plants that I've grown from seed (I see some blooms!), some oregano, a half eaten bush of catnip, and a small Anaheim pepper plant. I want to get more plants going, but since I live in an apartment with two nosy kitties, I do better keeping my plants outside. I just have a little porch outside that I can put my plants on. I still have room on it, but I figure it's best to not get carried away. ;) Oh, and post pictures if you have them!

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KentsOkay10 years ago
O God, don't even start on gardening with me.... Oh well, Tons of herbs and vegetables, annuals, perannuals, trees, roses, you name it, we've got it.
Does mold count ? There is a lot of that in the basement...
jessyratfink (author)  Goodhart9 years ago
Mold has to be one of the scariest things ever. :P
Yes, especially the so-called "black mold". That can adversely effect one's health in a number of ways. I don't think we have that kind, but it is still hard on our sinuses, etc.
my aunt and uncle has the wallpaper in their bathroom start to peel off, and realized the entire wall was nothing but black mold. they guess it was there before they moved in and the other people just covered it up. i know the sinuses bit too. when we lived in our old house, there was alot of mold, and i stayed sick. move in here, and i havent been to the doctor over being sick in 4 years.
Black mold, left too long, can cause almost everything from sinus infections to immune system dysfunction or mental degradation. Some of the more common offenders are: , Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Mucor, and Rhizopus.
i knew about the sinus infections and immune system problems, but i had no idea about the mental degradation. thats kind of scary...
Yeah, although more rare, it can cause a lot of damage, mostly dependent on the person and the amount of molds:

Health Problems Black Mold Can Cause:

  • Itchy Throat
  • Water Eyes
  • Headaches
  • Memory Loss
  • Irritated skin
  • Excessive Coughing
  • Excess mucus
  • Bleeding in the lungs
  • Mold in the bloodstream
  • Possible mild strokes
  • Fatigue
One example is Stachybotrys atra, a greenish–black mold often referred to as “toxic mold.” It grows on material with high cellulose content (e.g. drywall, wood, paper, dust). Stachybotrys becomes a problem when it emits mycotoxins (poisons) capable of producing toxic effects in humans and animals. Many Aspergillus species of molds also produce mycotoxins.

Some molds release volatile compounds into the air, producing an unpleasant odor. Scientists label these compounds “microbial volatile organic compounds” or “mVOCs” (Moisture Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, Environmental Protection Agency, March 2001). Exposure to mVOCs has been associated with headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
Mold: and its possible consequences
Airborne toxic mold spores can affect the immune system, nervous system, liver, kidneys, blood and cause brain damage.

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its a lion9 years ago
i was growing sage, garlic, rosemary, thyme, basil, chives, and green onions... but the drought killed them all off. and my poor parsley... i go out one day, and there were about 20 caterpillars on it and i had so little left i just let them eat it. it was the only thing that was doing well with no rain.
Brennn109 years ago
Raspberries, Raspberries, Raspberries!!!! I have a smoothie for breakfast every morning, and when I come home from school, I have a whole box full of them again! They are great for freezing too! I recommend that if you plan on eating them at a later date, try not to soak them in water instantly. This makes them start to grow mold. Wash them instantly if you plan on eating them that day.
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