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First I only saw the title and was looking forward to the guide, so first I was disappointed, but it was funny in the end. Guess my looking for such a guide illustrates the point well.

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$ sudo plant grow --fast --needs-water=0
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i’m not really near the age to feel real burn out, but i just like plants cause they make me feel less alone. i live by my lonesome, so i like having some sort of reminder of life near me. at first, i had no idea what i was doing and some of my buddies would die, or have several very near-death experiences.

i’ve found that online guides and advice can only help so much. the real key is to actually give a shit. you get to know your plants well after you see how your watering schedule and sunlight exposure affects them. i suppose this is more for indoor plants, as i live in an apartment and don’t have much of a garden aside of my balcony.

another thing that helped was going to the nursery where i bought them at and talking to the workers. they are always very kind and offer really specific instructions for the species you’re buying. i’ve begun documenting things about each species: observations on water schedule and amount given, soil changes, repotting, sunlight exposure, etc. i also draw them, it’s like a weird scientific bullet journal. i can understand why anyone, especially a programmer, would get into this. it sort of feels like you’re emulating Darwin and his experiments.

i think people my age misconstrue what owning a plant is. i’ve seen a lot of other students at my uni utilize plants purely for aesthetic reasons. sure, that’s a thing, but plants are pets! it’s a serious thing to take care of a life! although plants are fairly autonomous, i think they require just as much thought, care, and patience as other domestic pets.

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Where would you suggest getting started as for guides. I haven’t done anything besides succulents which you pretty much just have to mist once a month.

i think you just experiment. you buy or gather seeds or vegetables, bury then in the ground and see what happens. some die and some survive. you figure out good technique along the way.

in sure you can take it very seriously but that wouldn’t be as fun.

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some resources i just dug out of my bookmarks (in order of how much i actually use them):

not a resource but this guy’s website is super cool, crazy gardening journey.

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There has been a plant craze in the recent years… many people see plants not merely as decoration, but as something like their babies, which seems crazy at first, but has become increasingly relatable. It gets real tricky when you gotta decide between taking care of your green nursery or travelling!

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Much less of a problem then pets though.

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Depends on the pet/the plant, but mostly true that

I went through the same emotional roller coaster

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And then you realize that plants run on DNA which is just biological programming. :(

Is that why the mRNA vaccine gives me 5G?

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Or, if you’re in Canada like me, the vaccines only give you 4G and sometimes even 3G with 5 gigs a month on a two-year $80/month contract that includes the purchase of a carrier vaccine locked phone from one of Telus Moderna’s stores.

No I’m not salty about our horrid telecom industry and the fact that the companies basically run the regulatory body, why do you ask?

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Allow me to introduce botany

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That looks great! My favorite is cbonsai!

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