Does any one know what might cause a plant to have significantly enlarged roots?  I just re-potted a spider plant that had been in the same pot for probably at least a couple years and found that it had a lot of roots, especially near the surface level of the soil, that were almost the size of your average baby carrot.  I’ve never seen it before!  The plant seems healthy; I only re-potted because it had gotten too tall and was toppling over.  What on earth is going on here?

Edit: I should add that the vast majority of the roots were totally normal, but in a plant that was in a pot of about 6” diameter, there were probably a dozen huge roots attached…

I believe spider plants form tubers/rhizomes. It’s totally normal! They form them to store water/energy (I believe). Plus, they do like to be pot-bound/root-bound.

as long as a plant is alive it continues to grow roots. the larger a plant is the more roots there will be and the larger the roots will be. if it was in a pot for years its probably just the comparison of the roots way back then to the roots now that has you concerned (considering there would be a large difference). as long as your plant seems healthy it probably isn’t something you need to worry about but i would make sure the pot you repotted it in is larger than the last one. it may run out of space for roots which  can cause a plant to uproot its self and that can end badly for the plant.

"We have a government that says it’s okay to eat Twinkies and Cocoa Puffs and Mountain Dew, but it’s illegal to drink raw milk and eat compost-grown tomatoes and Aunt Matilda’s pickles."

From sustainable farmer Joel Salatin. Quote captured by Amy Eddings on WNYC Culture blog. (via iontha)

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middle schoolers complaining about how stressful school is


Excuse you middle school may have been simpler in your time but these days it can be so brutal. Had you read three Steinbeck books by the time you were thirteen? Probably not.


holy shit… people think books and homework constitutes a hard life? for real? and they have the audacity to say it was simpler “in our time”.  hell. i wish the hardest thing in life was books and homework.

bit of advice: stop thinking life is hard for having the privileges that some people only dream of. and when you graduate and are released into the real world…. try not to panic cuz there’s a lot more than books out there 

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#gardeners on tumblr



started using this new hashtag and quite like it.  with all the gardening activities and knowledge on tumblr, it’s surprising this isn’t already in use.  

shall we start using this? reblog to spread the word.
I didn’t see this post until now. I will try to remember to use the tag!

soooo…. got wood butterfly…. didnt think it was real so i googled it. and my spirit companion is either this

or this


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