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introduction (selfie ec) 

I guess it's finally time. I'm Sig! I'm a 32-year-old trans guy (he/him) from the Boston area, currently living in North Ostrobothnia, Finland, with my spouse @Jonas, two cats, a boa and a bunch of plants.

Right now I spend most of my time learning Finnish, taking care of my pets, gardening, baking, bicycling, and enjoying nature. I also draw, but that's been kinda on and off lately. I've also been known to play a vidja game but don't tell anyone.

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sorry that a lot of my posts for at least the next 2 months are going to be "top surgery +++ [show more]" but you know how it is

death of a hero 

after all those years of living in fear
I stopped worrying about the bomb and the other shoe dropping
after all those years worried for my life
I started to enjoy myself

started to enjoy myself and the only ones who have suffered from it
are the creditors and the landlords
and you know what? fuck them

if they want an apology they can have it
for any inconvenience I might have caused
but the butterflies in my stomach have flown up through my throat
and learned to love the open air, the open air

sorry guys, sit down and have a drink but I'm not sorry

RIP jack terricloth

already planted out/growing: garlic (sown last fall), peas, broad beans

sown: onions, radishes, carrots, turnips, green lettuce, red lettuce, arugula, cabbages, red kuri squash, pumpkin

to sow: tomatoes, potatoes, spinach, rutabagas, tatsoi, beetroot

already sown a month ago and may not be any good for planting out because it’s still too cold at night and they’re stuck inside becoming Strange: more red kuri squash and pumpkin (it’s ok it was an experiment)

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no-longer-edible food 

composted the rest of my potatoes, which had gone bad in the storage room. sadly it's too cold out there and too warm in the house for them to stay good all winter.

I should have brought them inside once it got too cold and continued to use as many as I could before they started to sprout, but, executive dysfunction etc.

thankfully we managed to use or give away the majority of them (I brought several bags over to two of our nice neighbors over the fall and winter). out of about 50 kilos I grew that season, I estimate there were less than 10 left. which is still a lot of food to have to throw out, but at least they're not going to waste.

I'm really hoping I can get our root cellar into usable condition before next winter, but I already have a lot of handiwork on my list. we'll see. I'll just have to grow fewer potatoes if it comes to that.

ruminating on compost 

what's funny is that the compost with poor drainage that I got is probably considered "good" compost. it was certainly more expensive than what I normally get. there seems to be a widespread belief that the ideal compost consists of the tiniest possible bits, 100% humified, nothing recognizably woody whatsoever, and if you can't manage to make that happen by thermophilic processes, you should at least sift it.

this has been the opposite of my experience? the good stuff I mentioned is chunkier with little woody and fibrous bits. it's cheaper AND it works better; I grew lots of lovely veg with it last year without having to mix with anything. why make or buy "perfect" compost, only to have to buy other stuff like vermiculite, coconut fiber, peat, etc just to give it the drainage and root anchorage that the "imperfect" stuff already has?

I mean, there are reasons, but none relevant to anything I've done so far, and yet doing it this way is sometimes seen as default

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there's more vermiculite in these than I'd normally bother using (I usually don't use any tbh), but my homemade compost is frozen solid, the garden center doesn't have the good stuff in yet, and the only potting compost I was able to find has just astonishingly poor drainage.

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after some thinning and repotting, here’s this season’s gourd roster: two pumpkins (first and second from bottom left) and six red kuri squash. I love them so much

I hope I can pull this off! gourds are challenging in finland. they're famously un-frost-tolerant, so if the fruits haven't finished by first frost (usually in september here) it's all over.

plus it takes about 90 days from the time they start flowering for the fruits to mature, which is like... almost the whole growing season here. they basically need to be close to full size and almost ready to flower by the time everything else is just starting to get going.

so yeah, tricky. starting them inside with lights is pretty much mandatory and I'm gonna be building a little polytunnel to move them to after the last frost, which might not be for two more months.

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bottom left and bottom middle are pumpkins. not sure what kind exactly, just seeds I saved from a nice big pumpkin I got last fall. the rest are red kuri squash!

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re: talkin about spiders (no pics) 

the other spider lived in a little fist-sized cobweb right next to the water.

this spider was even tinier; I could have easily never noticed it if I hadn't spent so much time gazing at that particular spot from my hammock (which hangs from two spruces growing right at the shoreline). even then I could have just forgotten about it rather than checking to see if the same spider was still there from day to day.

it stayed there pretty much all summer. eventually a second spider showed up, a little guy with a smaller abdomen, a male. they danced around for a couple days, then he was gone, and for a while she stayed there, abdomen getting fatter and fatter, until one day she was gone too.

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talkin about spiders (no pics) 

while spending all those hours down by the river last summer, I became personally acquainted with two tiny spiders. one had a little web in the umbel of a tall apiaceous plant of some sort – some species of Angelica, I think. it was a beautiful big plant, a standout among the sun-dappled growth, always looking proud and significant. if you saw this plant in a videogame you'd try to interact with it. it was a proud perch for this spider, who did really well there, its web always full.

the plant was right next to my path down to my hangout spot, about chest height, and I greeted the little spider whenever I went down there. it was there for a few weeks then disappeared, its web gradually breaking apart as the plant's spherical puffs of white flowers started going to seed. I don't know if maybe a bird got it (its home being so high and prominent) or maybe it went off to find a mate, but it sure seemed like a fat and happy lil guy for a while there.

hey, I'm still here, haven't had social energy lately for anything more than dinking around on minecraft with a handful of people each doing their own thing in near silence

shitpost, dicks, nsfw 

drew a dick on the whiteboard. jonas named it Scrungle and labeled it accordingly

I'd like to thank past me for filling up the big chest in the mudroom with firewood so I don't have to keep going out to the woodshed in the snow with an ikea bag

I'm making spaghetti bolognese on the woodstove and I've only set off the fire alarm a little bit

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