Fibroadenoma:  Part Four

For the last couple of weeks. I’ve been super busy with work, garden planning, school, and health problems. At 1:36pm I submitted my final project for my business class. Woot Woot! 😀 And now I have a two-week break.

On November 20, 2015- I had a fibroadenoma surgery to remove a huge lump on my right side. Not even 3 months. I discovered I had another lump. I thought it was super weird that a lump grew so quickly.

So I made an appointment at the breast center. I got an ultrasound done. Guess what!? The radiologist told me that I had 2 lumps and they made sit up while getting ultrasound down. They found 3 more by accident. So in total, I have 5 lumps ranging from 1 to 2 cms in size.

I asked him again what causes fibroadenoma. He told me that just being a woman and having hormones might be the cause of it. The cause of  Fibroadenoma(s) is still unknown.

He recommended me to not get surgery. Just to keep an eye on it. And have an ultrasound every 6months. Or if I noticed any changes to make an appointment right away.  If I decided I to get surgery it will create a lot of scar tissue which can be bad and can affect my breast if I ever wanted to breastfeed.  Therefore I decided not to get surgery and just keep an eye on the fibroadenomas.

Another issue that I been having is that my wisdom teeth are giving me issues. Three years ago, my dentist warned me to get my wisdom teeth to remove, however, I ignored her. On (Feb 2016) I made an appointment with an oral surgeon, he told me that my upper wisdom teeth are out and the bottom ones are both impacted. Ouch!

The one of the right side has been causing me a lot of pain. I brought some Orajel -Severe Triple. And putting on the site of my impacted wisdom tooth and taking Advil.

The good thing is that I already made an appointment for Next Thursday to get all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed.  So I’m excited. Not!!! haha 🙂

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05/27/2015 -Flower Thursday

“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.” ~Walt Whitman

Happy Thursday 🙂

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DIY- Affordable Strawberry- Potato Tower.

Hey Everyone!  I decided to work a cool DIY project.  I decided to make a potato/strawberry towers. It’s super easy to make. It involves no digging or tilling. This was my first year doing a strawberry and a potato tower using the fence wire method.  I found this one method to be the easiest and the cheapest. For my supplies,  I only spend $40 dollar on the whole project. 🙂

Supplies:

  1. 3 to 4′ tall Wire fencing – something that is able to retain its form, use for many years.*I got mine at Lowes for a good price*

2. Wire cutters,

3. Some sort of twisty tie or pliable metal,

4.You could use straw, hay, newspaper, or weed fabric  – I prefer straw- less seeds and newspaper.

5.Compost – Good quality soil-   OR you can mix your own mixture of peat moss, compost, and perlite for good drainage. It will be cheaper in the long run.

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6. Decide on what vegetables/fruit, that  you would like to plant

For example – Potato seeds: 4-5lbs of potatoes, or 25-50 strawberry crowns.

7.Water/hose

8. Measuring tape.

9. Patience


Week prior to this- Go to the store and buy certified potato seeds. Make sure the potato are guaranteed to be disease free. Usually, potatoes need about 1-2 eyes per piece to grow successful. Cut the potatoes into pieces and it let it dry a min of 24 hours prior to planting. This will allow the seed to dry and avoid any rotting.

Like in my case. I got busy school and totally forgot about the seeds. Then two weeks later, I remember that I had potato seeds. I did notice that it grew a little bit of mold. This does not affect the seed anyway. I planted the seeds moldy and were able to grew into healthy plants.


Step 1-Use the wire cutters to cut out a section of the fence to create a cylinder container. Use a measuring tape  make sure it’s a least 2.5 to 3 ft in diameter.

Then you would use a piece of metal wire to tie the fence ends together.

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I place newspaper underneath just to keep everything nice and neat. and I also used landscape pin just to keep the towers stable. Make sure the towers in a sunny, flat spot.

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*Tip: Make sure the  Newspaper that you will be using is nontoxic ink-

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3.  The first layer. 

I use straw as the first layer to create a barrier from the inside of the tower to help keep all of the soil in and hopefully reduce the loss of water due to evaporation during those hot sunny days.

The first layer of straw I will use about 4-6 inches of straw. Then using the straw you will create a birds nest inside.  This will help reduce the loss of soil, and it will give it a place for the soil. to stay in.

Afterward, Shovel the soil inside the tower. Make sure it’s about 1 foot above the ground. This will allow the potatoes to develop nicely.

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Step 4:  Lay-down potato layer and water in… thoroughly!

Then lay the potatoes along with the outside of the bin. Make sure the eyes are pointing out. It could be right next to the straw layer.  Then cover with dirt and water.

Step 5:  Then repeat step 3-4 until you finish filling the tower. Each layer is about 1 foot. I used about 4-5lbs of potatoes.

Step 6: Once you reach the top. you can add another layer of potatoes on top. So it grows on top of the tower.

Step 7: Make sure to keep the tower watered.

The towers have to be moist from the top and bottom. I usually get the hose and place it on top and let it water ( low pressure) for about 15-20 mins each week. This will help it absorbed the water and keep it moist for about a week

Check your soil every 2-3 days especially during the summer. For this project, you have to make sure the soil is wet and not dry.


Step 8: “The Waiting Period.” 

In 7-14 days you will be seeing little potato sprouts shooting out on the side of the potato tower.

You will have a medusa tower within a months periods.

Step 9- Harvest.

At the end of summer/fall or once the potato plants have died, it is time to harvest!  Just tip the tower on its side and pick the potatoes.

I was able to get 30lbs of Russell potatoes in one tower.


If you want to try this method with strawberries. Just follow the same steps, but make sure the crown is pointing towards the straw and the roots are pointing in the middle.

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First time collecting Impatiens Seeds :3

This will be the first time I ever harvest impatiens seeds. I also learned a couple of things while doing it. Impatiens always produce pods after the flowers has been successfully pollinated. Afterwards the pod starts to forms. The only way to tell once the pod is ready to be harvest is that the pod has to look somewhat translucent. If its not, then its not ready yet. When its time to harvest, cut the stem of the pod or else the pod will open up quickly. If you put pressure the pod opens up and the seeds fly over 20 ft. I’m super excited for next year because instead of buying impatiens.  I could grow them for free. 😀

 

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The middle part of the flower is where the pod forms.

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Careful when you handle the pods. They will explode! xD TIP- Put all the impatiens seeds in a container, spreading the pods. Let them sit over night and once they get a little dry. You can manually open them. Without the pods exploding on you.

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The seeds are inside the spiral pod

 

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