To own a heated propagator is to steal spring’s best hand and play it out in winter, to trick seeds deep in dormancy into thinking the weather outside is not furious and fierce because the soil inside is deliciously warm, and the air is moist. Germination is fast if soil is a constant temperature. It’s fairly easy to achieve this in the day by starting seeds off on a windowsill or somewhere sunny indoors, but even indoors, the temperature will drop considerably at night.
Outside a tiny shop on the way to one of Kyoto’s most famous temple gardens, I saw a tiny tree. A bonsai pine, perhaps 20cm high, sat on a pretty ceramic saucer, its root ball wrapped in moss. It was perfect. Kokedama is a form of bonsai. It does away with the pot and instead wraps the roots of the plant in soil and moss, the whole thing tied together with nylon fishing wire or waxed cotton string, so the roots resemble a ball. It has become hipster heaven, thanks in no small measure to Instagram.
I am a seed catalogue junkie. I used to go to bed with my favourites and highlight all my desires, even though I don’t have space for even half of them. These days, however, when you can order online, print versions seem a waste of paper.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".