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Become a Biodynamic Gardener, and grow your own. Learn about “the buddy system” and “companion plantings” as well as composting and crop rotation. Certain plants benefit by growing near other plants: tall crops can provide a canopy for shorter crops; leeks will repel carrot flies; include flowering herbs and perennials to attract beneficial insects. 

Illustration:  Genevieve Simms 

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Welcome to Earth Week on TED-Ed Tumblr! We’ll be sharing ways for you to be a more considerate resident of Planet Earth all week (that you can apply…all year!)

Nearly one third of our food ends up in the trash can. That’s an estimated 1.3 billion tons.  America alone spends an estimate 165 billion dollars a year managing food waste. We’re wasting food, energy, and money.

But there’s another way! More and more people, even city dwellers, are taking to composting - it saves on landfill space, betters air quality, and if you have a green thumb - provides you with free soil! One method is vermicomposting, and to learn more about that, you can watch the TED-Ed lesson Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste - Matthew Ross. But if worms aren’t your style, check out some simple DIY compost methods here and here and here.

Finally, if you simply have no space for soil, check out your local farm markets - chances are you can freeze your compost or keep it in a small countertop bin, and drop it off every week.

Love the Earth, and the Earth will love you back! Happy Earth Week!

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Composting in Witchcraft!

I was eating breakfast this morning, peeling my clementine and wrapping the peel around itself to resemble a rose, thinking about getting out to my garden to do some weeding, and I think I just had a really good idea: using compost as a part of the craft!

Green witches, hear me out! What about using your compost pile as a way to make offerings, “bury” spells, charge sigils, etc? Each item added has its own correspondence! The options are endless!

🌱Citrus peels to bring happiness
🌱Coffee grounds for success and motivation
🌱Egg shells for protection
🌱Sigils written on banana peels
🌱Food offerings wrapped in lettuce leaves
🌱Decaying plants to represent the cycle of life, death, and rebirth
🌱Herbal tea leaves for whichever correspondence you like!
🌱Using sun, moon, or crystal water to add intention
🌱 The actual process of composting helps charge sigils and cast your spells

This is something I am definitely going to have to play around with! Feel free to add your own ideas and correspondences! This is just what I’ve come up with off the top of my head, but I’d love to hear your input! 😊

Originally posted by butteryplanet