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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!

Animation by Cinematic Sweden

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 

Last year I bought some melons at my local farmers market in San Francisco. They were about the size of a softball, had light green fruit, and were the sweetest melons I’ve ever tasted. I have no idea what kind they were, but I saved some of the seeds, we’ve planted them and I’m really hoping they make it in the garden. Fingers crossed for sweet melon goodness come August/September from Opa’s Garden!