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!
If you’re serious about balcony gardening, or container gardening in general, I think you should perform worm transplantations. The occasional worm gets in with planting material of course, but the soil in containers and pots is usually pretty dead as far as larger animals are concerned. Certainly worms, which can’t climb up multiple stories of a building to get to your balcony, will not often be present in great numbers.
We all know the benefit of worms: they aerate the soil, eat dead material and deliver it back to the soil in the form of fertile castings. If, like me, you don’t want to change the soil of your containers every year, worms are essential in making fertilising your soil easy to do.
You can buy them at a worm farm of, but a kilo may be a bit to much if you only want them to live in some containers or pots. Also price wise, collecting the worms yourself is a better option. To do this, you need to know someone with a garden. Go there, turn over logs, look under paving slabs or water the soil, then put moist cardboard on top. You’ll find worms by the dozens, all for free and easy to pick up. I also included some woodlice, for the odd bit of wood I may have lying around.
If the person with garden you know doesn’t want you to turn over logs and look under pavers, you may want to reconsider your friendship.
Of course, not all worms are created equal. Some live deep down in the earth while others prefer compost heaps and the top layer of the soil. I’d recommend you to only take those that live in the top layer or the compost heap, as they are the ones that munch on the dead plant materials.
When plants grow, they use nutrients from the soil, so you need to feed the soil to keep up with the growing needs of the plants, no matter if there are worms in it or not. If you take parts of the plant to eat, like fruit, leaves or roots, you use some of the nutrients from the soil to sustain your body. Other nutrients from the plants are sadly lost as ‘human waste’ in the largest waste of resources the earth is currently experiencing: sewage.
As people who don’t even have a garden probably don’t have the means of composting their own humanure (the worms don’t eat fast enough to keep up with your production!), the next best option is to buy pelleted manure to feed your soil with. Also add nails and hairs you loose or cut off, combined with old plant materials your balcony- or container garden produces, as well as kitchen waste.
Especially the manure, but also the scraps and body parts, should contain the trace elements your plants need. If you can get your hands on it, garden compost (made by a gardener, not bought in an anonymous sack you don’t know the origin of) could also give you these needed elements, maybe even in greater abundance than manure.
Balcony gardening is limiting the possibilities will be great still. Certainly if you enlist the help of the rest of the animal kingdom.
Let's live! PSA! This is very important! This is not a drill!!
See this post? Great!! To people around this world :
A. Please plant daisies, sunflowers, bamboo(I don’t know if water bamboo help), amaranthus, cockcomb, field mustard, marijuana(rumored to be eating away nuclear waste), ocimum sanctum, adiantum, aloe vera, rubber plant, asparagus, ivy, cactus, chlorophytum, clivia, monstera, pachira, snake plant, cactus, narcisscuss, spider plant. For water or river please plants or farms : Water Hyacinth, grass, reeds, sorghum, irises, willow, grass type shoreline plants, water lilies, etc (maybe your native plants help!).
Those plants can absorb radiation, nuclear radiation(from sunflowers-pachira), phone radiation, absorb carbondioxide and release oxygens and keep water under the ground, filter soil, air and water ofc. I really recommend all of you to plant as much as you can in open green space (example: Forest, street park, park, etc), indoors, outdoors, house garden. It is for your own benefits and others also living things. You can give these plants recommendation for ‘decorated parks for tourism and city aesthetic’ thing.
B. If you have house in the city or suburbs. Please dig hole for bunkers or hiding place. Observe the soil advantages and disadvantages, law (make legal proposal or organized movement to urge mayor to make some in your area), completely covered thick wall (52 inch or more). Make it as mold and leak free as you can. This is my own idea If it is possible dig lowerer ground for making designed water turbine underground room and with pipes that will make water run between turbines to keep electricity on.
Please don’t forget to store water bottles or tanks/huge container enough for all , food like snacks or canned food, can openers, plants seeds to be planted once the soil is all healed or already grown plants are more than ok, ph meter, iodine, DIY or purchased water and air filter, flash light, AA/AAA batteries, oxygen tanks, knife, guns+bullets, crossbow, rope, anti radiation mask, aspirin, basic medicine kit, bandages, honey, penicillin, packed tents for all people or atleast 4 people each to live outside, inflatable boats for escape, hiking kits, baby milk (if there are babies ofc), helmet for protection. Bunk beds made from iron or steel structure(not the bed ofc) also what I think as necessary for if the roof crashed down there are plenty room under the 2nd or and 3rd bunk beds. Keep 4-5 huge capacity powerbanks for phone, accu or generator if you can. Electricity is vital. Bring matchsticks and candles too. Glow and the dark stick and paint is good for keeping things viewable if all electricity is failing or to make tracks for escape so others can follow. We all human here and we just want to survive.
Also yeah make other room for eatable or non eatable animals too. For avoid extinction.
Once again, this is just my idea as unexperienced person. If possible, Make route for underground well shuttered garage or basement for cars or motorcycle, don’t forget to keep mechanics tools, type of fuels. It will be easier to relocate everyone to somewhere else safe. School bus might be good too..since it fits lots of people. Just modified the cars ok, you all smarter than me. Keep vehicles few by few each day before ultimatum or types of declaration of war into underground to avoid sudden traffic and mass death on nuclear outbreak day or months.
For more eco friendly type solution, make water catcher, biopori, worm compost, organic compost to fertilized and enriching soil to make plants growth even faster! If you live in cold area just make green house!! Or underground farm! Keep updated with plants technology to make things more efficient and fast!
We, the ordinary citizen of the world can only do this much for helping humanity to keep on living. (I know this from various sites (still on 1st google page anyway)). I am as inexperienced as some of you are.
I hope all of us the good non radical/extremist thoughts people in this world can survive and invent new moral based ideologies and countries types that improve humanity and united us all, new practice, new culture, countries from aircraft carrier, artificial land or empty lands, etc. I believe countries should stand to protect the people, not the reverse. If the people change so is the country have to, everything keep changing and we should break old no longer fits for society kind agreements and make new agreements, treaties, alliances and many else.
“Bury down history’s ego , make the best in present time, hope and suit ourselves for the future. ”
I am a bit of anxious like stay alert without my will most of my time and I might overdid this please forgive me. Go ahead improve this post, print it, make it as proposal content, just anything really.
17 bunnyribbit w/ efi and the three omnic characters please
Hoo boy that’s a lot of characters! But this prompt is really cute so I’m gonna do it!
Efi was perched on Orisa’s shoulders as D.Va and Lúcio gave the grand tour of the Watchpoint.
“So this is the launch tower,” said Lúcio, gesturing upward, “We don’t use it all that often, but there’s a really great view from the maintenance platforms.”
“I still can’t believe Winston won’t let me launch my MEKA into the stratosphere,” said D.Va, putting her hands on her hips. She turned on her heel to face Orisa and Efi, “Welp! That’s about it for the tour! As you can see the Watchpoint’s totally safe!”
“My neural mapping indicates that there is a section of the watchpoint that has not been covered in this tour,” she said, folding her arms.
D.Va and Lúcio exchanged glances, “Well… we just gave you the tour we got when we first got here,” said Lúcio, “It should have covered everything.”
“Not everything,” said Orisa, turning around and walking off with Efi protesting atop her shoulders.
“Orisa, you can’t just walk away, that’s rude!” Efi folded her arms and pouted.
“Your safety is my primary concern,” said Orisa, “We must investigate this area to be sure that this Watchpoint is indeed safe.”
Lúcio and D.Va quickly followed after Orisa and Efi as they headed off around the main hangar of the watchpoint to a fenced-off area. One area of the fence however, was flattened.
“Huh,” said D.Va as Orisa walked over the flattened point in the fence. She stepped over the flattened chain-link as well and took a few steps into a heavily grassy and overgrown sunlit area that received a nice breeze off the sea despite being further inland than most of the watchpoint. There was a small fence lining what must have been a garden at some point, with rusted and oxidized solar panels and a dilapidated greenhouse. Lining the area were several overgrown citrus trees, their branches groaning with fruit.
Lúcio whistled behind D.Va. “Man, Winston’s been holding out on us.”
Sifting worm compost, a garden chore I’ve put off far too long. All the stuff too big for the ¼" screen - avocado pits, eggshells, twigs - is going into the bottom of the hot compost bin for another round of breaking down. The Ecology Action compost method puts all the big sticks at the bottom of the pile, so I thought I’d give it a try.
Yo, so I have 2 questions: 1. When you write down conversations you have with H, what is it like? Your thoughts that your think he put into your head, your thoughts but they feel like they didn't come from you, thoughts in your head but they have a different "thought-voice" or you actually hear stuff as if it were sound? 2. What's the deal with getting rid of offerings? I know the kemetics consume offerings afterwards, and I don't want to waste food, so is that legit?
Hey there, thanks for the questions! ♥️
My chats with Hermes are telepathic with occasional imagery. (Oh Gods, sometimes the imagery is the worst! He is super TMI!!!!) No voices or anything like that, though each person is different and can experience clairvoyance in different ways.
The thoughts don’t feel like my own; Hermes has his own energy as opposed to my Dad or grandmother, who are way more subtle. Once I channeled someone who had such a thick Spanish accent that it came through her energy. All of them occasionally use words that are not in my everyday vocabulary.
When it comes to food offerings, I feel like you should do what makes you comfortable! It’s okay to alter the Hellenic traditions to fit your modern lifestyle!
Like me, I’m vegan and I don’t like to waste food. I prefer to offer whatever I’m eating and consume it myself. When it comes to ancestors or deities I’m close to, I’ll allow them to “taste” the food through me. In my experience Aphrodite goes absolutely nuts when I dedicate chocolates to Her by eating them, I can feel the intensity burning my tastebuds.
I have one exception, though. I’ve learned that when making offerings to deities of the Underworld, it’s considered rude to taste or consume the offering. So when honoring Hades and Persephone, I place the offering in my compost pile. The worms break it down in Their honor, nothing’s wasted and I don’t have anything to clean up! Win/win/win!
Tips for seed starting: Never let the soil dry out. Moisten the soil mix thoroughly before sowing, mix it well to distribute moisture evenly, and be sure it doesn’t dry out afterwards. The water should be at least room temperature. It is advisable to allow any chlorinated water to stand for a day to allow the chlorine to dissipate. Most gardening authorities will recommend soil-less seed starting mixtures. Soil-less seed mixes are sterile and are formulated to retain water, allow air penetration, and maintain a low pH (6.0). All things most seeds prefer. Soil-less mixes are totally free of any nutrients and that is okay because seeds contain all the nutrients they will need to get started. But after they are up and growing, you have to feed them with a liquid fertilizer. Which is expensive and can burn the new seedlings. So I add in organic fertilizers like compost and worm castings to my mix. I like that the nutrients are released slowly, there are natural organisms that get the plants off to the right start and the mix seems to hold moisture better.