Plants love starch, so if u have cooked pasta or boiled potatoes save the water, let it cool and give it to ur plants. DO NOT GIVE THEM BOILING WATER THEY WILL DIE, I REPEAT THEY WILL DIE. I add a bowl under the pot with the holes (I forgot the name of it but you know what i mean). Then I put it in the refrigerator to cool and water my plants with it once its cold.
Plants loves coffee grounds. My friend gave her aloe plant coffee grounds and it grew like crazy.
Eggshells are a natural fertilizer. Wash out the slimy stuff from the eggshell and then ground it up into a fine powder, you'll know its ready when it look like fresh crack you can snort (please dont snort the eggshells). You can use a food processor if that helps. Sprinkle the powder on the soil.
Banana peels are a natural fertilizer too. Sun dry the banana peel, you can cut it up into smaller pieces for it to dry quicker. Its ready when its looks like bethany's heat damaged hair: crunchy. When the peels are crunchy, crush it up into a powder. Sprinkle the powder on your soil.
Talk to your plants. It actually helps them grow. Talk to them bout random shit, my plants are literally my therapist.
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you’ve heard of animal crossing pads
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i learned that chemists have developed two plant-based plastic alternatives to the current fossil fuel made plastics. Using chemical recycling instead of mechanical recycling, 96% of the initial material can be recovered (x)
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The Lexicon Launches an International Storytelling Initiative to Share the Story of Biodiversity Around the Globe
The Lexicon Launches an International Storytelling Initiative to Share the Story of Biodiversity Around the Globe
Petaluma, CA — The Lexicon, a North America-based NGO that creates collective impact campaigns to address food system challenges, announces “Reawakened Foods” an international storytelling initiative, in partnership with the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT.
Over 30,000+ edible plants can support global diets, yet over half the world’s plant-based nutrition comes from just three…
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How things are gonna be:
House on the coast surrounded by trees
Closest town is 2-2.5 miles away
Live with lover and our animals
Lots of land for gardening and goats and chickens (specifically the cute goats with the floppy ears)
Make handmade bath products, teas, baked goods, and art
Watch the sun rise on the roof
Make the roof have grass on it
Little dock with a little wooden boat
Stained glass windows would be n e a t
Befriend all the nearby crows
Friends who will join me in adventures for forageable things on my land and have picnics and play dungeons and dragons
Sell my goods at the local farmers market while playing my uke to entertain the people
Give uke, clarinet lessons to kids
Art studio with a kiln pls
L I B R A R Y
Lots of windows to let the sun in
Get energy from wind on the sea
Would be superb to have a lil grotto to explore
Feel free to add!!!!!
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first garden haul of 2020! this year’s highlights include carrots, beets, onions, and blackberries. the kale kinda got picked apart by caterpillars and the squashes are not all quite ready for harvest yet
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5 Little Sustainable Actions
Are you thinking about making some changes to your daily life to become more sustainable? Have you already made some swaps but aren’t sure where to go next? Here’s a few things I’ve done to reduce my personal impact:
1. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush. This was possibly the easiest switch I made and required little to no thought or change in habit other than buying the toothbrushes in the first place. Some sites that sell zero-waste products sell them in bulk, which is a great way to both save money and know that you’re stocked up for the future. I’ve found packs of ten (10) here and here that often go on sale and are reasonably priced to begin with.
2. Clean out your emails. This might sound like it doesn’t have much to do with sustainability, but it does! Every bit of digital information we keep uses up energy to store, including every email touting the latest sale at our favorite stores. If you have five minutes, instead of scrolling through social media, try deleting some of those unread messages from three years ago. If you’d like to learn more about this, there’s a great post on the subject here.
3. Go through your storage. When thrifting is brought up, a lot of times the emphasis is put on clothing, but many other useful items can be obtained through thrifting! However, the items can only get on second-hand shelves from generous donors or consignment. Many of us have closets and shelves overflowing with clothes we don’t wear anymore, decorations we don’t look at, or old gifts we never liked in the first place but didn’t have the heart or time to take back to the store. Try going through one shelf or one small area and seeing what can be removed. If you can’t remember the last time something was even looked at, maybe consider donating or selling it so someone else can put it to use.
4. Visit a local farmer’s market. If you like fruits and vegetables, consider paying a visit to a farmer’s market for in-season produce. These foods are going to be fresher and grown more locally than those at the grocery store, and the money spent on them will go right back into the local community rather than a CEO’s pocket. If the person who grew your produce is also the one selling it to you, this can also serve as a wealth of information if you’re thinking about growing your own food and haven’t before. Besides this, locally grown produce tends to taste better than what’s stocked at the store.
5. Unplug devices when not in use. Back on the subject of energy consumption, some devices use electricity even when shut off. If you don’t use something daily or even weekly, consider pulling the plug until you need it again or keeping on a power strip that can be easily turned on and off when not in use. Not only does this save electricity, but also cuts down on unnecessary heating. For ideas of what to unplug and how to find out what’s using excess energy, there’s a lovely post here.
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“How do we build solidarity?”
Chat with people. Get to know them. Care about them. Show through your actions that you’re a trustworthy, reliable, respectful person. You don’t have to be BFFs with them, and they don’t have to be BFFs with you. Keeping things on a casual basis is more than fine.
Yeah there’s more to it, but this is the foundation.
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So a washing machine uses a fuck ton of unnecessary water and electricity. Throw in a drier and our carbon footprint grows a ton. But although it takes a little more effort to clean the laundry in a more sustainable way, the earth pays a hell of a lot more than we do for our “convenience”. Plus with rising water prices (seriously, check your utility bills the price is building up), these are good options to look at anyway.
1) Get the most out of each piece of clothing!
Unless you sweat a lot that day or were straight-up rolling in mud, t-shirts can be worn two or three days before needing to be washed. The same pair of jeans can be worn for three to five days depending. Obviously, don’t use this trick for underclothes or socks, but anything else can be still give you more use before it actually needs cleaned.
2) Make sure you’re washing full loads!
If you’re running the washing machine every couple days, you most likely aren’t washing a full load of laundry. Hold out on washing until you have enough clothing to reach the max limit of clothes per wash. That’s a full load. It’ll also cut back on how many loads you have to wash since it will use up the same amount of water and electricity regardless of if you throw in two outfits or eight.
3) Only use cold water!
The statement that hot water makes your clothes cleaner is just a myth. They get clean regardless, delicate clothes require cold water anyway, and it will save you a solid chunk of change on your electric bill (or gas if your water heater runs on that instead).
4) Try your hand at handwashing!
This one takes a little more time and effort, but it feels super satisfying when complete! It also has the added bonus of keeping you aware and mindful of the waste you produce. There are tons of different ways to handwash with various results, but personally I think using a plunging method and a couple five gallon buckets works just fine. Even if you don’t want to take the time to wash the clothes by hand, you can still save yourself some money by drying them on a line instead of in the drier.
5) Create your own laundry soap!
This is honestly super easy and way cheaper and more eco-friendly to make yourself rather than purchase. The main ingredient of laundry soap is washing soda. The back of the box might make it sound complicated, but you can make it at home by pouring a half-inch thick layer of baking soda onto a cookie sheet and slipping it into the oven (425℉) for a couple hours. When the baking soda hits a temperature of 400℉, its texture changes to a slightly grainier and a bit softer feeling and it becomes washing soda. Once you’ve got a cup of washing soda, the rest is pretty simple.
Start by grating a bar of soap into a large bowl. Mix in a cup of washing soda, a cup of baking soda, a cup of fine-grain salt, and whatever your favorite essential oil is. Mixing is usually easier with a food processor, but since I don’t have one I just mix with my hands or a spoon until its a fine powder. And that’s it! Store it in an airtight container (about 6 months shelf-life) and throw a tablespoon or two into the wash with your clothes when your need it.
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Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa (MUSAN)
Location: Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Depth: 8 – 10 m
Installation Date: 2021
MUSAN is an underwater forest, the first of its kind in the world. Consisting of over 93 artworks some of which are in the form of trees, others which are figurative in nature.
Marine life in the Mediterranean Sea has been seriously depleted over the last 20 years. The area in which the museum will be sited is currently a barren stretch of sand within a marine protected area. The sculptural forest made from inert pH neutral materials will attract a wide variety of marine flora and fauna. It will be sited within 200m of the Aiya Napa coastline and be accessible to both divers and snorkellers.
The artworks, in particular those which represent trees, are designed to attract marine life on a large scale and as such will develop organically. These installations will be placed at various depths from the sea floor to its surface and will be laid out to resemble a path through a dense underwater forest. Some of the tree forms will float just beneath the surface so that the whole structure provides a complex environment for marine life at all levels.
Among the sculpted trees children can be seen playing. They remind us of our need for the natural world as a place to explore, discover and fire our imaginations. Over the last 50 years children have become more excluded from the wild places that once existed. The forest children, camera in hand as they play hide-and-seek in the woods, point their lenses at the human race. They hope for a future in which the mystery and magic of nature will return. The need to re-wild our oceans is as pressing as the need to re-establish our connection to the natural world.
All of de Caires Taylor’s works are part of an eco-art movement in which the artwork interacts with its surroundings and evolves in unpredictable ways. There is no final product, but an ever-changing seascape. Eventually the work of nature will supplant the work of the artist. The sculpted trees and the children that play amongst them will be consumed and colonised by marine biomass, providing food and shelter for a variety of creatures but importably reminding us that we are natural ourselves.
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Urban Gardening 101: White Fuzz on Seed Starts
Topic: White fuzz on potting soil with new seeds.
Tl;Dr at the end!
So, you’ve started growing plants from seed: that’s great! Growing a plant from a tiny little seed is an incredible experience, and it saves a lot of money too. But at some point, if you haven’t already, you might notice some white fuzz growing on your seeds and/or seedlings. What is it, and what should you do about it?
Simply put, that white fuzz on your seedlings is a fungus. Fortunately, it’s very common and even easier to deal with. It’s easy to get discouraged as a new gardener, but I assure you, every indoor gardener has dealt with this before. It’s really common amongst new gardeners, and even seasoned gardeners still occasionally have their issues with it! So don’t get down on yourself! However, this is a sign that something in your plant care routine needs to change. Otherwise, they’re at risk for developing something known as damping-off disease, which will kill your new plants. But like I said, it’s easy to treat and prevent!
First and foremost, you’re gonna wanna remove the fungus from the pot. Just take a toothpick or something and scrape it off. It helps in the long run. You don’t have to get all of it, but it makes the pot look nicer and it helps minimize spreading.
Overwatering, poor drainage, and poor ventilation are the most common causes of white fungus.
Let’s talk about poor ventilation first, because it’s what I’m most guilty of. Most people, like myself, will use something like saranwrap or a plastic bag to cover their plants and speed up the germination process. It’s the same science that goes into a greenhouse, really. However, this also provides the conditions necessary to manifest fungus. So, how do you get the benefits without the drawbacks? Easy! For an hour or two every few days, take the bag/wrap off of your plants and let it breath. I’ll also play some music during this time and call it a ‘plant rec day.’ Classical music has been shown to improve yield, after all! Plus it just makes a nice atmostphere.
Now let’s talk about overwatering. It’s commonly known that fungus (and mold) love to grow in dark, damp areas. So really, the same thing applies here! Make sure you’re not watering your plant too much. Simple as that, honestly. Check the top of the soil with your finger and test how dry it is. When in doubt, look up the watering needs of the seed you’re trying to germinate.
The last big thing is poor drainage. You’ve probably heard a lot of gardeners talk about this one, and for good reason. A lot of cute, glazed pots lack a crucial feature: a drainage hole. And unfortunately, this makes it really hard for some plants to thrive! If possible, you should try and get a good terracotta pot with a drainage hole to avoid growing fungus with your plants. Or, start your seeds in some plastic germination trays. But be aware that the threat of damping-off disease lingers, even after your seeds have sprouted! When possible, try and find well-draining pots.
And finally, my favorite tip. After scraping off your fungus and taking all your preventative measures... put some cinnamon on the affected areas! Cinnamon is a great anti-fungal, and will help prevent any returns.
Thank you for reading! May you succeed in all of your growing endeavors!
Tl;Dr: Scrape off the fungus and sprinkle some cinnamon on the affected areas. Make sure you’re not overwatering by testing the soil before you water. Give your plant an hour or two of air once every few days. Make sure your pot has good drainage!
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Mai Moxi in Space Jam inspired outfit by @friskmegood
Stylist: St. Arrison Le’Moyne
VIVRANT EP Coming Soon
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Conventional Monoculture VS Holistic Polyculture
Illustration by Vincent Mahé, for the book “Demain”, by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent
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scrap paper gift wrap
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The majority of waste that goes to landfill is organic matter, most of which can be composted at home! Pretty much everyone knows what they can compost food wise, but these items are ones you might not consider. These items are commonly made of paper and cardboard that is the carbon aspect of what needs to go in your compost. I would be wary of a couple items though that are on this; butter wrappers can be made of a mixed material that includes plastic so make sure they are made of wax paper if you want to compost them. Similarly not all tea bags are made of paper. Typically you can subject them to a tear test to see if they’re really made out of paper. Glad to give a little reminder to what else can go into the compost pile to divert some waste out of the landfill!
infographic from the wildminimalist on instagram
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Baby Bok Choi and green onions grown from scraps :) I’m gonna plant them once a get a container 🪴
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“We can grow a better world” test print and stencil. March 2021
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The Solar Power
#Solarpower has a much lesser environmental impact than conventional power-producing systems. The greatest impact is on the production and supply of the specific minerals and metals needed to manufacture solar panels. The position of the solar panels, as well as the water required to clean them, have an impact on the ecosystem. We're putting forth a lot of effort to find new ways to clean our solar panels.
When solar panels are used to generate power, no greenhouse gas emissions are emitted into the atmosphere. Solar power is an important energy source in the transition to clean energy production because the sun delivers more energy than we'll ever need.
It is said that the sun produces more than enough energy to meet the entire world's energy needs, yet unlike fossil fuels, it will never run out. Solar power's main constraint as a renewable energy source is our capacity to convert sunlight into electricity in an efficient and cost-effective manner. More of these environmentally friendly facts could be found in this article. Check disclaimer on profile and landing page.
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