For someone living their whole life in space, never going planetside, the entire concept of dirt would be unimaginably gross. We don’t even think about it other than a quick washing of hands here and there, but just picture it from a foreign perspective.
Spacer: “What’s dirt made of, again?”
Earthling: “Lots of things! Rock dust for one, and a lot of plants that dried up and fell apart.”
Spacer: “Unpleasant, but okay.”
Earthling: “And other plants that got rotten and moldy, and decomposed.”
Space: “Less okay.”
Earthling: “And the dead bugs and other animals.”
Earthling: “Sure, anything that didn’t get eaten. Oh, and a lot that did! How could I forget about the poop?”
Spacer: “You can stop now.”
Earthling: “No, any garden dirt is going to be largely manure! Once the poop isn’t fresh anymore, it’s great for helping plants grow.”
Spacer: “And this is the stuff you have stuck in your boot treads every time you come back from visiting home??”
Earthling: “Sure. It washes off.”
Spacer: *reaching for hand sanitizer and religious symbols* “Go have your boots run through the contagion chamber in the medical ward. Those are a biohazard.”
Earthling: *laughing* “It’s just dirt!”
(Now that I think about it, the immune systems of people in sanitized space stations might not be as good as those of people raised with good clean dirt.)
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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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Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) English writer and churchman
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I've really been thinking about ground and soil and dirt a lot this year, [. . .] I'm realizing I'm more tied to this actual ground, this actual part of the world. Just feeling personally connected to this idea---this 'dust to dust' kind of thing.
Sara Watkins, from “Sara Watkins: Reviving Her Roots” by Kira Grunenberg, American Songwriter (vol. 36, no. 3, March / April 2021)
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Two factors that play a key role in climate change—increased climate warming and elevated ozone levels—appear to have detrimental effects on soybean plant roots, their relationship with symbiotic microorganisms in the soil and the ways the plants sequester carbon.
The results, published in the July 9 edition of Science Advances, show few changes to the plant shoots aboveground but some distressing results underground, including an increased inability to hold carbon that instead gets released into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas.
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