The fascinating transformation from a tomato slice to a thriving seedling in this time-lapse. ???? pic.twitter.com/DkwvxQ3NPj
— Tansu YEGEN (@TansuYegen) September 19, 2023
Been saving this video clip as a Keep hope alive! reminder, and a weekend when much of the country is under a winter storm seemed like a good time to share it.
Also, an intriguing article from the Washington Post — “Indoor houseplants come with a cost to the planet. Here’s how to minimize it”:
There are plenty of benefits to raising indoor houseplants: They beautify your home or office, they have been correlated with lower levels of stress and anxiety, and they may slightly improve air quality.
But, ironically, greening indoor spaces can also come at an environmental cost. The trucks that transport plants spew carbon emissions, plastic pots and synthetic fertilizers are made from petroleum and the harvesting of soil components like peat can tear up slow-forming habitats.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t grow potted plants, according to Susan Pell, the director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. But she has a few tips for minimizing the environmental harm of indoor gardening…
Find plants locally
Before you order a trendy plant you spotted in an Instagram ad or even take a trip to your local nursery, take a moment to think about where those plants come from.
“A lot of major nursery suppliers are located in Florida and in California,” Pell said. Depending on where you live, that can be a long way for a plant to travel in the back of a truck — and a lot of carbon emitted along the way.
To save some money and carbon emissions, Pell suggests looking for local plant swaps or garden clubs in your area, which are often organized online or on social media sites. Other gardeners are often happy to give you cuttings of their own plants, which you can propagate and grow into plants of your own…