Forest Turning to Desert
Long ago, the land was mostly green, where ever you go, but mankind has destroyed most of the vegetation, using it up for FIREWOOD, SHELTER, etc, over thousands of years. And the greater the population, that faster more goes. Wiki on Roman Empire Deforestation My Anthropology professor, Mike Merrifield, said that the SPHINX which was built around 10,500 BC (and marks the general, official Beginning of Human Civilization), and at that time, the area was a lush, tropical, forest, with lots of annual rainfall (they can tell by the (carbon dated?) rain marks on the Sphinx). NOW THAT AREA IS ALL DESERT (no rainfall).


So its easier to breathe around house plants, or in a garden.
Especially while being sprayed with water (release of more oxygen).

PHOTO: The Amazon (a major supplier of Earths oxygen) is quickly losing its tropical rain forests
Forest Turning to Desert
But we can REFOREST EARTH, with our favorite trees. I like Redwoods, Magnolias, Palm Trees, Pear Trees, Cherry Trees, Avocado Trees. And we can make more oxygen with house plants and gardens.

I think every school kid should learn gardening for at least 1 hour every school day.

I think everyone on Earth, should plant at least 1 tree (and maintain it).
More than 1 tree per person should be encouraged.
I think everyone on Earth should garden.
While we are gardening, may as well make it edible vegetables (making a good emergency food reserve in case of emergency, if everyone gardened).
If your residence gets exterior bug sprayed, you should grow your edible vegetables indoors (and there are other outdoor hazards & contaminates).
INDOOR PLANTS are very good for breathing easier.

My grandmother and grandfather and his second wife and my mom, all had gardens. My grandfather used to live in the Hollywood Hills (and worked in show biz), and he would find talented performers, and hire them to garden for him, and he would teach them how to garden, then after a couple of weeks arrange a big show biz break for them. He really didnt need gardening help, he was just trying to help them, as gardening is good for the soul, good for the spirit, and good for the Earth, and for breathing better.

The Rainforests of South America, which provide a major portion of oxygen to the planet, are diminishing greatly, as are other forests and rain forests. I think if we restore the vegetation, it would bring more rain as well (its how the ecosystem works).


Everyone should garden, indoors and out.


RESULTS: So I currently have an outdoor garden (with an elf hidden by garden growth), and due to wide temperature changes here in Las Vegas, I got $50 worth of house plants from my favorite "PLANT WORLD" (on W. Charleston): a large Split Leaf Philodendron, a smaller size but large growth Philodendron with green leaves, and a Philodendron with green/white leaves, and a large leaf (name? leaf = 10 in, purple underside), and a mini Schaflera from Wal-Mart for around $10, and around $50 worth of pots to transplant them to, and some potting soil, and since most pot "drain dishs" are too shallow and soon overflow, I got several square plastic Dish Pan Buckets around 7 inches tall, (and wide enough for the platic pot), to hold the drain water, and a Plastic Spray Bottle, and some Rapid Gro fertilizer. The PLANT PHOTOS on this page are the results (after around 1 month).

TRANSPLANTING: If a pot is around 7 inches wide and around 10 inches deep, get a new plastic pot, at least 10 inches wide and at least 13 inches deep (in other words, a bit bigger, to allow for new root growth, because the plants have been well taken care of, by a nursery, and upon purchase, should be transplanted right away (within a week or so). AND some good Potting Soil.

Put a sheet of plasting on the floor (or take it outside).

Place a few inchs of soil in the new pot

Lift up the foliage from one side of the old pot, and stick a knife between the soil and the side of the pot, and cut around the inside edge of the pot, to loosen the grip of the roots to the plastic, taking care to not cut the foliage.

THEN place your fingers where the foliage comes out from the soil, and with the other hand, turn the pot upside down, and gently shake till the plant and soil comes out (in one big piece, as the thick roots hold it all together), and place it in the New Pot (with some soil in the bottom, make certain that the top of the soil level, is at least 1 inch below the rim of the new pot, then fill in the sides with new soil, pack it in very lightly, not too tight, put a plastic dish pan underneath, then WATER THE PLANT with an extra large dose of water, to allow all the new soil to become damp. Then water daily or every other day, and spray as often as you want. Check the soil daily and don't forget to water your plants. Put them NEAR A WINDOW for LIGHT (and or) get a plant light). A Southern Window is prefered (or a Northern Window if you live down under). I also got some cheap (around$10 - $18 at Wal-Mart) white plastic shelves, just great for plants, if you have 4 levels, you can use only 2 or 3, or what ever it takes to bring the plants up to window level (consider that a pot with a 10 inch depth, would like a shelf comming up to 10 inches below the window sill).

ESTIMATED COSTS for around 4 plants
(3 from Plant World and 1 from Wal-Mart, and potting supplies from Wal-Mart), I think the best deal on plants was most certainly Plant World in Las Vegas (quality and cheap), the Scheflara (good plant) from Wal-Mart was not in the best condition, it might have to be replaced someday

All together, I have spent aournd $166.

(approximate estimates from memory) $60 for plants, $50 for new plastic pots and around $2 earch for Drain Water containers, $10 for Rapid Grow fertilizer, $1 spay bottle, $7 for new soil, and $18 for white plastic Wal-Mart shelving = somewhere around $154 plus tax, and add the daily responsibility of care, and now I can breathe easier (I really can notice the difference, but its still good to air out the house every couple of days, at least, in the summer, air it out in the morning, in the winter air it out in the late afternoon, to curb energy costs of heating and A/C)

Plants release more oxygen upon watering, then you can breathe easier and better when watering.

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