In 1960, David Latimer planted a tiny spiderwort plant by lowering a single seed by wire into a pile of compost inside of a large glass bottle. He gave it a pint of water and then sealed it. 12 years later, in 1972, he opened the bottle and gave it another pint of water before sealing it for good. The self contained ecosystem has flourished for nearly 60 years and occupies a spot under his stairs in Cranleigh, Surrey in England. He rotates it every now and then so that it receives an even amount of sunlight from a nearby window. For those who are wondering how this is even possible: the garden is a perfectly balanced and self-sufficient ecosystem. The bacteria in the compost eats the dead plants and breaks down the oxygen that is released by the plants, turning it into carbon dioxide, which is needed for photosynthesis. The bottle is essentially a microcosm of earth.
Aug 2, 2023
Reading is letting someone else model the world for you. This is an act of intimacy. When the author is morose, you become morose. When he is mirthful, eventually you may share in it. And after finishing a very good book one is driven a little mad, forced to return from a world that no one nearby has witnessed.↩︎ The Map Is Mostly Water