OK, I must admit it’s bit a “helluva” week at school/work with long days and late nights with meetings, presentations, and courses; plus submitting our students to the second week of standardized testing; etc., etc., which has left me very little time left for blogging!
During that time, I did update my school/educational blog, so if you’re interested in what students I’ve coached in ExploraVision have accomplished; Roxy the “reading dog;” or what’s new in mathematical theory go there by clicking here.
Which is why my aim to post “One Green Thing” each day has fallen by the wayside. So, I’ve got some catching up to do. Here goes . . .
ONE GREEN THING # 6: RECYCLE SOMETHING!
I’m now a pretty faithful “curb-side” recycler (as my town has weekly trash & recycling pick-up) with items likes cans, bottles, and newspapers, but I know there’s so much more I can do (like NOT buying these items in the first place!) Although I regularly enjoy good, old-fashioned tap water from my stainless steel/reusable bottle, my DH has a favorite, cranberry drink that he just loves! He’s also a bit old-fashioned in that he likes perusing the newspaper in the am or pm or whenever he has a chance, which brings me to green thing # 7.
ONE GREEN THING # 7: GET THE NEWS ONLINE!
I’m okay with doing a quick review of anything news-worthy online, so I’ve cut down on newspapers somewhat. I recently learned that our home-town newspaper is joining the effort to “Save the Planet by GOING GREEN” by encouraging academic subscriptions to have students use the E-paper daily instead of the printed version.
Here are the facts:
- Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees
- To produce any Sunday newspaper, each week 500,000 trees must be cut down
- If all newspapers were recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year
- Get more facts by clicking here.
ONE GREEN THING # 8: PAY BILLS ONLINE!
I’ve been doing this for a while now, paying as many bills as I can online, and setting up others in the format. I find it’s much easier and quicker to get the job done (with a click of the mouse); to stay current (as some accounts can be set up to pay automatically); and there’s no need to search for envelopes, stamps, etc!
Lots of paper saved and probably better for your credit score, too!
ONE GREEN THING #9: PLANT SOMETHING GREEN!
St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally when people in our parts think about getting peas in the ground. If you can’t plant outside yet, why not bring something green inside? My all-time favorite way to welcome in spring is with pansies! They add a splash of color–outside or in–and can even withstand a frost, if there’s still that possibility, as there is here in New England!
Plus, plants give off oxygen!
ONE GREEN THING #10: GROW SOMETHING ORGANICALLY!
I attended an Organic Gardening Workshop yesterday with my daughter at our local Garden Center and I’m going to try to employ more organic gardening principals this year in my favorite flower gardens!
Although these organic practices were mostly “old hat” to Abbie, here are some good ideas I came away with:
- Everything starts with the soil and gardening success come from building the soil biology, so I may try some soil testing this year.
- Choose native plants for best results.
- Make sure you choose the right plant for the right place or it just takes more work on the gardener’s part.
- 90% percent of insects are actually beneficial (like bees, flies, ants, etc. for pollination and ladybugs, which attack aphids), so be sure to positively identify “pests” before trying to irradicate them.
- Organic mulch not only mimics natural soil cover (like holding moisture), it also adds organic material to the soil.
- Try physical and biological control of pests before using chemicals, i.e., row covers for physical barriers and the afore-mentioned ladybugs, etc.
Here are some great resources for more organic gardening info:
- Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) @ www.ctnofa.org
- Organic Gardening Magazine @ www.organicgardening.com
- People, Places & Plants Magazine (with a New England Focus) @ www.ppplants.com
I’ll keep you posted on how these organic gardening endeavors work out!