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Plant Garlic this Fall

garlicBefore cleaning your garden to prepare for winter, you can plant some garlic for a an early summer harvest.  By planting garlic cloves in the fall, they will grow roots over the winter, grow greens in the spring, and you will be able to harvest the bulbs by the early summer.  

 

Growing garlic is easy and fun, even for a novice.  You don't even need to go to a garden store; cloves from the grocery store will work well.  Use the larger, outer cloves for planting. ... read more

Top 4 Most Innovative Green Car Advancements

Green automotive technology is the future. With hybrid and electric optimized vehicles, consumers can get more bang for their buck. The biggest boon is that dependency on gas is lowered, and thanks to steadily climbing gas prices, green cars pay for themselves. It makes plenty of sense that consumers are demanding better fuel economy from their vehicles.

Ford EcoBoost

Companies like Toyota, Elon Musk, Chrysler, Honda and others have responded. For example, Ford has produced an EcoBoost engine family and they're being used in various models. Of particular note is the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, amped up with about 310 horsepower. That's not too shabby for a green tech car.... read more

Change starts in the classroom: benefits of composting programs in schools

Food waste is a chronic issue; nearly one-third of our landfills are piled up with scraps of leftover grub from home kitchens and larger producers like restaurants. While not all of this refuse is actually recyclable, diverting the portions that can be transformed into nutrient-rich fertilizer for gardens and lawns, makes a significant difference. And there’s no better time to get the ball rolling than during the early years of a child’s schooling.

 

When it comes to saving the planet, today’s younger generation is most definitely our future. Schools are the perfect forum for teaching young people the importance of composting organic waste  Lessons on composting allow them to see how  their lunch scraps can have on the landscape. Let’s walk through the ways composting programs can enhance school education, especially in elementary grades.

 

Schools should utilize resources to get students engaged, such as Team Compost.... read more

Eco-Friendly Tips for Sports Athletes

Doing the sport you love brings a different kind of fulfillment. It’s a great way to get fit and unwind while developing new skills. However, it is important to note that just like in anything else that you do, you should alway be mindful of how you are affecting the environment when you are engrossed to the game. Don’t be a bad sport to mother earth. Here are some simple ways you can be eco-friendly while enjoying a round of your favorite outdoor or indoor game. 

Avoid plastic bottles

One of the basic items to bring when doing any physically exhilarating sport is a bottle of water. It’s good to know that this can be quickly grabbed from your friendly neighbor 7-Eleven but these bottles are also just as quick in devastating the environment.You may not realize it but a weeklong of basketball can accumulate enough plastic bottles to carelessly create another problem for society. Ditch the plastic bottles and opt for reusable ones instead. You’ll find that reusable bottles are more efficient because of its capacity. Also, whenever you can, opt for water instead of electrolyte replacements which are packaged in plastic containers. ... read more

Fun Fact Friday - Can Recycling

can recyclingRecycle your cans!   Today I have some trivia for you about aluminum beverage can recycling.  ... read more

  • Did you know that it only takes approximately 6 weeks total to manufacture, fill, sell, recycle, and then remanufacture an aluminum beverage can.

  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your television for three hours.  On the other hand, throwing away an aluminum can will waste as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline.

  • The recycling rate for aluminum beverage cans in the United States reached 58.1% in 2010.  That is more than double that of any other beverage container!

October 12: The Great Halloween Costume Swap

Who has old Halloween costumes catching dust in their attic?  *raises hand*  

I propose that on Monday, October 13 on social media, mom's groups, school list servs, and local forums (i.e., craiglist) we offer to swap Halloween costumes with other members of the community.  Post pictures of the costumes and see if there's anything out there that you like!

halloween costume swap... read more

Trick or Treat: Have a GREEN Halloween!

eco-friendly & green Halloween!Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Can't go wrong with pumpkins, candy, costumes, and ghost stories...especially if you go the eco-friendly way.

Costumes:  Get creative!  Instead of going to the party store and spending $35 on a costume that will probably rip by the end of the day isn't worth your while.  Scour a thrift shop.  Some of the best costumes I've ever seen were the result of a little trip to a local Goodwill.  You can find all sorts of interesting stuff from there that can be made into a cool costume.  If you're crafty with a needle and thread, make something from scratch.  Hand-me-down costumes are another green way to go.  For kids, finding a costume that would also be good year-round as some dress up clothes is a fun idea.

Decorations:  What's the greenest way to decorate your house for Halloween?  Why, jack-o-lanterns of course!  Scoop out the pumpkin pulp, cook the seeds, make some pie, carve a spooky face, then once the pumpkin begins to decay, toss it in your compost bin.  Can't get much more eco-friendly than that.  As far as store bought decorations go, go for stuff that costs a few more dollars but that is durable so you can store it and take it out year after year.
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Cleaning Your Garden This Autumn

prepping your gardenAt the first sign of frost in the forecast, we harvest everything, eat what we can, and preserve what we can't by canning, freezing, and dehydrating.  

The next step is cleaning the garden.  

First of all, there are a few crops that you don't need to harvest before the first frost.  Carrots, garlic, leeks, and parsnips are a few things that can be harvested through early winter.  Cover them with a little extra mulch to keep the ground warmer, and harvest through December.  

Next, remove all weeds, dead vines, leaves, and other debris.  If they're not diseased, throw them in your compost.  Gently till your soil to expose insects that might overwinter.  After that, add some compost and leaves and till into the soil.  ... read more

Are Tennis Balls Recyclable?

Are tennis balls recyclable

Yes, tennis balls ARE recyclable.  Although they're not recyclable through curbside programs, there are many companies with innovative products made from used tennis balls. Here are some ideas for recycling, repurposing, or reusing your unwanted tennis balls:... read more

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Keep Your Home Warm this Winter!

Today is the last day of summer.  The days are getting shorter and cooler.  Before you know it, it will be time to turn on the heat.  You might be thinking of ways to lower your heating bills and make your home more energy efficient.  So, what are your choices?  Replacing windows is costly.  Or maybe you rent and you can’t make any big changes.  

Luckily, there are several things you can do to help keep your home warmer during the winter months without price-prohibitive renovations.  I had the opportunity to speak with Brian Besold, co-founder of San Francisco Bay Area home performance firm Kevel, who offered several helpful tips.

A common recommendation is using 3M plastic on your windows.  It does make a difference but only for a few months because the adhesive wears off after a while.  Plus, it looks terrible and makes window inoperable so you can’t open it.   If there's an unseasonably warm day and you want to let in some fresh air, you simply can't if you have the plastic on your windows.

Instead, Besold recommends Indow Windows.  (pictured left) Indow Windows produces a plexiglass panel that can be tailored to fit your window.  All you have to do is pop it into your current window frame and viola!  It serves the same purpose as a double pane window, but at a fraction of the cost.  ... read more