Please find below tips to help us all improve our environment!
- Not all vegetables are created equally when it comes to environmental impact. Locally produced ANYTHING is likely better than imported food that's been hauled halfway around the globe. This is never more true than during the harvest season when our Farmers' Market has local produce in abundance.
- Grass is a prairie plant, so it does need to be cleared of leaf cover to allow exposure to air and sun. But leaves on your flower beds are perhaps the best and easiest way to nourish the soil - earthworms actually pull the leaves into the soil in the spring, enriching it naturally. So just rake the leaves off your lawn and onto your flower beds.
- Would you like to put a natural shine on your household metals? To polish brass, use a mixture of equal parts lemon juice, salt, and water. Silver cleans beautifully with a mixture of equal parts baking soda and water. And for stainless steel, just rub with olive oil.
- Here's stain removal advice that avoids harsh chemicals: For red/fruit wine stains, immediately cover the stain with salt or soda water, then soak in milk before washing.
- Be the trendsetter using reusable dishes and cutlery in your office kitchen. That could be the new topic around the watercooler!
- Spring gardening has 3 Rs too! Reduce: Clippings, deadheads and weeds can go into the green box; Reuse: Some garden centres really appreciate getting the containers back for reusing next year; Recycle: Divide overgrown or mature perennials to new locations for their health and your pocketbook... friends with gardens often enjoying exchanges too!
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