Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring is in the air ...




In the last few days, I've had some welcomed visitors ... a beautiful pair of Eastern Towhees have returned after wintering elsewhere.

(Photo from All About Birds
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On our walks we see crocuses sprouting ... and Marmots are beginning to peek out of their burrows.

(Photo from Wikipedia)







Spring is definitely in the air! And that means that it's time to start thinking about gardening, spring cleaning and living "green" as the days move from cold and snowy to sunny and warm. Here are some ideas:

  • Spring is traditionally a time to tackle those big cleaning jobs. Instead of using toxic chemicals, opt for more earth-friendly cleansers. Click HERE for ideas and recipes.

  • Clean out closets and drawers and donate usable items to a charity, thrift stores or post them on FreeCycle.

  • Check the batteries on smoke detectors and make sure they are working properly (okay, it's not a "green" tip but ... it's important).

  • Take a look at air filters and wash or replace them as necessary.

  • Plan a vegetable garden. When considering which veggie to grow, consider heirloom varieties which help to preserve biodiversity. Consider natural pest control rather than toxic pesticides (for a list, click HERE). And rather than commercial fertilizers, start a compost pile to nourish your garden.

  • If you'll be landscaping your yard, opt for native plants which don’t need as much water and fertilizer.

  • As the weather warms, consider these earth-friendly habits:

    • Walk instead of drive.
    • Dry your clothes outside rather than use the dryer.
    • Sweep your patio, deck or walkway instead of using an air blower.
    • Use a push mower instead of a power or gas mower.
    • Switch the direction on your ceiling fan to cool (here's a hint ... when you stand under the fan you should feel the air blowing down on you).
    • When the fireplace is no longer being used, close the damper.

Spring is a time of renewal ... so renew your commitment to a "greener" lifestyle and enjoy the warmer days ahead.

As always ... I would love to hear from you!



8 comments :

  1. I look forward to walking in the warm sunshine now that spring is coming....to my favorite place the Farmer's Market. I can't wait to start getting more local produce!!

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  2. Thanks for all the tips. We're still waiting for the first sighting of crocus.

    Then I'll believe in spring.

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  3. As might be expexted spring season meant ,live,green environment,as a beekeepers we wait patiently,in this time our bee colonies grow,so we can get much more honeys end of the season.Best wishes,stay well.

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  4. I'm excited...just got a push mower! I actually was telling my grandparents I was looking to buy one, and my grandpa went into his garage and brought out their old one--that my Dad used to use to cut their lawn! I feel like things are coming full circle :)

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  5. Great tips! I can't wait to get outside, clean up after the horrid winter, plan my garden, and just breathe the fresh air!

    The marmot is adorable! Reminds me of our ground hogs. I guess they must be related?

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  6. excellent tips. In many parts of New Zealand, volunteers replant large areas with Native plants, the same you have suggested, native plants require less care and water.

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  7. I can tell we both have Spring fever! I enjoyed a little prelude to Spring walk yesterday and heard our local spotted towhees calling. Love them.
    Our marmots are all higher elevation here so they are most likely still snuggled down in their dens, but they're one of my husbands favorites and we always look forward to seeing them on summer hikes in the mountains.

    I'm passing along a Happiness Blogger Award to you. I wrote about why I was giving it to you(and posted a few pictures from yesterday's spring-y walk) in the recent post on This Northwest Life.

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  8. Such wonderful tips! I love the little Marmot (never heard of them) picture. He looks like he is just sitting around enjoying the fresh spring air too LOL :)

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