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Seed Starting Project: Late July Update

Lots of tomatoes coming!

Lots of tomatoes coming!

First peppers.

First peppers.

 

Friday harvest.

Friday harvest.

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By julie collins on July 25, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: First Cucumber

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By julie collins on July 12, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

What’s In Your Personal Care Products?

Personal care products such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and cosmetics can contain almost any ingredient the company wishes to use, including some that may be considered hazardous. Launched in 2004, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep database rates personal care products for safety (based on toxicity of ingredients), allowing consumers to make informed decisions about the personal care products they purchase. The database allows you to search for specific products or browse by a variety of different categories. For more information about the rating system or to find out where EWG gets their information, check out their About Skin Deep/Methodology page.

By mreynolds on July 10, 2014 Categories: Consumer Choices

Seed Starting Project: July 2, 2014

 

July 2, 2014

July 2, 2014

 

By julie collins on July 2, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

ecoATM’s

EcoATM’s are automated electronic recycling stations. You can sell your old/unwanted electronic devices (phones, mp-3 players, tablets) by placing them in ecoATM kiosks, and if you accept the dollar amount, you will get paid instantly. The closest ecoATM’s to Mount Prospect are in Woodfield and Golf Mill Malls. For more information and to find other specific locations: www.ecoatm.com.

By julie collins on Categories: Electronics, Recycling

Seed Starting Project: Cucumber Progress

Cucumbers last week.

Cucumbers last week.

Cucumbers this week.

Cucumbers this week.

By julie collins on June 27, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Tiny Vegetables

Tiny cucumber and there are lots more!

Tiny cucumber and there are lots more!

Tiny pear tomato.

Tiny pear tomato.

A variety of tiny peppers.

A variety of tiny peppers.

Basil looking full and delicious!

Basil looking full and delicious!

By julie collins on June 20, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Seed Starting Project: Another Week of Growth

EarthBoxes haven't needed much watering but that will change as soon as the hot weather sets in...

EarthBoxes haven’t needed much watering but that will change as soon as the hot weather sets in…

By julie collins on June 12, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

Best Sunscreens

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes an annual Guide to Sunscreens. Besides listing the best and safest sunscreens (based on toxicity), they provide tips for protecting adults and children when exposed to the sun. Also provided are ratings for most all sunscreens on the market today (over 700 are included) so you can search for your current brand to see how it compares to the 149 they deem the best.

By julie collins on Categories: Consumer Choices, Hot Weather

Seed Starting Project: Plants are flowering

EarthBoxes from above!

EarthBoxes from above!

Flowers on the tomatoes.

Flowers on the tomatoes.

Four of the six pepper plants have little peppers.

Four of the six pepper plants have little peppers.

Cucumbers are starting to flower. We added the trellis for them to climb on.

Cucumbers are starting to flower. We added the trellis for them to climb on.

By julie collins on June 7, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project