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Herbs!

We started herbs in mid October--they are at the Information Desk on the second floor.

The Green Committee started herbs in mid-October–they are at the Information Desk on the second floor.

They have been growing quickly--here they are in mid-November.

They have been growing quickly–here they are in mid-November.

We have transplanted them to individual containers. This is yesterday.

We have transplanted them to individual containers. This is yesterday.

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

Fill Your Pantry Event

KYFChicago (Know Your Food, Know Your Farmer) is organizing their Second Annual Fill Your Pantry event at the Paper Crown Gallery, 1518 E. Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights on Saturday, October 25, 1-4 pm. Support your area farmers who will be selling food items that can be stored and consumed over the winter. Items available to purchase will include dry beans, whole grains, flours, nuts, honey, roots, garlic, onions and winter squash. There will also be activities for the kids, so bring the family. Attendance is limited, so please register: Fill Your Pantry or call Mary Green at 847-230-0544 for more information.

By julie collins on October 17, 2014 Categories: Consumer Choices, Food Choices

Green Farmers’ Market 2014

Master Composter showing composting worms.

Master Composter showing composting worms.

Showing a turtle from The Grove in Glenview.

Showing a turtle from The Grove in Glenview.

The raffle table.

The raffle table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story time!

Story time!

Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension program.

Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By MPPL on August 27, 2014 Categories: Community, Gardening

Seed Starting Project: Powdery Mildew

Cucumbers are still producing but they’ve developed powdery mildew on their leaves. Best guess is that the leaves have been too wet too often this summer which can be a problem especially at night. The Library has a sprinkler system that is set to go on every night and the cucumbers are fairly close to one of the sprinkler heads. This,  plus cooler temperatures in general,  plus the heavy rains we have experienced lately have all been contributing factors. photo (57)

By julie collins on August 8, 2014 Categories: Gardening, Seed Starting Project

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