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Archive for June, 2014

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

End of School Year Tips to Reduce Waste

The end of the school year is just about here.  It will soon be time for locker clean-out in many area schools.  You can help to prevent a lot of waste and make this ritual an eco-friendly project.  Here are some tips from the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County along with a PDF you can download to help you and your schools with this process.  According to SWANCC this can be the biggest waste day of the entire school year.

http://swancc.org/education-sp-2198/waste-reduction-resources/locker-clean-out

By julie collins on June 4, 2014 Categories: Community, Recycling