April 28-May 2 has been designated by the U. S. EPA and proclaimed by Governor Pat Quinn as Air Quality Awareness Week. The objective is to educate the public about air quality and to encourage them to monitor their local air quality forecasts. In conjunction with this initiative, Director of the Illinois EPA, Lisa Bonnett, has announced the expansion of the Illinois Air Quality Flag Program. Participants in this program fly a color-coded fly to alert local residents as to that day’s air quality forecast. For more information: Illinois EPA Kick-off Air Quality Awareness Week.
Public Green Blog
We ordered the EarthBoxes yesterday and will have 4 of them outside on the southwest corner of the Library grounds. We have been monitoring the spot and it gets loads of full sun for many hours per day. But we still have at least 3 weeks to go before we can even think about planting them out.
Happy Earth Day, everyone!
In honor of this special day, please do one good thing for the earth, and encourage others to do something for the planet as well. Do you want to tell us what good deed you did for the earth today? Use our Contact Us form to drop us a line! And remember, no task is too small, as small tasks add up and make a big difference!
Mount Prospect and Des Plaines residents who need help with their energy bill costs are invited to a fair on Saturday (April 19) from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at Mount Prospect Public Library (10 S. Emerson St.) Participants can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and other programs sponsored by the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, ComEd, and Nicor Gas. Mount Prospect residents can register by calling 847/870-5680 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Des Plaines residents should call 847/391-5480 or email HHS@desplaines.org.
Half of a 24-cell flat was planted with tomatoes seeds this past Monday. The varieties are Earliana (an early smaller variety, 4-5 ounces) and Beam’s Yellow Pear (cherry-sized and pear-shaped). We also added a small oscillating fan to promote a stronger root system in the seedlings and to keep air circulating which prevents mold and insect infestations.
Learn how to prepare your garden for planting at Euclid School, 1211 N. Wheeling Road in Mount Prospect Thursday, April 24, 6:00pm to 8:30pm. Topics will include how to eliminate weeds, prepare and amend the soil and figure out what will grow best in your garden location. Even if you do not have a community garden plot you are welcome to attend. Healthy snacks will be served. For more info: Green Schools Committee
Join in the Earth Day celebration at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn some recycling tips and how to go green at home, or tour the Friendship Park Conservatory greenhouse. There will also be hands on activities for children. Click here for more information about this event.
If you’re looking for a more hands on way to celebrate Earth Day, why not volunteer to help clean up local parks? You can work to clean up a park in your neighborhood or at another location. Please call the Friendship Park Conservatory at 847-298-3500 to register for this event (registration is required). For more information, check out the Clean Up The Parks event on the Friendship Conservatory website.
We planted our pepper and basil seeds one month ago today! Some of the seedlings were getting too big for the cells in the flat so we transplanted the largest of each of the varieties and separated seedlings that were growing two to a cell. In the bigger pots, the plants have more room to expand their root systems and do not need to be watered daily or twice daily. We will be starting tomatoes in the next few days.
Do you have old electronics around your house that you don’t know what to do with? You can drop them off for recycling at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Friday, April 11, or Saturday, April 12. Drop off times for both days are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, call 847-298-3500 or check out this detailed list of what is and is not accepted.