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Seed Starting Project: Tomato Seeds Planted

photo (13)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.

Green Reading

The Library has subscribed to a cool new product, Zinio, which allows you to read Mother Earth News, Organic Gardening, and EARTH Magazine, amongst over 50 additional titles, digitally on your computer, tablet or smartphone. For more information, or to start using Zinio, visit the e-Library section of the Mount Prospect Public Library website.

Solar-Powered Boat Makes Second Voyage Across the Atlantic

PlanetSolar, maker of the world’s largest solar-powered boat, Tûranor, completed its second voyage across the Atlantic on May 18. Tûranor completed the 2867 mile voyage from Las Palmas, Spain, to St. Martin in the French West Indies in 22 days. For more information, and some cool pictures, take a look at the article featured on Earth911.

Gardening with Food Scraps

Do you have a clove of garlic that has sprouted, or potatoes with eyes? Think twice before you toss them in the trash, as you can use these items to grow more! Yes, you can grow garlic, potatoes and even pineapple, all from scraps! Check out this article from Earth911 to learn more about gardening with food scraps. Some of these foods might surprise you!

Chicago Green Festival

Looking for something to do Saturday, May 18 or Sunday, May 19? Check out the Chicago Green Festival at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago). The festival includes eco-fashion exhibits, hands-on workshops, live music, and much more. Also be sure to check out the Green Marketplace, which features products and services from local and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.

The festival hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information visit the Green Festival website.

DIY Event

The Kenneth Young Center Resale Shop (1150 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg) will host a re-purposing event on Wednesday, April 3, at 9 a.m.

 Customers will have the opportunity to view live demonstrations on how to renew, re-purpose and “up cycle” various household items.  Pick up some crafty ideas and support the Center, which provides mental health and senior services to the community.

For more information, call 847-524-8800 or visit the Kenneth Young Center website.

Glass Slipper Project

Got a closet full of old prom dresses? Do you even still have the matching shoes? Here’s a great way to re-cycle them.  The Glass Slipper Project is currently collecting prom dresses and accessories for its annual distribution to students who are unable to purchase their own prom dresses and accessories.

 The nearest drop-off location is Zengler Cleaners (550 Dundee Road, Northbrook).  For more info, go to Glass Slipper Project.

Fight the Weeds with Vinegar

Most people do not know the power of vinegar to kill weeds.  Vinegar will eliminate weeds without  the potential hazards of  powerful chemicals.  Just spray the vinegar on the leaves of the weeds until they are wet and in a matter of days, the weeds will be dead.

There are two things you should know about using vinegar to kill weeds: 

  • Vinegar is activated by sunlight.  So, check your weather report and try to pick a day when it will be sunny and not raining. 
  • Vinegar does not discriminate!  It will kill ALL plants that it is sprayed on.  So, only spray it on the weeds you want to kill. Do not get it on your flowers, tomato plants, etc. 

Besides being safe and effective, vinegar is inexpensive.  All types of vinegar will work and white vinegar is usually the least expensive.   

FYI: Vinegar is great to use to kill the weeds that grow in sidewalk cracks.

Green Music Fest June 26-27, 2010

Featuring Environmentally-Friendly Vendors, Services and Cutting Edge Music
Chicago's West Town will receive a fresh green coat this summer as it plays host to the Green Music Fest, Saturday June 26th through Sunday, June 27th on Chicago Ave. between Ashland and Noble. The innovative green technology-themed event will reflect the hip and environmentally-conscious West Town community by fusing original live music with green vendors, services and local retail, art, craft and food vendors.