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6/18/10 9:56 P

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I certainly can eliminate driving on Fridays and Saturdays! I'm in!





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6/18/10 11:09 A

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A Nation Wide Volunteer Do Not Drive days/day on Saturday and/or Sunday would help reduce obesity, save fuel, and help the environment

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5/23/10 6:09 A

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wonderful idea! Way to go!


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5/22/10 12:13 P

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I went to the Department of transportation office Friday to get some forms. They didn't have any availble so they will mail them to me. I'm planning on adopting a mile stretch of highway to plant trees on the median

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5/20/10 9:48 A

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emoticon You are awesome!

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5/19/10 10:10 A

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Years ago i stopped by the Michigan Department of transportation to inquire if there was an adopt a landscape program. There wasn't at the time but the info was passed on to Lansing. So the state now has an adopt a landscape program and the info can be found at their web site

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5/19/10 10:07 A

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Red maples and a few pine trees.

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5/17/10 12:49 P

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That's soooo wonderful THEMOTIVATOR1!!!! I hope they'll be native. : )

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5/17/10 10:22 A

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Am planning on visiting local Department of Transportation office this week to get permission to plant trees along a freeway connector road

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5/15/10 10:03 P

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This is the first time in 5 years that we've stayed at the cabin long enough to get out and work in the yard. I've been raking 10 years of leaves and finding all kinds of neat landscaping the previous owners had put in. It will be lovely when I finish cleaning.


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5/14/10 5:07 P

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I walked 3.3 miles to get to the eagle nest this morning.



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5/13/10 6:22 P

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Spent about 30 minutes last Sunday planting maple tree seeds in a forested area

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5/13/10 10:30 A

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I am so frustrated with the weather this year! Honestly, kids will be getting out of school for summer vacation in a couple of weeks and it snowed a couple of days ago.

We've got onions, peas, and bok choy coming up, but we don't dare to start beans and other veggies. I want some sunshine, darn it!

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5/12/10 8:59 P

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I've been working on a small garden for some fresh summer vegetables. A narrow strip across the back fence, on the other side, so the dogs won't get in it, about 30 ft by 1 ft. It is good to work outside, and I look forward to fresh from the garden vegetables this summer. Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Peppers, Green Beans, Butternut Squash, and Zucchini.



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5/9/10 1:23 P

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Seeing that so many seeds fall around May I propose planting seed week 2nd week in May

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5/8/10 9:38 A

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Nifty! What's it made of?

I'm off this morning to trade lilies of the valley for a great big kombucha SCOBY and some jars. I think trades are sweet, and I like sharing my plants anyway. A friend is coming over later to dig up some of my mints to infest her yard.

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5/1/10 12:45 P

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I went to an open house fitness event at the gym I go to and bought some pines trees one vendor was selling. This will add to the 70+ plus trees I have growing in my back yard

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4/28/10 8:25 A

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CELLO, with those people, I've found that there isn't much you CAN do. They are already convinced. You could try to send him some studies and scientific support of your Earth-friendly beliefs, but more than likely he'll reject the science as bunk or biased.

At the very least, maybe you could have an "let's agree to disagree" agreement - you won't hassle him, and he won't hassle you about it, and you will respect each other's belifs (no matter how misguided his may seem!) Good luck, that is not a fun situation!

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4/27/10 11:41 A

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Pray for the poor benighted guy.

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4/26/10 4:07 P

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Happy Monday Environmentalists!

Does anyone ever have trouble with friends or family (heck, or even strangers) hassling you for caring about the environment? On Earth Day, my brother left some rude comments on my facebook about how he was celebrating by leaving his car running all day, and how he's just realistic that nothing he does is going to affect the environment, etc, and it's still bothering me. How do you deal with someone like that, particularly when it's family?

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4/23/10 12:49 P

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Hope every one had an Awesome Earth Day

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4/21/10 10:35 P

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I mix a 50/50 mix of vinegar and honey as a sore throat, strep type sickness prevention/cure. The vinegar is an anti-viral and the honey is an anti-bacterial and together they taste awful. It is so bad the germs leave!

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4/15/10 9:42 A

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I use vinegar to soften and remove odors. I find it does a great job and I don't smell vinegar.


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4/15/10 9:34 A

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Awesome! I also hang dry. Do your clothes smell like vinegar at all? Any ideas on why my towels don't smell fresh when I hang dry them?

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3/26/10 9:39 A

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Cool, the grass seeds I put down a few weeks ago is sprouting emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/9/10 7:26 P

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Nice time to put down some grass seeds for those bare areas of your lawn. With the weather forecast for rain the next 3-4 days they should get plenty of watering emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/9/10 9:55 A

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awesome


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1/28/10 4:54 P

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Definitely like the repel idea much better!

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1/28/10 10:12 A

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Getting rid of ants.
The following is from "The Mother Earth News Almanac" 1973 edition.
The Pesky Ants
How's that again? You just opened the kitchen cupboard and found a whole army of little red ants running all over the honey jar?
Take heart....the sweet tooth that brought the little pests into your house in the first place can also help you get 'em out. Mix a solution of sugar or honey and water, dip sponges in the syrup, squeeze out the excess moisture and leave these homemade ant traps around where the invaders are thickest. When your lures are swarming with hungry insects, drop the sponges into a pail of boiling water and start again.
Or, if you don't want to snare the ants, you can try repelling them. Clean the pantry floor and shelves thoroughly (especially that honey jar) and cover the whole area with fine salt. Just leave it there for a while....and the little pests will go away.

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1/27/10 5:14 P

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I'll have to try the vinegar - DH is allergic to most fabric softeners. I cut perfume-free dryer sheets in half just to get the static out, but that's about all he can handle.

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1/25/10 11:37 A

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I hang dry almost everything on drying racks in my spare room.
Add vinegar to your wash and it helps to soften.

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1/25/10 11:22 A

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I used to have the too stiff probablem until I discovered the liquid fabric softener goes in the container in the washing machine

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1/25/10 10:12 A

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I do that with sweat pants and sweatshirts. I can usually wash two loads and only dry 1 after removing all the stuff I air dry! I air dry my jeans, but DH wants his dried - says they get too stiff.

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1/24/10 2:35 P

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When washing clothes instead of putting the jeans in the dryer with other clothes I hang them up to dry

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1/24/10 1:05 P

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Good Morning everyone,

I may be slow in learning about this, but I watched the movie the Cove last night. It's a documentary movie about the ongoing slaughter of massive numbers of dolphins in Japan. Its included info on manipulation of the international whaling commission by buying the votes of poor countries. Also includes info on the mercury toxicity in the dolphins. Extremely distressing for an animal lover like me.
Reminds me of the denial around oil sands damage that exists where I live.
Here are a couple links for more info:

planetgreen.discovery.com/travel-out
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www.opsociety.org/


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1/18/10 3:24 P

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CNIKKI33: that was lovely! Thank you!

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1/18/10 2:54 P

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I keep my compost pail (an old pot with a lid) in the freezer. It eliminates the smell and I think the freezing might help the compost break down quicker (or not. I don't have any science to back this up). Plus, no ants.

In my experience the little tiny ants don't like coffee. So if you can find out where they're getting in, and lay down coffee grinds (if freshly ground, all the better) across their entry way, they won't cross it. Good luck.

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just wanted to share this video.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMt0iuyTofs

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12/31/09 10:30 A

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Is your small bin in the kitchen covered? I have a kitchen compost pail with cover and haven't had any ant issues. Then the rest of the composting is done outside.
Maybe you can describe your situation a little more?

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New here, and I liked the idea about this team, so I popped in.

I have a question. I'm in San Francisco...great city for recycling...but I've got a so called winter battle. Ants. We have great compost bins...but if we keep a small bin in the kitchen...ants. Of course there are ants down in the garbage too...no so bad. This year is bad...we can not leave anything out over night...no dishes in the sink, do not leave anything ant-yummy out!

Anyway we have been trying all sorts of things: cider, spicy herbs, cloves, bay leaves, a mix of soap and water...it is not getting us anywhere!

Any knowledge out there? We really want to use the compost bin year round.

Michelle

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12/29/09 4:27 P

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I had a feeling that someone would get a kick out of this... For months my electric bill was under $20, heh heh. The CFL thing got me thinking about that... Im sure you all already know this, but turn it off when not in use, stand by is a terrorist, and unplug it when your gone or paying it no mind. Not in the room, turn off that light- even if its annoying. I once had an electric bill in the summer for $16 and change.
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Can I just say I am relived and so excited- I got ahold of the recyclery in this town (I just moved to another part of the county) and I can FINALLY get rid of old regular (non rechargable) batteries I have been lugging around and I know the resting place of those CFLs I use. Not to mention I have a dying microwave that was recently replaced and it is driving me crazy sitting in the kitchen because I know its not allowed in the regular trash!!!!! UGHHH! Well I found its final resting place, I am so relieved. I cant tell you how much garbage I have held on to over time because I dont know where to put it safely at the moment. It really makes you stop and think before you get something else though!

Last thing- dont waste y our time if you buy CFLs at grocery and drug stores. You can check your local hardware store and you can find them for less than 50 cents each! Also your local goodwill may have the bulbs. I have gotten double packs at goodwill, and I saw the singles at a local hardware store...
How a bout it- do you recycle clothing? Do you BUY recycled clothing, I bet some of you do. Goodwill doesnt have any tax either- Ive gotten some nice stuff there... Now THAT could be a good challenge for people!
God bless-
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11/21/09 9:52 P

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Horray for the new compost bin!

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11/16/09 2:22 P

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Yay! All that nice compost plus the ecvercise of walking out there and stirring things around!
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Hurrah for the new compost bin, Robin! This is a great time of year to snag bagged leaves to save to add to the bin as the year goes along till next autumn.

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Hi Becky! I do some traveling in my work, too. I'm an archaeologist and will be spending 30 days (perhaps more) in a place where I have to bring all of my food with me, and pack out all of my trash so I can relate to the challenges. What sorts are you and your fiancee facing? Maybe we can help each other?

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Yesterday I started a new compost bin, weeded the backyard and fed all of my plants. I love feeding others!

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I spent yesterday raking up leaves then mulching them for the gardens..

"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.- Henry C. Link

bodynsoil blog bodynsoil.com/blog/


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