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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Composting keeps cycle going for healthy, rich soil

Finding out that 2015 has been designated the International Year of Soil, at least by the Soil Science Society of America, is exciting to me.
Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Veggies pile up in house as we prepare for winter

The firewood is piling up outside the door like a prediction.
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

A new challenge: Reducing food waste, nationwide

Americans waste more than 30 percent of all food purchased, either throwing out uneaten leftovers, letting food spoil before getting around to eating it, or tossing perfectly good food because it’s past the “best used by” date.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

A new hose, and a new worry

The cheap hoses came with an interesting warning label, noting that they contain chemicals the state of California deems capable of causing birth defects and cancer.
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Looking for ways to avoid back-to-school shopping

We always start at the thrift stores, looking for jeans, pants and shirts acceptable to teen tastes.
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Using ingenuity, luck to thwart fox

Last week, the last of Pearl’s babies learned to climb into the hemlock, which is a nighttime safe house for the outside chickens.
Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Crickets, acorns — do they know what winter will bring?

Nature doesn't have to forecast winter. It comes on its own.
Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

Too busy to be a good steward?

I’ve been busy lately doing things I tell myself I should never do, and not doing the things I should be doing.
Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Watching the sky for weather, or just to enjoy the show

The old ox glowed red in the morning light, white that night under a full moon.
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Trying to take vacation wherever I am

If it's summer, it's summer vacation, right?

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