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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley

Greenpoint

A Daily Gazette community blog
Ideas on greener living
 
Friday, May 22, 2015

A fine hiking partner

Getting outside for long walks with my favorite son.
 
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Lots of flowers, fewer bees

How planting from seed can help the bees
 
Monday, May 11, 2015

Light bulb blues

I know CFL bulbs are a lot better than incandescents. But they just aren't as good as they said they'd be.
 
Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring finally showing its colors

In greens and yellows, reds and pinks: Spring is getting serious.
 
Friday, April 24, 2015

The water bottle dilemma: What's really safe?

There we were on a beautiful, sunny day, looking out over the lake and the surrounding mountains, taking in the breezes and the clouds and the shapes of the rocks, and discussing toxicity of plastic water bottles.
 
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bats are in big trouble

Earlier this month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species, meaning it could become endangered.
 
Friday, April 10, 2015

Trendy maples offer sap, syrup and food for bees

Maple syrup, the slow way.
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Garden growing nicely, on the kitchen table

There's still too much snow in the garden to think about planting peas.
 
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Apples are too big a commitment?

I’m not sure the impetus in developing a non-browning apple was that whole apples are universally seen as a major commitment, like marriage or “War and Peace.” I think it might be the profitable snack-food potential of a packaged portion of an apple.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Before reducing and recycling, try refusing

Simplifying is first step toward reducing waste.
 

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