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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley

Greenpoint

A Daily Gazette community blog
Ideas on greener living
 
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?
 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Garden overproducing? Consider donating

If you’re a gardener, you know some plants insist on overproducing. Think about donating some of the extra. Especially if you’ve got an overproducing zucchini plant.
 
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Free-range, cage-free: What do the labels mean?

Turns out some of them don't mean anything.
 
Monday, July 6, 2015

Flowers preferable to mowers, which are preferable to sprayers

I went out looking for wildflowers one early morning last week, and came home with a pint of wild blueberries for our breakfast.
 
Monday, June 29, 2015

No shawls, but ducks act like storybook characters

“What a funny sight it is to see a brood of ducklings with a hen! Listen to the story of Jemima Puddle-duck, who was annoyed because the farmer’s wife would not let her hatch her own eggs.” So begins my sister’s favorite Beatrix Potter book, one that my kids grew ...
 

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