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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living
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.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guilty K-onscience?

A    lot of people have been griping lately about Keurig, that system that makes drinking coffee at home almost as expensive and far more wasteful than buying a disposable to-go cup on the run. Two weeks ago, the inventor of the K-Cup — those little plastic containers that make individual ...
Sunday, March 8, 2015

Remember the bees when you start seeds

Daylight Savings Time is a sham, but the days really are getting longer.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The sun is winning

Sure it's cold. But the sun is higher every day.
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Snowy winters make for good exploring

I know we are lucky to live near woods to explore, trees to climb, places to fish and swim and ride bikes
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Watering the beasts in icy weather

Crack ice out of water dishes, refill with warm water. Animals drink, water freezes. Repeat.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

Tracks in the snow

Everything takes longer when there’s more than a foot of snow on the ground, and I find myself explaining this to the animals during my morning visits. “Just be patient,” I tell the ducks as I dig out their pen so they can walk around after I open up their ...

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