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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living
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 ...
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Losing the battle against plastic

Recycling’s great, but isn’t it better to reduce from the source? If we don’t pick up plastic bags in the first place, we don’t have to recycle them, or throw them in the garbage or — and someone’s doing this — out our car windows.
Friday, June 12, 2015

Farmhouse chic: Boots, chicks and feed bags

Is 'farmhouse messy' considered a style?
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Even after rain, conserving water's important

Here in the Northeast, we have dry summers and wet summers, and we tend to think it will all even out.
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

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