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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley

Greenpoint

A Daily Gazette community blog
Ideas on greener living
 
Saturday, June 7, 2014

The restorative power of a nature walk

I don’t care what the weather's like outside. I just want to be out there.
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Grow your own birdseed

Plant flowers for yourself, and the birds
 
Monday, May 19, 2014

Not too scared to go outside

Sure there are things to be wary of, but don't be so scared of bugs and bats that you avoid the great outdoors
 
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Long aimless walks energizes mind, body

Walking — the simple placing of one foot in front of the other — is both deliberate enough and mindless enough that it frees the brain to start working.
 
Sunday, May 4, 2014

Saving rainwater good for our vegetable garden, Earth

The 2 trillion gallons of rain that might have fallen Wednesday could just be spring storms. But our storms seem to be getting more severe, with more rain, more damaging winds. The weather extremes seem to be becoming more extreme.
 
Saturday, April 26, 2014

With plastics, the more we avoid the better

The problem with these plastics is the chemicals that leach out of them. And if you are eating or drinking from things encased in plastics, those chemicals can end up in your food — and in you.
 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hotbeds for young veggies

Manure provides heat that plants need to grow
 
Monday, April 14, 2014

Seeds sprouting in ‘bedroom greenhouse’

On the windowsill, the seedlings are getting bigger, and some are ready to be transplanted. I start my seeds in flats, mini-broadcasting 20 to 50 to a container, depending on its size. I use just about anything for a flat, but Clementine boxes are my favorite. This is the time ...
 
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Animals emerge, leave telltale footprints

The mud along the sides of the driveway gives the illusion of a spring thaw.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Damage from oil spills lingers for years

25 years after Exxon Valdez, spills are still happening
 

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