The Chickadee's Guide to Gardening
In your garden, choose plants that help the environment
From the New York Times: Plants are as close to biological miracles as a scientist could dare admit. After all, they allow us, and nearly every other species, to eat sunlight, by creating the nourishment that drives food webs on this planet. As if that weren't enough, plants also produce oxygen, build topsoil and hold it in place, prevent floods, sequester carbon dioxide, buffer extreme weather and clean our water.
What we plant in our landscapes determines what can live in our landscapes. By favoring productive species, we can create life, and by using nonnative plants, we can prevent it.
Your shower is wasting huge amounts of energy and water.
Here's what you can do about it.
Image: Anthia Cumming
From the Washington Post:
You know that moment well: You've turned on the shower, but there's no way you're getting into it quite yet. The water's not hot enough. So you start your routine, whatever it is - doing some chores, answering some e-mails - while the water runs and runs, much of it already hot.
Shower wonks have dubbed this extremely common pattern "behavioral waste," or waste that occurs because of human habits. And there appears to be quite a lot of it. "Typically 20 percent of every shower, the duration, is essentially lost," says Jonah Schein, technical coordinator for homes and buildings for the EPA's WaterSense program. "The average shower is a little over eight minutes long, so that's a good chunk of the shower that we're not actually being able to utilize."
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Friday and Saturday May 1st and 2nd
City of Wilmington
Fluorescent tube bulbs are hard to recycle but the Centre County Recycling and Refuse (CCRR) Authority has the answer. On May 1st from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday May 2nd from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m it is hosting a Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Anyone with fluorescent tube bulbs can dispose of them at this collection, along with insecticides, flammables, oil based paints and other items that cannot be put in the regular landfill.
Landfill? Compost? Where to throw the hot cup?
With the addition of composting to the m?bius waste sorting stations at the University Park campus, many people wonder whether the Starbucks and Au Bon Pain coffee cups should be tossed into the Trash/Landfill bin or the Compost bin. The answer is Landfill because the cups have a plastic lining. Want to avoid pitching it at all? Take your own travel mug, savor the hot coffee for longer, and as an added bonus, get a discount.