As Thanksgiving is approaching, here are some useful tips for the holidays!!!
- Making homemade holiday decorations will save you time and money AND allow you to do a little family bonding! Paint gourds, use left-over pumpkins, corn cobs, dried flowers, nuts and twigs to create table decorations. Make place cards out of dried leaves. Use string and acorns to make napkin rings…
- Don’t forget to donate those leftovers to your local food bank or safety net organization – they would be thankful to have it!!!
Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍂
According to Use Less Stuff, if each family reduced their holiday gas consumption by just one gallon (approximately 20 miles), we would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one million tons!
Now you can recycle your plastic Ziploc sandwich and freezer bags. Per thedailaygreen.com, you can take them to your local grocery store or supermarket and add them to their plastic shopping bag bins. Of course you can wash and reuse them a few times before you need to recycle them to be even more eco-friendly.
If replacing your lawn just isn’t possible – you can still reduce the amount of water and mowing it requires – check out https://www.prairienursery.com/resources-guides/no-mow-resources/. Their seed can be used on existing lawns and can (over the course of a few years) significantly reduce water usage and frequent mowing. There are also several varieties of native sod available that look and feel like a “regular” lawn but only use ½ the amount of water and can be mowed substantially less frequently. Native Bent Grass is a great one!
You can make your own drain opener by pouring half a cup each of baking soda and vinegar into the drain. Let stand for 30 minutes and then flush with boiling water.
Here in the Bay Area we can grow our own vegetables all year round. September is a good time to plant your cool-season garden. For ideas and planting times, check out the Master Gardeners planting calendar: http://mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu/garden-help/vegetables/vegetable-planting-chart/