This post is sponsored by Greenworks Tools.
Happy earth day
Today is all about growing things, getting your fingers in the dirt, adding new plantings to your yard and making this planet a better place for the next generation.
I’m all about the next generation.
I have four of them.
About five years ago we made a commitment to make small changes to help our planet in our own little way. We started taking our own shopping bags to the store and planting trees and recycling and finding cars with better gas mileage and dozens of other tiny changes.
And an amazing thing happened.
Our children watched.
And today they are making many of those same small changes, too.
(total aside: isn’t it funny how the doing makes more of an impact than the talking?)
Here are 21 ways to celebrate Earth Day where you live.
(total aside number 2: I could have just shared 20–but 21 sounds so much fancier.)
1. Unplug your devices
2. Go for a walk with your family.
3. Look around you. Seriously. Just open your eyes and see all the spring that showed up right outside your door.
4. Visit a local nursery and choose a new type of flower for your yard.
(total aside: if you choose a perennial, you can celebrate Earth Day next year, too.)
5. Take your own shopping bags on your next shopping trip.
6. Ride a bike somewhere you might have driven a car.
7. Volunteer for a local organization that takes time to make your community better.
8. Change your bills to pay online instead of getting paper bills in the mail.
9. Visit a local Earth Day event.
10. Visit a local park and take a picnic.
11. Hang a birdfeeder in your yard.
12. Avoid plastic water bottles. Find an amazing refillable water bottle instead.
13. Plan a farm-to-table meal for your family.
14. Buy some produce from a local Farmer’s Market.
15. If you have a bird bath, clean it out and fill it up.
16. Find a local clean-up and join in.
17. Research planting your own garden.
18. Use earth-friendly cleaning products.
19. Sit by an open window and listen to the birds.
20. Use dishtowels to clean your countertops instead of paper towels.
21. And my favorite way to celebrate Earth Day?
Bring a little freshness to your window with an herb garden. Planting an herb garden is one of the easiest ways to celebrate Earth Day and you can create your own with these easy tips and ideas.
You can grow your herbs from seeds, but I have had better luck with established herbs from the garden center. Most garden centers offer a variety of well-established plants in different varieties. One of my favorites is a compact herb known as Onion Chive. Onion chives like a lot of sun and need well-drained soil and grow to about a foot. They are perfect for adding a little bit of onion flavor to most dishes. Another of my favorite herbs is rosemary. The smell is wonderful and the plant is so pretty with its delicate spiked leaves. Rosemary grows to more than 24” tall and needs extremely well-drained soil. After its roots are established, it becomes more drought tolerant. Make sure to trim Rosemary regularly to ensure new growth and prevent a woody appearance to the plant.
Here are a few tips for planting herbs in your home:
- Make sure you have the correct light. Most herbs come with a tag that tells the proper sunlight for the plant. Both of these herbs like plenty of sunlight. Set pots in a window or on a porch to make sure they receive proper light.
- Ensure proper drainage. These inexpensive terra cotta containers come with a hole in the bottom of the pot to allow excess water to drain. Avoid having herbs sit in water for any length of time.
- Make sure to water regularly. Herbs in pots will dry out quickly. Make sure that you have enough water so the plant doesn’t dry out.
- Planting separate herbs in separate pots allows you to treat each plant and its needs accordingly. Some herbs like more water, some prefer less. With individual pots it allows you to address each plant separately.
In exciting news, Greenworks tools is hosting another fun giveaway to celebrate going green.
Greenworks Tools is all about Earth Day. They are friendly to the environment and battery powered and they are all about cutting down on greenhouse gases. Greenworks is also asking you to take the Green Pledge and commit to a better future and to help you stay informed and to provide a place for ideas they’ve created a community Facebook page.
Today we are sharing Earth Day ideas with some of my favorite friends. Be sure to check out how they celebrated Earth Day, too!
Greenworks tools are truly built for the family. Lightweight and easy to operate, they allow everyone to get involved. All of their designs are corded or battery operated. That means there is no issue for people mixing gas correctly, spillages, or any of the other hassles that come with potentially overwhelming gas-powered tools.
• Want more chances to win? Simply @ a friend in the Greenworks Facebook post. Every friend you tag gains you another entry. For example, if you like the photo and tag 1o friends, you get 11 entries. Tag 15 friends and you get 16 chances to win.
The contest winners will be picked on Friday, April 26 at 3 pm EST. Tag as many as you want until then.
Be sure to check out the Greenworks tools section at your local Lowes.
disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Greenworks Tools.
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