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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Reduce…Reuse…Recycle!

GOOD READ

Green Living, Environmental Magazine, eds., Penguin Group, 2005

Would you like to help reduce waste, consume less energy, and decrease our use of the earth's natural resources? If you don't know where to start, here are some simple ideas for making your life greener and protecting our environment.

  • Use a rain barrel to collect water for your garden.
  • Build a rain garden to intercept and slow runoff, absorb or trap pollutants, and attract wildlife.
  • Grow a vegetable garden or buy locally-grown produce at a farmers' market.
  • Start a compost pile or worm bin. Compost yard and garden waste and kitchen vegetable scraps. Use your compost's black gold in your garden.
  • Mulch your garden. It is moisture-retentive and a natural fertilizer.
  • Create a backyard wildlife habitat and get it certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
  • Plant a tree. Its shade and evaporative cooling will let you use less air conditioning.
  • Use organic fertilizers and pesticides to avoid adding toxic chemicals to the environment. Learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Follow application directions carefully.
  • Recycle newspapers to save trees. Use them as mulch, in your worm bin, or recycle them at a center.
  • Teach your children to recycle. Help them start a recycling program at their school, including composting.
  • Install a graywater system. Reusable graywater makes up 60-65% of the total indoor water consumption in an average American home. Graywater reuse can cut water consumption by 30% for the average family of four.

This article provided courtesy of the Fayette County Master Gardeners, Lexington, KY