From Dean Dowd on April 21, 2009 in Green Remodeling
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I think were getting to the point now where pretty much every day is Earth Day. We all realize the turmoil that we have caused for our planet and that this world in which we live is responsible for our survival and, in return, we need to do everything in our power to sustain its well-being.
This year Earth Day falls on April 22 and maybe we can all go even a step further in our daily activities on this special day to show extra appreciation for this beautiful rock we call home.
Here are some fun eco-friendly things you can do on your own or with the kids to nurture our nature on Earth Day (or any other day of your choosing - really theres no wrong time to be kind to Mother Nature):
Egg Heads: use leftover egg shells from Easter (or todays breakfast - no matter). Use a Sharpee marker to make a funny face on the ½ shell, fill with potting soil or dirt from the yard. Sprinkle the soil with grass seed and top with a thin layer of soil. Water generously and place your eggs in a topless egg carton. Put the carton in or near a sunny window and watch your egg head grow a punk hairdo in about a week.
Tin Can Herb Garden: take your recycled cans back out of the bin and wash them thoroughly - sand down any rough edges so no one gets hurt. Decorate the outsides any way you choose - paint, wallpaper, stickers, etc. Puncture some drainage holes in the bottom by hammering a nail into the bottom and removing. Put a single layer of gravel in the bottom of the can and fill 2/3 full with soil. You can either transplant a small herb plant into the can or place seeds atop the soil and cover with another layer of soil and grow your own. Use a marker to decorate a popsicle stick with the name of the herb and stick it down into the soil.
Recycled Terrarium: Start your outdoor garden indoors. Use any empty clear plastic jugs you have in your recycle bin - 2-liter soda bottles or plastic juice or milk jugs work well. Cut the jug around the middle, leaving a few inches uncut to operate as a hinge. Open up the jug from your slit and fill the bottom with a few inches of soil. Plant your vegetable seed in the center and cover with about ½-inch of soil. Water with enough water to moisten all of the soil, then close up the jug with a single layer of masking tape around the slit, securing the jugs lid on top. Place the jug in an indoor sunny location. When your plant is strong enough and the weather is nice, transplant your vegetable plant into your outdoor garden.
Theme Gardens: Start a small garden with a theme in mind - you can make a salad garden, a pizza garden, or a soup garden. All you need to do is determine what you like best and what fresh ingredients youll need. For salad, you may want to start with lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, and carrots. For pizza, try tomatoes, oregano, green and red bell peppers, and basil. For soup, start with some onions, carrots, squash, and green beans.
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Movies: Perhaps youd rather just sit back and relax on Earth Day - vegetables are green, right? So, whats wrong with being a couch potato? Here are some earthy flicks: Fly Away Home, The Day After Tomorrow, March of the Penguins, Ant Bully, Erin Brockovich, Inconvenient Truth, and Wall-E.
Photo Credit: Jayel Aheram
Books: If nestling in a corner, curled up with a good book is more your style, here are some eco-edu titles to check out - (for the kids) Keepers of the Earth by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, Dear Children of the Earth: A Letter from Home by Schim Schimmel and The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers. (for you) The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards, Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet by Edward Humes, The Return of Planet-X: Wormwood by Jaysen Q. Rand and Shusei Nagaoka, Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day by Grist Magazine, Brangien Davis, and Katharine Wroth, and
One Planet: A Celebration of Biodiversity by Nicolas Hulot, Phillippe Bourseiller, Steve Bloom, and Gilles Martin.