Yes, it is that time of year again where we all pause for a moment to see the damage we are personally causing to the earth and if we can fix it. I checked out several articles this last week on a variety of topics, the ones that caught my eye were about an individual’s past.
My past has some lumps and bumps in it but overall very few regrets. I think one of my biggest regrets was not paying enough to my carbon footprint when I was young. I NEVER threw trash out the window of the car (parents would have slapped me silly for a stunt like that), which is good, however; I used to trust the bug killers back then, and that was bad.
I didn’t catch on to the whole “earth-friendly” movement until the late 70’s (boo hiss). I didn’t care what I ate or where it came from as long as I didn’t have to make it – fast foodaholic! I also didn’t think twice about the plastic soda pop bottle I threw in the trash.
The thinks (yes thinks not things as it took me a while to think of them – another proud idiot moment for me – woo hoo!) I know now are:
- Reduce, recycle, reuse, repurpose everything I put my hand on. I three two are easy enough to manage, the last – repurpose – is my most fav one. I blame my mother for this! She was what we affectionately labeled her “a Dumpster Diver”!! (get out of the gutter for a moment!) She could not pass up a junk (yard) sale, junk (2nd hand) store, or even an actual dump site. It was not totally her fault. She grew up during the depression, and they learned to save everything, just in case you needed it for something at a later date. So rummaging around at flea markets, garage/yard sales, second-hand stores, and even dumps (trash places) was one of her most favorite things to do. We three sisters all have this addiction which has also passed on to my eldest sister’s son (in truth he is worse than all three of us girls combined!).
- NO CHEMICALS! Organic was the big “it” thing from decades ago. As time and governments passed, the organic certification came about. The funny thing about getting the organic certification is you can still use up to 15% chemicals on your plants (including food) and are still allowed to be called organic – bummer! We prefer “natural” because all that we do on our tiny piece of earth is natural.
- Companion planting.
- Good bug attraction planting.
- Weed removal by hand or earth-friendly methods (vinegar works great for a ton of bad weeds)
- Using other things like feeding birds to deter (eat) bad bugs, setting water out (We have a pond and a creek in our field, and a coy pond in the front yard with easy ways for the honey bees to reach the water. We also float wood in there during the hottest parts of summer in case they fall in.), allowing our goofy chickens to roam freely (might have to re-think this idea if they don’t stay out of our plots) and eat bad critters (grubs, grasshoppers, etc.), the guineas also get to roam about
- Water conservation and sustainable farming/gardening practices.
Well, once again my trusted Farmer Almanac has provided us all with some help:
15 Things YOU Can Do to Protect the Earth.
They have some of the great old standbys like eat green, waste reduction but they are also sharing ways to save with heating and cooling – nice guys!! Oh, and I love the “Remember Mom’s Advice” part – my mom was full of them! In fact, thinking back now, I do not think there was a single conversation with mom that did not carry some type of mom-ism in it.
My final thought on this wonderful Earth Day 2017: (you must sing this…) It’s not easy being green. Having to be the same color as the leaves and the trees… (Don’t you just love Kermit the Frog!)