Jan, at the beautiful thanksfor2day blog, is very kindly offering a free Fiskars rain barrel to one lucky participant in her "Keep Mother Earth Green" challenge (in honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2010). In this contest, garden bloggers were asked to write about what they are doing to keep their environment green. I've been thinking about this question ever since she posed it and feel like I've come up a bit short?
The biggest and best thing I do is recycle. According to our city newsletter, our town has one of the most active recycling centers in the country. I can believe it by the size of the blue recycling cart I roll out to the curb compared to the gray trash can:
Everything gets dumped into the cart without being sorted ~ how EASY is that? With them doing the sorting there is no excuse not to recycle. Items in good condition, that can't be recycled in the cart, I try to donate to Goodwill, etc. I figure the more things I keep out of the landfill, the better, right?
As you all know, I also tend a garden and nurture the plants in my yard, trying to provide more natives and wildlife friendly choices every year. Hand in hand with gardening, at least in my book, is feeding the birds. Different feed is provided year round; seed & suet during the winter months, nectar and jelly in the summer months. Water is a constant thanks to a bird bath heater. Until I installed one, I never knew how much it would be appreciated/used ~ now I can't imagine not having a heater.
One thing I don't do, but would like to, is compost. I've been thinking about it for years but haven't ever acted upon the thought. I think the garden would thank me for it if I could ever get it started. My garbage disposal would get a lot less use too! :-)
I think that wraps it up for me. Thanks again to Jan for offering such wonderful gifts and prizes and for making us more conscious about our carbon footprint. Hop over to her blog if you would like to check out the contest or maybe even participate.