30(+) Ways to Apartment Sustainability

June 11, 2017

So you live in an apartment and are convinced that there is nothing you can do to live more sustainably…. Think again. Here are thirty plus things you can do to help lighten the load on the planet and fill your world with joyful sustainability: BE JOYFUL. Plant a kitchen herb garden or container garden […]

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Don’t Just Talk About Recycling – DO IT!

February 24, 2017

Sitting in my favorite coffee shop I hear… Boy says to girl: “You like the idea of recycling but you don’t actually participate” Girl says: ‘WHAT!” Boy says: “You claim to use recycled bags but you always come home with plastic!” Girl says: “Ugh” and leaves. Boy looks bewildered and orders coffee. Ouch! There are […]

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The Making of a Meadow – End of Year

February 9, 2017

The Year: Overall Success Overall, the quickie meadow was a success; the family and their visitors loved the color, vibrancy, and feel of the meadow. It sheltered wildlife and provided breeding habitat and food sources for many pollinators including Monarchs, native bees and honeybees. The paths that wind through the grass make it a place […]

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The Making of a Meadow – Fall

February 2, 2017

October: A Surprise The planned third mowing was supposed to happen the second week of October. And then I started to see more Monarchs, Swallowtails, other orange and yellow butterflies and moths, grasshoppers, Praying Mantises, Bumblebees, Honeybees, Wasps, and Finches.  The construction-road portion of the meadow was flowering like mad, and the existing meadow flowers […]

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The Making of a Meadow – Summer

January 23, 2017

July: The Meadow Becomes a Garden The paths are a success! The family walks them every day and says that, “Those paths make the meadow a garden. It is really beautiful – a place to get away.” The existing field was clearly dominated by cool season grasses that went dormant in the heat of the […]

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An Inaugrural Message

January 20, 2017
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The Making of a Meadow – Spring

January 16, 2017

The meadow is ever changing with spring bringing new life and optimism. April: Order Seeds, Wait and Maintain April came and went and construction was still not complete; the construction road was still full of construction material, rocks, and debris and it was still hard as a rock.  Fewer tufts of grass grew in spots […]

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The Making of a Meadow – Winter

January 9, 2017

January: Research Meadows mean different things to different people.  What I mostly find is that folk think you buy a meadow-in-a can product at the local hardware store, toss it on some tilled land, and, poof, you have a meadow – what is so hard about that? One of the biggest problems is the seeds […]

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The Making of a Meadow

January 2, 2017

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘meadow’? I have been asking people that question and consistently the answers include: ‘children running and laughing,’ ‘grass waving,’ ‘a few flowers sprinkled about,’ and then, ‘you don’t see many of those any more.’ It seems that a meadow is a sensory experience – hearing happiness, […]

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year everyone. Last night we stood on the roof and watched fireworks along the Delaware River. The displays were nearly constant from the Ben Franklin Bridge all the way around the city to what looked like Chester. It was a beautiful way to welcome in 2017.  Full of joy, celebration and optimistic anticipation […]

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