Blog content migration

April 30, 2009

This is an archive of old posts. This blog is not being currently maintained.  If you would like to read newer posts about ways to take care of our Earth, cruise on over to Everything But the Kitchen Sink and click on the tag Green.  Happy reading!


1ooth post!

August 20, 2008

Little did I know it until I checked my stats, but Our Green Babysteps has, as of today, 100 posts on it.  Wow! Here’s to the next 100!


Solar Charger for MP3 player, phone, etc.

July 12, 2008

There is a really cool solar charger on the market for about 169 dollars. Look on the Planet Green website, and I think it was on the program “G word”. It has a lot of different adapter plugs to make it charge many different products. Sweet!

Update: I can’t seem to locate this charger on the Planet Green website right now, but I did find a link to another article that talks about solar charges.  The article is a bit outdated, but it might still point some people in the right direction. Happy charging!


My attempt at composting

May 12, 2008

Well, I have finally, officially started composting.  I had piled a lot of lawn and plant clippings in a trash can a few weeks ago, that I had kept adding to.  It was a temporary solution though, and I knew it.  Well, Tony and I went to Menards the other day, and bought some big plastic bins that I think will do the trick.  I drilled holes in the bottom for drainage, and some in the sides for air flow, which I guess is important.  Then, I transferred all of the stuff from the makeshift trash can into the two plastic bins.  And I think I wrote about my pitchfork that I purchased a while ago, so I’m set! And, I watered the stuff in the bins just a little bit, to get them going.  Now, I finally get to start adding vegetable trimmings and coffee grounds.  I did notice the other day though, that the coffee filter that I had added to the originally trash can had not yet decomposed.  Hmmm.  And I use the non-bleached ones.  Well, I guess I can take them out later if they don’t decompose.

So that’s the story folks.  If you compost, or have wanted to start a compost bin, check in, and let’s chat!


Gardening adventures

April 26, 2008

This past week, I did a massive amount of gardening, and I’m pretty proud of myself. Here’s a list of what I planted:

Fruits and Vegetables:

two kinds of lettuce
kohlrabi
corn
tomatoes (the jury is still out on the “seedlings” that I thought I discovered. Time will tell!)
zucchini
pumpkins

add to that the rhubarb and strawberries that have come back from last year

Flowers:

I filled three different planters with:

gerbera daisies
primrose
Latana Sunrise Rose
Lemon Symphony Osteospermum (don’t you love these names?)
ranunculus
dahlias (both Dalina and Dark Angel)

I must say, I am so impressed with myself. 🙂

And the daffodils (and grape hyacinths, which I didn’t know about) are still blooming, although the blooms are starting to wilt. And we have four peony plants going great guns! It seems like each time I step outside to look at them, they have grown an inch! Now I just have to hope that the weather doesn’t damage them. I’ll take pictures when they have all grown a bit more.


Increase in food prices? Here’s why

March 22, 2008
According to Chicago Methods reporter Michael T. de los Reyes, in his article ” Food may take a bigger bite out of your budget”, food prices are on the rise, as you may have noticed. Here’s why:
clipped from www.methodsreporter.com

Since late 2007 food company CEOs have mentioned “aggressive pricing” as part of their strategy for 2008. During the Feb. 19 conference of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York, Kraft Foods Inc., announced a 7 percent increase in its prices; Sara Lee Co. Inc., repeatedly mentioned “pricing the product to market”; and Archer Daniels Midland Co. was sarcastically named “the bad guy” for the sustained leap in prices of corn and wheat.

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