Tag: green

Watering properly is key to healthy plants — and conservation

We’ve been fortunate this summer — so far — with a fair amount of rain that’s been keeping lawns green and gardens growing. Still, there are times when plants need a little more than Mother Nature is providing.  We’ve blogged many times about using rain barrels to help conserve water, but watering properly also helps…

World Water Day asks: Why waste water?

Wednesday, March 22 is World Water Day. This year’s theme is wastewater — or, more specifically, wasting water. It’s a topic that’s definitely worth a deeper look. Here are some quick facts and figures from World Water Day: (For even more, click on this downloadable World Water Day fact sheet) More than 80 percent of wastewater…

When it’s time to toss the tree, keep it green

The holidays are almost over and you’re tired of vacuuming up pine needles five times a day. When it’s time to take   down that tree, though, don’t just toss it out with the trash — consider a more eco-friendly solution instead. Residents of Bethlehem and Allentown can set their tree out for curbside pickup…

Keep your holiday greens green

We’ve written before about the pros and cons of fake vs. artificial trees (real trees win — artificial trees are made up of plastics and heavy metals) — but what do you do to keep wreaths and trees green through the holiday season? We did some digging and compiled a few tips from Rodale’s Organic…

Earth Day events — can you dig it?

Next Wednesday (April 22) is Earth Day. Are you doing something special for the planet? It could be as simple as keeping that new year’s resolution to recycle more, or vowing (and keeping your vow) to take shorter showers.  Over the next two weeks, there are celebrations and events across the Lehigh Valley. We’ve gathered…

This soil amendment wiggles as it works

Do you have worms? No, not the kind that calls for a visit to a vet or a doctor. The kind that crawl, mostly unseen, in the soil of your garden, lawn, and flowerbeds. They’re a wonder of nature; veritable living cultivators that churn through hard and soft soil alike, providing nutrients, breaking down organic…

What’s on the menu? Weeds!

While you’re weeding your garden this spring, take a closer look at the plants you’re pulling. Chances are, you can put some of those space invaders to work — on your table.  A surprising number of plants we call “weeds” are actually edible, healthful, and even quite tasty. Dandelions, for instance, make an excellent salad green…

How “green” is your Christmas tree?

It’s the holiday season, and for a large number of Americans — including many of us here at LCA — that means it’s time to put up a Christmas tree. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, between 25 million and 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year. On the…

Turning trash into treasure

Waste is a fact of life. In the kitchen, it doesn’t matter whether you’re slicing a tomato or cutting up a cucumber, peeling an apple or paring a pear, there are leftover skins and seeds to scrap. There are coffee grounds to contend with; eggshells to eliminate; paper towels to pitch. Then there’s all the…