Mushrooms in Lawn Grass

Mushrooms in your Lawn? Good!

May 9, 2017

Don’t worry, mushrooms are good! They indicate good soil health plus they help decompose wood bits, leaves, and debris to build better soil. Mushrooms are beneficial to your yard and trees – and are not harmful. If you don’t like the look of them, simply pluck them out when you see them. 🙂 Underground, below […]

Starting Onion Seeds indoors in wet paper towels or coffee filters

Starting Seeds Indoors in Wet Paper Towels or Coffee Filters

February 23, 2017

  If you want to start vegetables from seeds in your garden, but have trouble keeping the soil moist until seeds germinate, here’s a simple solution: germinate the seeds by folding seeds into a paper towel, getting it damp, and storing in a reusable container until the seeds germinate. Once their green heads and white […]

Composting in Denver

January 29, 2017

The city of Denver hopes to expand the composting program, making it available city-wide in 2017-18, with the ultimate goal of removing the fee. Currently, we pay $107 a year extra for this service at our house, which is not a small amount, but we LOVE it. With 18 trees and a large corner lot lawn, we have a […]

Good Environmental News

Mexico’s President Safeguards 160 million Acres for Environmental Conservation!

December 8, 2016

Wonderful! On December 5th, 2016 at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity being held in Cancun, Mexico’s President, Pena Nieto, signed decrees creating four new biological reserves and five other areas – protecting 160 million acres for environmental conservation! Additionally, Mexico is joining a group of nations that have made commitments to protect 10% of […]

Mining blocked near Yellowstone

30,000 acres in Paradise Valley in Yellowstone Protected

November 21, 2016

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel has announced that U.S. officials are blocking new mining claims in 30,000 acres north of Yellowstone, an area called Paradise Valley. While this is just a short-term ban for 2 years, they are recommending considering a long-term ban. This was in response to two proposed mine locations – one […]

Katydid Eggs in Denver, Colorado in October 2016

Katydid Eggs!

October 31, 2016

Have you ever seen Katydid eggs? I found these on our fence post in Denver this week (late October). I didn’t know what these mysterious eggs were so I posted on Facebook, and some friendly entomologists identified them as Katydid eggs! Kathydids are members of the grasshopper family, they are not considered garden pests, as they feed […]

Halloween Carving - Zucchini

Carved Zucchini for Halloween

October 21, 2016

If you grow zucchini like we do, you find yourselves with an overabundance of zukes. We all know that sometimes some zucchini get overlooked and turn into garden giants! In addition to shredding these zonker zukes for zucchini bread, fritters and other culinary uses, you can also use them for Halloween decorations! Simply cut them in half, […]

Couple donates 43 Acres to Detroit Wildlife Refuge

October 18, 2016

Photo: The Blade / Andy Morrison Clarice and Clive Taylor donated 43 acres of wetlands, woodlots and planted grasslands to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be added to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The site, previously a soybean farm, took over 15 years for the Taylors to acquire and restore the land with a ton of […]

Endangered frogs rebound in Yosemite

October 5, 2016

The endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog once was very abundant in the Sierra Nevada western mountain range, but has disappeared from 93% of it’s original range. In 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service added the frogs to the endangered species list. The frogs suffered greatly when lakes were stocked with non-native fish including trout that competed for food as well as ate […]

Lacewig Eggs on Tomato Plant in Denver

Lacewig Eggs in Denver

September 19, 2016

I spotted these mysterious eggs at our community garden in Denver, and I took this photo and “googled” eggs on stalks and low-and-behold… I found out that they are Lacewig eggs! Neat! Lacewigs are great in the garden, adults feed only on nectar, pollen, and aphid honeydew, but the larvae are active predators – they […]

Good environmental news for whales

Relief in sight for whales!

July 19, 2016

Finally, some relief for the whales is in sight! It was just ruled that the sonar approved for use by the US Navy violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act, according to a San Francisco federal appeals court. This ruling is a major victory for marine mammals, and for the Marine Mammal Protection Act that protects them. […]

Denver Mattress Recycling

Denver Mattress Recycling – New Client!

July 6, 2016

I’m excited to be working with another local company, Spring Back Colorado, a Denver mattress recycling company helping save old mattresses from going into the landfill, building new mattresses with sanitized scrapped materials from the mattresses, while also helping employ the disenfranchised and those with barriers to employment in Colorado. Their mattress recycling process breaks down over 90% […]

Aerial View of the Denver Botanic Gardens

July 6, 2016

This isn’t good environmental news exactly, but something fun to see! Have you ever looked at the gardens in 3D on Google Maps? It’s beautiful! I love the look of the Monet Pool!  

Denver Farmers Market at 24th & Arapahoe

Denver Farmers Market – BIG BASH on June 25th

June 21, 2016

One of my favorite clients and favorite Farmers Market is Harry’s Urban Farmer’s Market at 24th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver. They are kicking off the summer season this Saturday, with their Big Bash on June 25th from 10am-2pm to kick off our summer market! It’s FREE, there’s FREE parking and local Colorado produce and […]

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Rain Barrels are now legal in Colorado

May 5, 2016

Good news for Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper signed a bill allowing Coloradans to use rain barrels in their yards, storing up to 110 gallons of water for outdoor use. The legislation took effect on August 10th, 2016. I’m going to install one soon! I can’t believe this was against the law in the first place, and glad […]

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Native Plants in Landscapes – Growing a Greener World Episode

February 17, 2016

One of my favorite shows, Growing a Greener World, just had an episode on native plants, it’s a very interesting and inspiring episode. Watch it in HD for free on their website: www.growingagreenerworld.com/bringing-nature-home

Manatee Population Has Rebounded 500 Percent!

January 11, 2016

Another piece of Good Environmental News from GoodNewsNetwork.org: Manatees have made a huge comeback as a result of significant improvements in habitat conditions and threat reduction. Only about 1,267 West Indian manatees could be found in Florida when surveys began in 1991. Since then, the population has increased 500 percent – to 6,300 in that state and 13,000 overall. Amidst this positive […]

Grow your own mushrooms in your yard!

November 16, 2015

Making a wood chip mushroom garden I just came across this post on milkwood.net about creating a wood chip mushroom garden. I will have to try this next summer for sure! Read more »

Power your Home by Riding this Bike!

November 16, 2015

I love riding a bike, though I avoid stationary bikes… however – this amazing invention could change my tune! I have always thought that stationary bikes should somehow use the energy we put into them, for example, a stationary bike could power a fan in front of you to cool you off while you were […]

Best Fiction Whale Book

November 12, 2015

If you want a great fast-reading fiction book about whales, look no further than Hank Searls’ book titled “Sounding“. This is a marvelous tale of a passionate, aging Sperm whale and his encounters with humans. I found this hidden gem at the thrift store, the cover of my book has a whale tale in a stormy […]