Welcome to 2019! Or at least to my first blog of 2019. 😉
So here’s an interesting thing I read the other day: according to Strava, which is an app for runners and cyclists, most folks give up on their New Year’s resolutions by Jan. 12. Something like 75 or 80 percent. Isn’t that amazing?
In spite of that, I’m going out on a limb to ask you to make another New Year’s resolution because I think it won’t be too hard to keep. At least it won’t involve going to the gym five times a week or passing up that chocolate lava cake because you’re on a diet. Ready?
Be kinder to Mother Earth.
We are big on environmentalism and conservation here at Warner’s Nursery. It’s why a lot of our Mud Club events for kids focus on the topic. In fact on Saturday, Feb. 19, we’ll be talking about the three R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle – and for a fun hands-on craft, the kids will be taking water bottles and turning them into aquariums! It’s also why we offer workshops and classes on everything from composting to attracting pollinators and wildlife with your garden.
If you aren’t sure how to be greener in 2019, here are three simple ideas to get you started.
- Bring your canvas or tote bags with you when you go shopping – and remember to use them! Don’t leave them in the car (I’ve been guilty of this). First of all, these bags are way sturdier than those flimsy plastic ones, they tend to hold more items and they won’t wind up in the landfill.
- Detox your home. If you want to improve the air quality in your house, go through your cleaning products and substitute harsh chemical cleaners with eco-friendly alternatives. You’d be amazed what a little white vinegar and baking soda can do!
- Plant a tree. Spring will be here sooner than you expect and it’s the perfect time to add a little leafy splendor to your backyard. You’ll improve the air quality as trees add oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide, plus you’ll be giving shelter and food to birds and small animals. Also, if one of your other New Year’s resolutions was to reduce stress, trees can help; they are proven to make people feel more relaxed and happier.
It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution that will not only help you but the world in general.
Go green in ’19 – you won’t regret it.
See you soon,