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5 Ways to Green Your Yard and Garden

Photo courtesy of
‘The Lawnmower Man (197/365)’
courtesy of ‘NomadicLass’

You may think that grass and veggies are inherently green, but a new guide tells you how to make yours even greener.

The Climate-Friendly Gardener: A Guide to Combating Global Warming from the Ground Up, tells you how to lock carbon dioxide in the soil so it doesn’t heat the atmosphere.

“Gardening practices alone won’t solve global warming, but they can move us in the right direction, just like installing super efficient light bulbs and using reusable bags,” said Karen Perry Stillerman, a DC-based senior analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists Food and Environment Program, which released the guide.

Tips include avoiding chemicals and motorized equipment, planting trees and shrubs so they shade your house and block wind, minimizing fertilizer and water use on your lawn, composting, and planting winter crops.

The Daily Feed, We Green DC

Truly Local Eating: A Homegrown Salad

Yard Salad

Talk about a homegrown recipe. Local blogger Mary K. of Herban Lifestyle shows you how to make a beautiful salad with a few cultivated herbs, and greens that may be growing wild in your back yard this very minute, such as garlic mustard, dandelion leaves and violets. (Just make sure they are chemical free.)

Who needs a lawn mower? Check out her recipe!

Arlington, The Daily Feed

My Neighbor, Li’l Abner – an Update

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Honestly – it looks like Dogpatch across the street. The dumpster disappeared quite a while ago but in preparation for our big-ass storm we are getting even as type this, my neighbor erected a couple half-ass erosion prevention screens and ran his drainage hoses from the basement outside. And he left a bunch of extra hose there for good measure.

The erosion screens laid down when the rain started and are now allowing a steady stream of brown water to run across them. D for effort, F for trying to fix it.

Twenty bucks to a bucket of muddy runoff says it will look like this long after the storm passes.

What’s your neighborhood look like?