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Margaret Hartley's Greenpoint
by Margaret Hartley


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Ideas on greener living

A fresh look at the world — with delete button handy

I'd take better pictures if my subjects didn't run away.

Looking for used clothes for my kid to outgrow

Growing children can be forgiven for not getting the full life cycle out of clothing. The rest of us tend to be more fickle, buying stuff we don’t need and chucking stuff that’s perfectly wearable.

You can grow veggies in the smallest of spaces

You don’t need a garden to grow a little of your own food. You can plant peppers and tomatoes in containers, potatoes in garbage cans, beans and peas on trellises near your porch.

Recycling cats and cabinets to complete a home

We find a lot of stuff dumped on the side of the road, and a lot of it we pick up to recycle, dispose of more properly or, sometimes, bring home to use ourselves.

Hand-fed animals friendly — and have minds of their own

We like to hand feed and handle the animals as much as possible, to keep them tame and friendly. We talk to them a lot too, and are convinced that the more they hear, the more they understand.

Icy yards, tropical greenhouses: I’m waiting for the thaw

I swear, as soon as that skating rink on my vegetable garden melts, I’m planting my peas.

Saving the world, one bean, one frying pan at a time

Useful things that last a hundred years — that’s way better than trying to figure out how to recycle stuff that breaks.

Winter's too confusing. Bring on spring

Onions in the windows! The planting season has begun.

Fuel prices drop, but use of alternatives still rising

In the past couple of weeks, oil dropped to its lowest level in 12 years. And despite the price drop, use of alternative fuels keeps growing, and that’s encouraging.

Have we reached "peak stuff?"

"Peak stuff" is not a new term, but it’s pretty apt for a typical Western lifestyle, with our basements and attics stuffed with perfectly good stuff we have no daily need for.

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