This week’s challenge from Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints is:
One More Green Thing
This week review your activities and come up with at least one more way to live green. Similar to our energy challenge, this will be easy for “newbies” who have plenty of options to choose from and tough for seasoned “greenies” who will have to dig deep. Let’s see how green we can be.
I love when Small Footprints and I are thinking along the same lines. This week it was time to green up the gardens. As you know I have quite the struggle with my gardens. Between the birds, chipmunks, squirrels, groundhogs, bunnies and deer we never know what will survive and what won’t. While I can’t do much about Mother Nature, I can find ways to protect my gardens without harming my wildlife neighbors.
Last year, after catching a chipmunk finish off all the ripened strawberries, I resorted to covering my bed with bird netting. To me it was a gift from the gods! Yes, it’s made from polyester, but it didn’t harm the animals, allowed beneficial insects in to pollinate my plants, and didn’t block rain or sun. My happiness ended when I saw how easily it began to deteriorate this year. It has huge holes all over it and isn’t doing much to protect my plants.
I did plenty of research over the winter months to learn what plants were deer-resistant. One of the things I found repeatedly was not to worry about squashes, deer don’t like them. So I took zero precaution to cover them, other than to cut up part of a broken water hose to give the impression of snakes. This worked for my grandfather but he didn’t have deer living in the city my hoses didn’t trick these guys one bit. But back to the information that deer don’t like squashes, Ha!! The deer love my squashes as much as the tulip bulbs I planted last fall.
I mentioned last week that I decided to try 3 things I found suggested as natural deterrents. Not just one of the ideas but all three. Dog hair, plastic bag, and an old CD. I was so excited I told you how my squashes are now doing fantastic, no more salad bar for the deer.
Then this morning I went out to check the garden, boy do I need to get back to the weeding, and found the squashes were doing fine still, but the deer simply moved further down the garden beds to start munching away on the watermelons and pumpkins and have even taken to eating the leaves off a baby maple tree.
Not being in the mood to look for dead branches to cut down and plant through the gardens I spotted some tall stakes a neighbor purchased to support her bird netting. I asked if I could use them and was told I could use anything she has out there, I knew that but wanted to be polite by asking. I used the stakes and a spool of polyester thread I inherited with my grandmothers sewing machine more than a decade ago to string up old CDs. While I could only come up with 4, I have more on the way after asking around to add to the string.
A couple of the discs slid along the thread closer to the stakes which now hits the wooden stakes making a noise the deer, I hope, won’t like either. Yes, I used some polyester thread, but I believe a little thread which was already on hand, stakes no one needed, and plastic CDs which might have ended up in the trash is being greener than purchasing bird netting which is A LOT of new polyester and will only hold up one season. An added plus is that nothing out here can harm the animals. They would knock the stakes out before they could get hurt on the thread. I wanted very much to pack in the stakes with some concrete, but worried the thread could harm the deer if it was too securely set.
Besides the garden, I took the No Plastic In July Challenge.
I can report that I have been plastic free for a week now, in that time I have also had zero waste. I know I can’t have zero waste every week nor can I avoid new plastics coming into my home every day, but I feel good knowing I have made it a week on both challenges.
Small Footprints is right, it does get harder to find new ways to lighten our presence on the planet, but new situations will still show up when you least expect it which will challenge you to think creatively to find a solution.
Is there something you can do to make your life just a bit more green?