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Environmental New Year

   Prairiewoods is starting a monthly Environmental Lunch Group open to anyone who has a passion about environmental issues or the curiosity to learn more.

   Presentations will be facilitated while participants eat lunch.

   A different topic will be presented each month. Lunch is served at noon. The presentation begins at 12:15, with discussion ending by 1 p.m. The first three lunches are:

   Friday, Jan. 9 – The real truth about eating locally

   Thursday, Feb. 12 – Green alternative household cleaners

   Tuesday, March 17 – The hazards of plastic and green solutions.

Preregistration is required for a lunch count by 5 p.m. the day before the event. Fee is $8 for lunch, or bring your own lunch at no cost.

   Prairiewoods is at 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha, Iowa. To contact Prairiewoods, call Mary Ellen Dunford at (319) 395-6700.

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What does worm poop look like?

   Only a gardener could get excited by a call to test out vermicompost, a.k.a., worm poop.  Such was the case when James Artis of TerraCycle, makers of the “world’s most eco-friendly products,” offered to send a sample of his company’s products.  Worms create some of the richest fertilizer around and I hadn’t used any since Stacie Johnson suspended her vermicompost business in Robins several years ago.

    In a package sent to The Gazette this week, Artis sent samples of some of TerraCycle’s newer items,  including cleaners and a cool-looking flower pot made from recycled computer plastic that would otherwise end up in the landfill. But I didn’t see what I expected: the brown, crumbly matter that I knew as vermicompost. Another call from James revealed the answer: the company’s worm poop is in liquid form. Packaged in a reused, 20-ounce soda bottle, I  didn’t recognize it for the fertilizer that it was.

   The product promises to not burn your plants and can be used on both indoor plants and outdoor gardens.   It’s available online for $6.95 at Gardener’s Supply company. 

    I’ll be testing it out through this summer, so watch the Homegrown blog for more on this natural fertilizer, as well as the cleaners. Check out more on TerraCycle at:

“World’s Most Eco-Friendly Products: www.terracycle.net/products 
 
 
 

 

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