Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day 2012

It's Earth Day once again.  How did that year spin by so fast?  A lot has happened in my life in that time, and I'm sure it has in yours, too.
We all love our Earth.  It's so beautiful with its green and blue on the outside.  Move a little closer and you see all the colors of the rainbow, both in geography and people. For me today is a time to reflect on the Earth and what we can do as individuals to make it better.
Each year I try to go a step forward in doing my part. I now use organic sprays on my fruit trees, try to encourage bees to come live in my garden, put up lots of bird houses and feeders, and water only when necessary.  Today I am finally taking another step I have always wanted to do.  I am buying a compost maker. We have had many plans to make our own compost pile in the past, but when you live in the city, it's not always an option. Although I do live at the start of the north woods in Michigan, ( I'm actually in the Manistee National Forest area) I am still in a suburban setting, where all houses have large 2 acre lots. I could have a compost pile if I wanted, but it would take away precious space from the areas that I have plans for other projects; therefore, we decided to buy a small composter.  Just enough for the two of us and our leftovers. It's just one more step to going green. Compost makers save on your garbage accumulation, and at the same time makes something wonderful for your garden know as "black gold."
Next I'm saving for a  rain barrel, but that's for another day.
So you see, you don't have to jump right in and do everything at once that is on your list for helping the earth.  Just make a start.  If each of us does one little thing and sticks to it, it will make a big difference.
Go ahead and take that first step.  You'll be proud of yourself and Mother Earth will be proud of you, too! Happy Earth Day!

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