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Enjoy Earth Day

Earth Day 2017
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Earth Day 2017

Saturday, April 22 — earth day started on April 22, 1970.

Dear Readers, There are no ads in Greeneroo blog posts. Why? I hope that we can share information, rather than pushing you to BUY something. I do like to let you know about really cool books, but I’d really rather have you go outside and have some fun!

Happy Earth Day!!  — the editor

Some activities:

Enjoy a meatless meal! Why? Pasture and alfalfa – the food for cattle to graze on are two of the highest water using plants. Save water, eat a veggie meal.

Plant a Tree! Why? Trees help keep soil in place, they provide homes for many animals and birds, they produce air for us to breath and they provide shade in the summer. A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, remove harmful particulates in the air – wow!

Take a Walk! Why? Discover your neighborhood and meet your neighbors.  You’ll learn more about the history of the area, and what other people near you like to do. I often share mint from my garden with people that pass by.

Plant a seed! Why? You’ll learn more about how plants germinate (sprout) and grow. You’ll be responsible for watering and caring for your plant.  You’ll learn about how seeds really look different from one type of plant to the next.

Turn off your lights, Computer, TV, Washer, Dryer and think about walking/ biking rather than driving! Why? Trying out new methods of doing something are the first step of making a healthy habit. Use less energy, turn off the lights and other devices when you aren’t using them.

Don’t buy anything on Earth day! Why? We tend to buy what we want rather than what we need. This leads to throwing so much stuff away. Millions of pounds of clothing are tossed in the trash each year, by people who “bought it … but didn’t need it”!

Type “parks in California” in your computer browser (substitute your STATE for California or write in your Zip code)  Why?  You’ll get a list of parks. Get outside and have some fun! You’ll feel better and you may meet some friends that live near you.  Now that you have a list of places close enough to walk to and enjoy! I used the zip code and found 5 parks that are great and I can walk to each one!

Go to a Farmer’s market. Why? These open air markets are so much fun. You can taste things you have never tried, make friends with a farmer and buy local fruits, vegetables, nuts other stuff that is tasty and fresh. Remember to bring a reusable bag to put your purchases in.

For each of the suggestions, there are many more reasons to try out the activity. Can you think of other reasons to try something new or go outdoors and play?  I bet you can.

Some links to enjoy:

  • www.filoli.org  – beautiful estate and garden in Woodside, CA
  • parks.smcgov.org/san-bruno-mountain – San Bruno mountain is often ignored, commuters say they drive past it all the time. But they don’t stop. It has great hikes, picnic tables, views of SF and flowers to enjoy.
  • birding.sequoia-audubon.org – the audobon society has bird watching information and events everywhere!
  • www.discovery.com/…/1-top-10-most-amazing-hikes-in-north-america – take a hike, learn more!  The Sierra Club has many hikes.

Get Inspired: Garden!

GREAT gardening article:

Today.com, “Gardening 101: Everything you need to know to plant a thriving garden” (posted 3/18/16)

There is so much information in this article (how to, choosing plants, tools), but these natural pest elimination  recipes are great – make your own:

Insect repellent: In a large pot, mix two heads of crushed garlic, 3 cups of crushed mint leaves, 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper and 12 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Let the mixture sit overnight and then strain it into a couple of spray bottles, adding a few squirts of dish soap to each. This should yield 12 cups of liquid.

Weed killer: This is as easy as filling a spray bottle with white vinegar and adding a teaspoon of dish soap. Be careful when spraying this solution because it can kill your plants too.

If you love to garden … or … need some encouragement, this is the place to be!

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show | March 16-20, 2016


Held each spring at the San Mateo Event Center, the show covers more than five acres and includes full-sized showcase gardens, floral designs and loads of ideas, discussions, talks, pamphlets and experts galore!


Pacific Nurseries – Open to the Trade

Pacific Nurseries!  This place is a great resource for plants that thrive in the SF Bay Area. They have a knowledgeable staff, a HUGE selection, they research an order things they don’t have.  Just talking a walk around their extensive gardens is wonderful.

They will select and box up phone orders into will-call — this is a HUGE time savings.


It’s easy to find – the main entrance at 2499 Hillside Boulevard, Colma CA.
They are on the right hand side across from Holy Cross Cemetery.

Pacific Nurseries has offered plants, service and satisfaction since 1869



  • Tellur Fenner
    Saturday, April 3, 2010
    10:30 – 5:30

As the rains begin to recede and the days lengthen, we are reminded that spring has arrived. All around, lush carpets of green span the horizon as many plants begin their annual ascent towards the sun. Join us as we explore the diverse array of medicinal plants found growing throughout this vibrant landscape. Roots, barks, and the succulent edible “greens” of the season will be the primary focus of our study. The morning session will consist of a lecture/slide-show highlighting the basic taxonomic and chemical characteristics of selected medicinal plants. After lunch we will carpool to a nearby natural area in order to observe, experience, and discuss many of the medicinal plants found growing there. Medicinal uses, identification tips, preparation methods, harvesting ethics, and botanical safety issues will be addressed on our walk. Anyone curious about the healing potential of our local flora will find this class not only insightful, but self empowering as well.

Registration: http://bountifulspring.eventbrite.com or call 650-493-6072
Bring: lunch, water, notebook, camera, warm clothes and hat.

About Common Ground: Located in Palo Alto just off El Camino, they give classes all year long. Parking is difficult, but there are many side streets in this residential area  and you’d be best off parking a few blocks away and walking.  Plan to get there a few minutes early.

About the Instructor: Tellur is a clinical herbalist/educator and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S while studying, collecting, and using plant medicines from all the major bioregions. He is an herbalist of the “generalist” persuasion, and believes in the importance of an interdisciplinary practice which integrates the study of botany, pharmacy, physiology, and other medical sciences. Tellur is the owner/director of the Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic located in Oakland, CA. You can be a FAN on FaceBook and hear more about what they do.

Plants Galore!

Go to the SF Botanical Garden – Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park – it is open daily, 365 days a year and is free to the public. There is so much to do in this beautiful place, you can enjoy the area, plants, smells, guided tours, bookstores. You may become so inspired that you’ll want to be a member. This is a great place to teach children to love plants and enjoy the  diversity of nature.

Something is always blooming, it is a wondeful peaceful place to relax.

Succulent Gardens

The quality, abundance and diversity of the plants in the growing grounds at the Succulent Gardens  is astonishing. These plants are on display at various events such as the SF Flower and Garden show and Sunset Magazine Open house. They have a demo garden. 2133 Elkhorn Rd. Castroville, CA. I hope that one day they will have “overnight” parties just like the Monterey Bay Aquaium does. Imagine falling asleep and being surrounded by the most beautiful succulents in all sizes and colors. Wow.