March On!

hello march printed paper on white surface
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Okay, I have to admit, that is kind of a hokey title, but it was the best I could come up with for this post.  First of all, if you can get your hands on this month’s copy of “O, The Oprah Magazine”, by all means do so.  It contains an article listing 31 actions that we can take to make the world a better place.  It is a treasure trove of positive ideas, all worthwhile.

When you are finished with it, please consider sharing it.

Also March is the month when people start planning their lawn strategies.  Someone, somewhere decided that solid green lawns were something to aspire to.  I remember seeing signs asking people not to step on the grass, since it produced oxygen, which in fact it does not.  Grass does not produce much net oxygen, in fact, when grass dies, it releases carbon dioxide.  Clover fixes nitrogen in the soil, thus reducing the need for nitrogen fertilizer.  And dandelions, the bane of every lawn-growers existence, are actually much more beneficial than grass.  Grass needs huge amounts of water, fertilizer and constant maintenance.  Dandelions pretty much grow on their own, (you knew that, right?) require no maintenance, and are one of the first foods available in the Spring for bees and other pollinators.  Dandelions are a triple benefit plant: the greens are edible, the flowers can be used for wine, and they provide food for the bees.  And believe it or not, dandelions are actually good for your lawn.  Their roots actually break through hard-packed soil to help aerate the earth and reduce erosion.  Their deep tap roots pull up calcium and other nutrients and make them available to other plants.  You know the old saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  Give your wallet and the planet a break and let these little darlings bloom.

See you later,

Cindy

“Every individual matters.  Every individual has a role to play.  Every individual makes a difference.”                                                                                                      Jane Goodall

yellow dandelion flower

 

 

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