Earth Calendar for February 3rd and February 4th

Feb 3, 2014

During the winter months, salt and sand applied to our roads, driveways and sidewalks contribute to lake and stream pollution.  

Fifty pounds of salt – one large bag – can pollute 10,000 gallons of water.  That’s equivalent to one teaspoon of salt in a five-gallon bucket of water.  Many cities and states are working to reduce salt use while still keeping streets and sidewalks safe. Using less salt at home will help protect water quality in your neighborhood – and it will save money, too!  Shovel first. Clear away as much snow and ice as possible before you use a deicer. Only use deicers on ice, not snow.  Read the label and use salt sparingly. Use about 30 percent less salt by wetting it with some water before applying it to icy patches.
Know your stuff. There are many types of deicers and they perform differently at different temperature ranges. The most common deicer, sodium chloride (“rock salt”), only melts ice to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Magnesium chloride and calcium chloride cost more, but work in colder temperatures.

On Our Calendar:  Ready, Set, Grow – Get Growing series.  Turner Farm's six-part series of gardening classes will get you ready for the next growing season, whether you are new to gardening or just want to refresh you knowledge, get in gear, and ask some questions.  Classes are Thursday nights 6:30 pm. and run through March 6th.  Questions, registration and directions by calling 513-561-7400

Turner Farm also invites the public to their February 8th Open House.  See the newly renovated preschool wing, tour the classrooms and outdoor spaces and meet  parent & child and preschool teachers. Contact Karen Crick, Enrollment Director for more information or please, just drop in between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. All are welcome.