Earth Calendar for May 28th and May 29th

May 28, 2014

Of all the water we use at home, an average of 30 percent is used for outdoor activities like watering lawns and washing cars. But in some of the hotter areas and certain times of year, that number can shoot up to 60 percent. 

Planting a water-smart garden can help you save water when temperatures heat up. Look for low water-using plants and flowers that are native to your region. Unlike some thirstier varieties, these plants require little watering beyond normal rainfall once they are established. Your local garden store or water utility may be able to help you find the right plants for your area, and you can search for native plants in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Native Plant Database.   The U.S. EPA’s WaterSense program also has some ideas for you.

On Our Calendar:  Sayler Park Village council presents Sayler Park Sustains, a free day-long celebration of community, stewardship, and sustainability. The event will include day long hands-on demonstrations in urban bee and chicken-keeping, DIY solar installation, permaculture, composting, and DIY natural household cleaners. Local bands include: The Part-Time Gentlemen, Red Cedars, The Tillers, Rob Fetters and many more! Raffles include a full backyard chicken set-up, container gardens, organic non-GMO seeds, t-shirts, CDs and DIY solar installation in-home consultation. The event is Kid-friendly and Mother Earth-approved! May 31st from 11am - 11pm at Nelson Sayler Memorial Park.  More information online.