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Spring is on its way

2013 April 16

By: Jayne

Spring is on its way, and of course that means lots of planting; so I’d like to share some ideas with you on planting in your own community. Planting flowers, bushes, trees, and vegetables can be very beneficial for you. For instance, at my school, we are working on planting flowers in the shape of our school logo, SH. It’s an easy way to show school spirit in a eco-friendly way. You could even be a little more creative by using flowers with your school colors. But the planting doesn’t have to stop there- having vegetable gardens is another excellent idea for a home or school. Where I go to school we have a special day each year where we harvest our vegetables and eat them for lunch. The vegetables we usually plant are tomatoes, lettuce, and basil. In the past we’ve planted pumpkins as well. By doing this in your home, you can save money when buying groceries, and have fresh food whenever you like. So use your green thumb this spring and plant something in your town!

Jayne is a Junior High student in Sleepy Hollow, NY and has an interest in environmental protection.  She is a proud member of the Environmental Action Club at her school.

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. Shamim Ahmed permalink
    April 25, 2013

    Spring is on its way: Glorious sun-kissed daffodils herald end of winter

  2. KMK Real Estates permalink
    May 8, 2013

    Great idea as you are working on planting flowers in the shape of our school logo thanks a lot

  3. Mani permalink
    May 8, 2013

    Planting plants is very important as it is essential for all life on Earth. Plants bring food, water, air (oxygen), habitat for the insect and animals,and help with the climate, so making this small step by planting plants at your school is a good step toward saving the environment from the being destroyed. Plants provide food for all life forms from humans to small insect, they provide oxygen as a by product of photosynthesis, regulate the water cycle, helping the distribute and purify drinking water, and help to keep the balance in climate as they help to store carbon, helping to keep the carbon dioxide produced from burning of fossil fuels out of the atmosphere. Like Jane, and her schools attempt to help the environment, my school has also helped to contribute to the restoration of the environment as we collaborate with Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Coastal Roots Restoration program. This program establish wetland plant nurseries at schools around the state. In these nurseries, we plant native seedlings that we will eventually plant in a coastal restoration project in Louisiana, which is, in my school’s case, City Park. This is our attempt to restore the environment.

    • Mani permalink
      May 20, 2013

      Planting plants is very important as it is essential for all life on Earth. Plants bring food, water, air (oxygen), habitat for the insect and animals,and help with the climate, so making this small step by planting plants at your school is a good step toward saving the environment from the being destroyed. Plants provide food for all life forms from humans to small insect, they provide oxygen as a by product of photosynthesis, regulate the water cycle, helping the distribute and purify drinking water, and help to keep the balance in climate as they help to store carbon, helping to keep the carbon dioxide produced from burning of fossil fuels out of the atmosphere. Like Jane, and her schools attempt to help the environment, my school has also helped to contribute to the restoration of the environment as we collaborate with Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Coastal Roots Restoration program. This program establishes wetland plant nurseries at schools around the state. In these nurseries, we plant native seedlings that we will eventually plant in a coastal restoration project in Louisiana, which is, in my school’s case, City Park. This is our attempt to restore the environment.

  4. Thomas permalink
    May 16, 2013

    Be sure that when you’re planting, you’re not using too much fertilizer. Contrary to what some people believe, using more fertilizer won’t help your plants. In fact, if you’re using fertilizer in the spirit of planting to help the environment, you’re really just hurting the environment. Using too much fertilizer can cause the nutrients in the fertilizer to runoff into surrounding soils or even bodies of water. These nutrients can cause algae to bloom and subsequently die off in bodies of water, which can cause the dissolved oxygen content of the water to decrease. So, be careful not to use a lot of fertilizer.

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