Recycling is not going away
Feb13

Recycling is not going away

The front page of the Boston Sunday Globe warned of a reckoning coming for recycling in light of the proposed Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) contract that now requires participating towns to pay a processing fee. Some are hinting that we no longer should recycle because it costs more to recycle than to throw stuff away. Let’s be clear, recycling is not going away.In the 1990s, Massachusetts enacted waste bans that...

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GOING GREEN NOTEBOOK

Feb. 24: Climate Action Now Monthly GatheringThe event is 7 to 9 p.m. at First Churches of Northampton, 129 Main St. Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history. Everyone is welcome, everyone is needed. Accessible/on bus line. Enter through the side door on Center Street.The March meeting of Climate Action Now is set for Monday, March 23, 8 to 10...

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Time to say bye-bye to peat moss
Feb13

Time to say bye-bye to peat moss

Associated Press It may be time to say goodbye to Pete in the garden. Peat Moss, that is.Peat has been a great helper for years, especially with seedlings. It’s made our potting mixes better able to hold both water and air, so important for confined roots, and it’s helped grab onto some nutrients that would have otherwise washed out the bottom of pots.Out in the garden, peat has been similarly helpful. It’s helped acidify the soil for...

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The treasure trove
Feb13

The treasure trove

Staff Writer Nearly 2,000 items can be found at Castle Architecture Salvage in Northampton, many of which can become the centerpiece of a room or simply add a little accent here and there.Castle, located at 7 Pearl St., opened in the spring of 2017 with a room full of vintage and antique furnishings and decor. Passersby may have noticed a large red London telephone booth or a replica electrical chair by peering in the storefront...

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Opt for fundamentals, not flash, when shopping for plants
Feb13

Opt for fundamentals, not flash, when shopping for plants

Associated Press Gardeners skimming the newly arrived 2020 seed catalogs should probably spend less time on the tempting photographs and more time focusing on what retailers call “shopping filters.” That means selecting plants based on their performance rather than their flash.“Having some facts about what a plant needs and how it can be used in the garden certainly makes the gardener have better odds of starting with the right...

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What do birds need to thrive?
Feb13

What do birds need to thrive?

For Going GreenWhat do birds need to thrive? And does it matter if the plants in our yards are native to the East Coast? Those were the questions Dr. Desiree L. Narango asked for her Ph.D. research — and she learned some startling things. She focused on just one bird, the chickadee, in the D.C. Metro area. She found that over two-thirds of the vegetation in the area needs to be native plants to maintain their population, and 90...

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