Recycling Rain Water

Today, I wanted to take a closer look at this topic. What is involved with recycling rain water? I came across the following video from the SmartPlanet.com site and I think the 2 minute plus video does a great job of explaining what is involved. Wait till you see how the water is stored. I

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Conserving water in your lawn and garden areas

With above normal temperatures in many parts of the country, water may become a precious resource this summer. It’s n0t too early to think about taking ways to conserve water. Here are some tips. Water deep a couple of times a week versus a little bit each day. This approach maximizes water in the soil

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Farmers Markets and Agri-Business

This past weekend my wife took the kids and went to the Farmer’s Markets in Omaha, Nebraska. The food is incredible and what I could not believe was the price. The prices were literally less than grocery store prices.We hear a lot of talk about eating local and growing your own food. I think more

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Helium shortage could affect many businesses

In the last few days more news surrounding the current helium shortage is being released. I was reminded of this story in my local newspaper. “Helium shortage deflates grad parties” – Omaha World-Herald, May 22, 2012. Some parts of the article really struck me: The problems began when the federal government enacted a cost-cutting law

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Green Cleaning

Source: cozi.com via Beckie on Pinterest Using some water, lemons, baking soda, salt and vinegar, you can take steps to make your home a healthier and safer one. Some good tips in this video. Are there some other items you use as part of your green cleaning? I would like to believe there are some

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The Greens and Browns of Composting

Check out this video, “Tips for  Composting” from About.com What caught my attention were the two groups of items for composting: The Greens and The  Browns. THE GREENS – This group is made up of the following items: Manure Grass Cuttings Vegetable and Fruit Scraps, Old Flowers Coffee Grounds, Filter Paper and Tea Bags Egg

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Plant Tissue Testing on Golf Courses

Plant Tissue Testing is here!!! At Midwest Laboratories we are starting to see plant tissue samples for analysis. I believe 2012 will be a big year for plant tissue testing as this spring’s warmer than normal temperatures may cause issues with plants being able to hold enough nitrogen and acquire proper nutrients from the soil.

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How to get a Green Lawn

Let the competition begin. Everyone has started mowing and fertilizing their lawns, but how will your lawn look going into summer and the fall. For me, it is all about having a dark, rich, green lawn. Check out this video. Lots of tips here. I actually perform a number of the tasks listed here. Some

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Phosphorus Free Fertilizer in Michigan

Starting the beginning of 2012,  the Michigan Fertilizer Law restricts the use of  phosphorus fertilizer on residence and commercial lawns including baseball fields and golf courses. Protecting Water Quality – Phosphorus is a naturally occurring essential nutrient for plant and animal growth. It is also a primary water quality concern in Michigan. When excess phosphorus

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Toxic Cabbage hits China

In China, cabbage is being sprayed with formaldehyde to keep the produce cool. (Source “Toxic  cabbage reports spark food safety scare  in China” Agence-France Presse) Formaldehyde — commonly used as a preservative for laboratory specimens and embalming — can be fatal if ingested and is also a cancer-causing substance. (Source “Toxic  cabbage reports spark food

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