Living Green Events February
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GREENER CHOICES REDUCE HAZARDS IN THE HOUSEHOLD - Everyday products may invite harmful chemicals into your home or garden.
- Read our February Sustainability Savings Tip: Are you unknowingly bringing toxins into your home?
- Our next Household Hazardous Waste Event is Sat. April 14th.
- Learn more about the SAFER CHOICE label.
~ SUSTAINABILITY NEWS ~
Mesa named one of the most artistic cities in the U.S. Mesa has been named by Expedia, Inc. as one of the most artistic cities in the United States. The travel company includes Mesa in the large city category, with a population between 350,000 and 1 million, as having a thriving arts community.
CO+HOOTS at the GRID announced at Mayor John Giles’ State of the City. Partnering with The GRID (a proposed urban, mixed-use development to be located next to @BenUMesa). CO+HOOTS will support area entrepreneurial, startup, and the small business community.
Councilmember Thompson stops by CMC Steel in Mesa to see how one of the largest steel mills in the U.S. does their business. The company takes scrap metal & makes it into rebar - they are the largest scrap metal recycler in Arizona! See this great YouTube video to learn more about this Mesa green business.
Garden of the B's at Mesa High School is an amazing story! It tells about a beautiful desert garden planted to attract bees, birds, butterflies, beetles, bugs, bats, and bunnies (oh and to teach students, too)! See more on our Water - Use It Wisely blog.
DRY CONDITIONS prevail at this point in 2018. The SRP total reservoir system is 61% full (was 67% full at this time last year). Check out the SRP Daily Water Report. The CAP total reservoir system is holding at 53%, just a bit higher than last year’s 49%. Here's the Lower Colorado Report.
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Turns Brownfield to Greenfield – This community is turning a former Brownfield site into an environmental education demonstration garden. This was a community-wide effort with grant support.
MESA URBAN GARDEN (MUG) NEWS!
(Located at 212 E. 1st Ave.)
- It’s still a great time to plant your spring garden! Bed rentals are available! Contact Laurie.
- Mesa Urban Garden has ADA compliant beds available! Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/MesaUrbanGarden or check out their new Instagram account.
- March 3, SEED SHARE and Q&A with The Herb Lady. See details below!
~ MARK YOUR CALENDAR ~
Sat., March 3, SEED SHARE and Q&A with Catherine, The Herb Lady! Hosted by Mesa Urban Garden. Get your gardening questions answered by our expert. Tomato seedlings will be for sale and there will also be a raffle of fun items to benefit the garden.
Sat., March 3rd SRP’s 11th ANNUAL WATER CONSERVATION EXPO at SRP’s PERA Club. SRP water and power customers can purchase a SMART controller, attend a class and learn from exhibitors. This year there are two controller options to purchase, 1. Rain Bird ESP-SMTe for $50 ($330 value) or 2. Rachio Smart controller, Wi-Fi enabled for $50 ($250 value). Expo is free but you must register to reserve a controller to purchase! Oh, Mesa will be there with an information booth and Dave the Garden Guy will be there, too!
++ BONUS TIPS ++
Adjust Your Timer! If you haven’t adjusted your clock in a while, now is the time to do so. Water needs for plants are about half as much as they were in June. Check out these step-by-step instructions to reprogram your timer. We finally got some much-needed rain this week, but only about .2 to .4 inches in most areas. See our watering recommendations for February.
Acacias are the Plant of the Month – Would you like a beautiful tree that is able to flourish in full sun? Learn more about these unique and drought-tolerant plants that will add interest to your landscape.
Do you have a Garden or Landscape Question? Master Gardener volunteers from the University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension can help. Contact the Plant Help Desk, 602-827-8201, email MaricopaCountyPlantHotline@gmail.com or you can bring in a sample to the office located at 4341 E. Broadway Road in Phoenix.
Can it be RECYCLED? Foam/Styrofoam products. NO, Styrofoam cups, plates or takeout containers are not accepted in the blue barrel. Avoid purchasing those items. Kindly ask your local restaurant to switch to recyclable takeout containers.
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS!
- TOMATO & PEPPER EXTRAVAGANZA is Sat. Feb. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mesa Community College Rose Garden, Section 3 (1833 W. Southern Ave. Mesa). This annual plant sale by the East Valley Gardeners’ Club will offer 90 varieties of tomatoes (mostly heirloom), peppers, Moringa trees and more. Cash only!
- 2018 HERB FESTIVAL is Sat. Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UofA Extension office in Phoenix. Brittney Sounart is headlining the event. An excellent and engaging speaker, Brittney is a clinical herbalist and owner of Desert Sage Herbs.The program will also include best and easiest herbs to grow, how to cook with herbs, lunch, and more!
- INTERESTED IN TINY HOMES? Feb. 17 – March 11, Saturdays & Sundays only, you can see 12 micro housing structures on display at the Shemer Art Center Southwest MicroLiving event, 5005 E Camelback Rd, in Phoenix.
- PRUNING TREES & SHRUBS is offered on Sunday, March 11 from 2-5 p.m. by UofA Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist, John Eisenhower (another excellent presenter)! Registration required.
See twelve tiny micro-housing structures on display at the Shemer Art Center's Southwest MicroLiving event.
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