This also gets me off the hook for fresh material on the busiest day of the week 😉
This is right on schedule with last year. This photo is from last year and had I taken a new one last Friday, it would have been void of snow. However Mr. Jack Frost is not done wit us yet! We’ve got 3-5 inches predicted for this evening! (Technically, I’m writing this Sunday night ~ We’ll see in the comments if I’m right!)
Our gas prices are starting to rise, even though the cost of a barrel of oil is going down. Yeah, living by a large city is awesome!! Not. So even though there is plenty of gas made and ready to go, the refineries have to make summer blend for the area that drives the price up almost double. $2.97 per gallon now will be $4.50 in June.
The upside is usually the price of diesel stays the same price throughout the year at about $2.70 per gallon. This is good when we are camping and driving a bit to get where were plopping for the weekend.
This was a few weeks ago, however I think it’s important to understand where these notions come from and just why do we do it?!?
Many think this was all done to try to save resources, energy and money… However, environmental economist Hendrik Wolff, of the University of Washington, found that the Daylight saving did indeed drop lighting and electricity use in the evenings… HOWEVER, higher energy demands during darker mornings completely canceled out the evening gains.
- Water lawns during the early morning when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces evaporation and waste. Watering in the evening can leave leaves wet all night, promoting disease problems. Better yet. DON’T WATER THE LAWN AT ALL!!! It doesn’t die, it goes dormant.
Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your garden hose can pour out 600 gallons of water or more in only a few hours, so don’t leave the sprinkler running all day. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off.
Use water from dehumidifiers to water indoor and outdoor plants. You can also collect condensation water from air conditioning units to use for watering plants.
Many young weeds are great for food! Take a look at this list and get ready for fresh, free veggies!
Plants can be your best bet for long term survival or your short ride to being plant food. Here’s another wonderful site: Plants For a Future that lists over 7,000 plants and their medicinal purposes, really really great stuff going on there.
Asclepias spp. – Milkweed ~ Young pods, before they set seed*
Asimina triloba – Pawpaw ~ fruits (I’m dying to try these)
Artium spp. – Burdock ~ The root
Barbarea spp. – Winter Cress ~ The young leaves & flower
Betula spp. – Birch ~ The sap, inner bark, twigs
Brassica spp. – Wild Mustards ~ The young leaves, flowerbuds, & seeds
Capsella bursa-pastoris – Shepard’s Purse ~ The young leaves, seedpods
© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl