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Living a greener life is a top priority for our family. I know for us that money, convenience, and sometimes both things at once can interfere with making green choices. Did you know that April happens to be Earth Month? April is my favorite month for green living. Even in March, we are still having frost so April signifies gardening season for me. Please read more to see how shopping at Walmart for Tom’s of Maine Luminous White™ Toothpaste Clean Mint inspired me to find new ways to celebrate Earth Month this year.
As I stated above, making greener choices can be affected by convenience. Walmart is one of my one-stop shopping stores that happen to have brands like Tom’s of Maine that is both a product and brand that values green living.
When I am shopping, I like to research products that are recyclable, upcycled, and/or biodegradable.
Did you know that Tom’s of Maine “Luminous White™” Toothpaste Clean Mint is made up of biodegradable or mineral-derived ingredients? It happens to be a proud gluten free product for people like us living in a gluten free household as well.
When selecting greener products, I like to consider how brands value green choices as well. Below you can see several ways that Tom’s of Maine lets their actions speak for their brand.
When beginning your recycled tire garden project…
Please keep in mind that the paint and soil measurements are approximate based on my tire sizes. I have a variety of both big and small tires. These numbers might fluctuate but many tutorials I researched make you guess. I hope these numbers give you a place to estimate from for your own needs.
Tires have become a growing issue in landfills. In Southeast Kansas, we are having discussions about our landfill and whether we need another one in our small rural area. Recycling and Upcycling are great ways to keep items like tires out of the landfills. I found some people around town with old tires for a win-win.
- Old Tires
- 1 Spray Paint can per 2-3 tires*
- Paint Dropcloth
- 20-30 pounds soil per tire (1-1.5 40# bag)*
- Lay dropcloth.
- Spray Paint Tires.
- Allow to Dry.
- Pour potting soil into the tires.
- Tire garden is ready for plants.
Our garden is ready for planting! When planting a garden it is important to consider plant mature height and sun needs. The taller plants should be planted on the North side. On the North row, I will be growing tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and red potatoes. On the South row, I will be growing Tivoli squash, zucchini, radishes, and carrots.
Some additional green gardening suggestions:
Our edible garden is filled with our worm compost, leaves and topped with soil.
* Start your own compost bin: We began doing worm composting 6 years ago. With 3 boys it is a fun, on-going project that helps keep our garden healthy while teaching our boys about the environment. If you want to make your own compost bin, click here to find an easy tutorial. Another natural solution to protect my plants and control weeds is to save your leaves. I bunch up the leaves to protect plants during the winter. When Spring begins, I then use it to begin the base of our edible garden. Our edible garden is filled with filled with leaves, our worm compost, and topped with soil.
*Don’t throw out those Fall leaves: Leaves can be a natural solution to protect your plants and control weeds.
- First year plants can be especially particular during the colder months. I bunch up the leaves to protect plants during the winter.
- When Spring begins, I then reuse the leaves to begin the base of our edible garden and add the rest to our compost bin.
*Consider the cost and green benefits of buying bulk soil vs bagged: We had a lot of landscaping to do this year. We had to buy 4 cubic yards of soil. Bulk soil is a green solution over bagged. It was also the most cost effective for our needs. Check your with local nurseries, farm stores, and even craigslist to find what will work best for your needs.
*Grow companion plants that add a benefit
- Find companion plants that repel your garden’s worst pests
- Find companion plants that enhance flavors or improve growth of your crop.