Saturday, August 13, 2011

"It's Not Easy Being Green"

No matter how you slice it being "green" takes work.   In my view, a few ways of being green are:
  1.  If you want to reduce your water consumption, but successfully grow your own vegetables during hot dry summer months, you need to collect water during the rainy times.  We have several rain barrels surrounding our house to collect rainwater.  The challenge is getting the water out these tanks into the garden. You can fill buckets one at a time and do spot watering - which takes time - and yes you could look at it being great exercise ... but depending on the size of your garden, you could take a couple of hours to water the essentials (ie vegetables) and the odd pot of annuals to give the garden some colour. On the weeks where we didn't get any rain that could be every day.  In the large 200 gal tank we have, we drop a small submersible pump into the tank with a garden hose connected, which is a less strenuous way of watering and much faster.
  2. To eat healthy - Grow your own food.    
  3. Cooking from scratch is the best way to cook, eliminating processed foods, so that you can control the amount of sodium, sugar, preservatives, colourants, etc which is in processed foods.   This also cuts down on the packaging that comes with processed foods.
  4. Air dry your laundry- to save on electricity consumption and reduce your electricity bill, by hanging inside or out.
  5. Our electricity rates vary depending on the time of day.   They call it "time of use" (TOU) billing.  We try to use electricity in the "off peak times" (peak time in my area is right at dinner time), which means planning and being organized.
All of these take time to do. If you work full time outside the home, add commuting time to/from work, it can eat up about 10-12 hrs of your day, which doesn't leave alot of time to look after a garden, and cook/preserve from scratch, and do laundry (which are just the basics), which can consume what time you have left when you're working outside the home.

There is alot to be said in my mother's / grandmother's day, when one parent stayed home, so that most of these things could be done during the day, leaving some evenings and time on weekends free of the "daily chores". My grandmother didn't have the modern day conveniences that we have today. She didn't even have an automatic washing machine - and in the early days of her marriage used a wash board, and later when she had a manual wringer washer she thought she was pretty lucky.

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy doing all of these things, however some days it seems I need alot more energy, when I feel I have no energy left.   Being "Green" is a commitment and needs to become a way of life in order for our world to become more sustainable.   I wonder sometimes, in this part of the world, so many have become accustomed to all the modern day conveniences and their lives are so full, how they would manage/survive if they didn't have their automatic dishwashers, washing machines, various electrical appliances which are suppose to make our lives easier.   Alot of people don't even know where our food comes from, how it is grown or have ever been to a farm.   Or would know what to do if we didn't have electricity and couldn't flip a switch, let alone if there was no gas at the pumps.  There is alot to be said in learning the lost basic skills our grandparents had.
ARTIST: Muppets
TITLE: It's Not Easy Being Green
It's not that easy being green
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful like that

It's not easy being green
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky

But green's the color of Spring
And green can be cool and friendly-like
And green can be big like an ocean, or important
Like a mountain, or tall like a tree

When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why
Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
And I think it's what I want to be


  1. Nothing like home grown veggies and being able to go shop from your veggie patch, now I'm inspired to get cracking thank you!

  2. What a fun play on words! Green was always my favourite colour, dark and deep and luxurious! Even when my heart grew green it taught me to look deeper and draw from the well of salvation which brought forth beautiful rainbows of colour I now paint with.


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