Spring2018.exe is almost fully installed, but it just needs to finish updating its software. The download should take less than one minute, but we all know that means a month. While you're waiting for the sun to reboot and the grass to render, now is a great time to start thinking about ways that you can green your routine this year! It's much easier to keep your routine green in the warmer months so we're going to give you a crash course in some of the best and easiest ways to stick to a sustainable regimen without sacrificing the things you love.
1. Grow Your Own Food
Alright, so for those of you who haven't been hoarding plant and vegetable starts in your garage or greenhouse this winter, now is the exact time that you should start planting seeds if you're hoping to have some homegrown food this summer. You can pick up seeds and starts at Westbrae Nursery and if you click here you can save $10 on your next purchase! If you plan to direct sow the seeds into your garden, you might have to wait until early April to get those started, but you should consult your nearest nursery. On the other hand, if you're planning to get started early so you can transplant instead of direct sow, set aside a sunny spot in the house for a tray of starts. You can then use either recycled egg cartons or paper towel rolls as biodegradable pots. Growing your own food means that you spend less at the grocery store, which means you can use your savings to do something fun!
2. Landscape for the Future
In the same vein, late February/early March is the optimal time to prune your fruit trees for maximum yield. If you don't trust yourself with the loppers, call up The Evergreen Nursery and they will come and give your trees the perfect haircut they deserve. Whatever you do, stay away from giving them trendy haircuts. Trees should never have man buns or undercuts. Be careful, though; some fruit trees follow different growth schedules and like to be pruned at other times of the year, so check with your local tree care experts before snipping. Don't have any fruit trees? There's a saying in the horticulture community: "the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today." Regardless of the type of tree you choose to plant, in addition to reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, trees can prevent wind damage and erosion on your property, saving you money on major renovations and landscaping. Click here to save 20% on fertilizers!
3. Buy Local Produce
If you have a black thumb and you just don't want to get your hands dirty, visit a farmers' market or organic grocery store! Stop by Piedmont Grocery Company and explore their vast selection of produce. In addition to selling quality produce, they are also a full service grocery store that carries sustainable cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Click here to save $5 off your next purchase! If you're in Berkeley, check out Berkeley Bowl! Produce is the cornerstone of their business and they are renowned for having the widest and best selection of healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables, both organically and conventionally grown, gourmet and traditional. Celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a commemorative Berkeley Bowl pastry cutter when you click here! You can explore the rest of our fabulous grocery retailers here!
4. Use Eco Friendly Cleaners
One of the worst parts of winter is the junk that gets stuck on the bottoms of your shoes. Whether it's dirt, grit, or mud, your carbon footprints are going to be everywhere in the house. A lot of cleaning products available to the public are full of extremely toxic chemicals that will treat you and the environment the same way they treat a shower floor. Avoid chemical burns and environmental damage; start using environmentally friendly cleaning materials available from Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. One of our mottos is "it's much easier to keep something clean than clean something that's dirty," so if you're feeling daunted by the spring cleaning task ahead of you, the pros are here to help. Call up Merry Maids and your home will be as clean and shiny as before the winter! Click here to save $33 on your first, third, and fifth cleanings!
5. Enjoy Food with Friends
As the temperature begins to rise with the coming of spring, it's a great time to get out of the workplace and enjoy the fresh air. Get your social infusion and take your coworkers out to eat at one of our sustainable dining locations. Get your mind off work and the cold and get to know your coworkers better!
Before you know it, spring will kick into high gear and there will be all sorts of good vibes, warmth, and outside activities. Start now so when April rolls around, you can hit the ground running with your new healthy and sustainable routine.
Best regards from all of us at Chinook Book.