ALL THINGS ECOTHENTIC

More about the Miami Science Barge

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Dec 14, 2016 1:35:25 PM

Not only is the Miami Science Barge rolling through the Biscayne Bay in search of teaching the community the value of ecological sustainability, and the importance of preserving our environment. There is an overall entertaining and supportive presence provided by this barge providing a location for family and other community events, along with fun days out with the kids. There is so much to be said for a moving laboratory that is not only able to teach the entire community the value of the environment, but improve social ventures throughout the entire city. Key message: the environment is just as fun as it is valuable to maintain.

 



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Using Rainwater for Irrigation

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Nov 15, 2016 1:07:56 PM

The input of gutters along our roofs is an age-old practice that is helpful to drain rainwater away from the house. However, there are plenty of ways that this water can be used collectively to fill ponds or fountains in your lawn gardens while also providing water for irrigation of flower beds and other gardens. While in the past main drain pipes simply poured water into the nearest ground rain, now it is helpful to maintain a perforated pipe that can pour water directly into a yard location in need of irrigation.



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Native, Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Nov 9, 2016 11:38:32 AM

The basic principles of native landscaping mean that you use plants, trees and shrubs that are native to your area to help maintain a garden that is both easier to care for and more efficient for your region. Considering the wetland areas of Florida and other specific qualities, it can be very important to have plants that can handle that climate and land mass effectively. There is a website where you can look up Florida-friendly plants for your garden and landscaping design: http://www.floridayards.org/index.php.

Basic principles to native landscaping in Florida consider the large amount of natural groundwater which also supplies municipal drinking water. One of the primary things to remember in Florida native landscaping is to minimize or eliminate fertilizers and pesticides to help reduce pollution of local natural water sources.



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