Watershed Academy – Webinars Worth The Time

watershedThe EPA provides a series of great free webcast seminar through their Watershed Academy.  There are great archived webinars plus upcoming webinars in 2014.  Take a look!

From the EPA site:  Local watershed organizations, municipal leaders, and others are invited to sign up for these free, on-line webcast training sessions. Attendees must register in advance to participate in webcasts. During the webcasts, trainees log onto the Web to participate in live training conducted by expert instructors. Your computer must have the capability of playing sound in order to attend the webcasts.  The Watershed Academy offers a certificate to those who attend webcasts. Streaming audio versions of past Webcasts are available below.

Flowers Hate Showers?

FlowershateshowersLast week’s post generated several comments questioning the benefits of showers for indoor plants. I am not a believer.

It may not be “common wisdom” but houseplants hate showering (with or without you) and it’s not just because they have been talking to the cat. Before you start shouting comments similar to those reserved for mid-western governors or North African dictators, hear me out. Continue reading

Watering Plants…Rain, Tap or Other…Continued!

Faucet1Where we left off – “to stare at the bucket of tap water or not to stare at the bucket of tap water”;  will the chlorine leave under either condition?  Well, as was noted in the last post, if your bucket contains tap water with chloramine, you will be staring at it for a very long time, maybe weeks.

Time for a tiny bit of… (drum-roll please) chemical science.  Chlorine is a naturally occurring chemical element on Planet Earth.  In one  form it is part of sodium chloride or table salt.  It can occur in many minerals, and as we know the ocean is filled with it, so it is not rare. Continue reading