Green Living http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/features/green-living en Helping Big-Picture Problems http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/helping-big-picture-problems <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Compost works for us at construction sites, landfills and wastewater treatment plants</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Silt-laden water from construction sites and poorly managed farm fields are notorious for contaminating our streams, rivers, lakes and bays. Silt fences are mandatory at construction sites, but even when properly installed they do not hold back clay. Adding wood chips or straw bales won&rsquo;t help.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/gardening/article/helping-big-picture-problems" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/COMPOST%20BERM-080317.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="68" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/helping-big-picture-problems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/helping-big-picture-problems#comments Gardening Green Living Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:34:46 +0000 bayweekly_master 39448 at http://www.bayweekly.com Make a Better Rain Garden http://www.bayweekly.com/RainGarden-072017 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>My model is good enough for the National Botanical Garden</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>The purpose of rain gardens is to reduce surface runoff by capturing water in ponds where it can infiltrate the soil. Many rain gardens begin with dug ponds lined with sand and gravel. Water-tolerant plants added in and around the ponds absorb more water.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;This design can absorb only a limited amount of water based on the soil porosity, a measure of texture and compaction. After a heavy rain, water can stand for days and weeks, so the gardens become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Even tolerant plant species have problems surviving standing water.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/RainGarden-072017" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/rain-garden-diagram-072017.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="52" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/RainGarden-072017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/RainGarden-072017#comments Gardening Green Living Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:50:14 +0000 bayweekly_master 39152 at http://www.bayweekly.com Too Much of a Good Thing http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/too-much-good-thing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Even with compost you can overdo it</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently a Bay Weekly reader complained she could not grow cauliflower or broccoli. The plants grew big and lush but never produced edible heads &mdash; all this despite the large amount of compost she added to her garden soil each year.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/too-much-good-thing" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/compost-hand-060817.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/too-much-good-thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/too-much-good-thing#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:13:26 +0000 bayweekly_master 38495 at http://www.bayweekly.com Making Your Garden ‘Bloom’ http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/making-your-garden-%E2%80%98bloom%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Biosolids are safe for food &shy;production; here&rsquo;s why</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Since I became involved in composting biosolids in the early 1970s, technology for processing wastewater has undergone major changes. Back then, most wastewater treatment facilities had only primary or secondary treatment technology. At the same time, industries were dumping all kinds of waste into sewer systems.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/making-your-garden-%E2%80%98bloom%E2%80%99" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Blue%20Plains-AWTF-060117.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="65" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility transforms the ­District’s waste into Bloom, a soil conditioner for gardening and landscaping. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/making-your-garden-%E2%80%98bloom%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/making-your-garden-%E2%80%98bloom%E2%80%99#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:33:13 +0000 bayweekly_master 38374 at http://www.bayweekly.com Spring’s New Golden Fields Spring http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/spring%E2%80%99s-new-golden-fields-spring <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Death by herbicide is the first step toward no-till farming</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>This spring, Chesapeake Country meadows turned from green to the color of straw. It&rsquo;s been a strange sight and one you&rsquo;ll see more of in coming years. No, it&rsquo;s not a symptom of climate change. It&rsquo;s a step in no-till farming.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;No-till farming offers many advantages over conventional farming.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/spring%E2%80%99s-new-golden-fields-spring" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/no-till-farming-051817.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/spring%E2%80%99s-new-golden-fields-spring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/spring%E2%80%99s-new-golden-fields-spring#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Mon, 22 May 2017 17:24:35 +0000 bayweekly_master 38156 at http://www.bayweekly.com Keep Your Soil Where it Belongs http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-soil-where-it-belongs <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Silt does not happen by itself</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Farmers, homeowners and contractors are all responsible for making silt that clogs our streams, rivers and lakes and pollutes the Bay. Farmers who after harvesting their crops allow the soils to be fully exposed to the weather all fall, winter and spring are guilty. Homeowners who wash down their driveways and sidewalks in place of sweeping them are guilty. Contractors who bulldoze the earth to clear land for roads, homes, shopping centers and more are also guilty.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-soil-where-it-belongs" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/siltfence_construction-050417.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-soil-where-it-belongs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-soil-where-it-belongs#comments Gardening Green Living Wed, 10 May 2017 12:20:11 +0000 bayweekly_master 37932 at http://www.bayweekly.com From Waste to Garden Riches http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/waste-garden-riches <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Bloom is the best thing to come out of D.C in a long time</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>The demand for organically grown food continues to increase. Because chemical fertilizers cannot be used in its production, growers must depend on natural sources for nutrients, such as animal manures, compost and green manure crops. The demand for compost is so great that it exceeds the supply.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The problem may soon be solved by recent developments in processing biosolids.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/waste-garden-riches" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/Blue_Plains-thermal_hydrolysis_plant_2013.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Biosolids from D.C.’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant go through a two-stage thermal hydrolysis process of high-pressure boiling followed by rapid decompression, creating a sterile, organic soil amendment ­marketed as Bloom. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/waste-garden-riches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/waste-garden-riches#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living News Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:08:46 +0000 bayweekly_master 37726 at http://www.bayweekly.com The World Needs More Compost http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/world-needs-more-compost <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Anne Arundel County offers just the right raw ingredients</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>Anne Arundel County has more horses than any other county in the nation. It follows that we also have more horse manure. Some of that horse manure occupies precious landfill space or is dumped near streams, thus contributing to Bay pollution.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/world-needs-more-compost" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/UpperMarlboro-composting-011217.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="69" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prince George’s County has begun a 4,500-ton-per-year food waste composting project at its Upper Marlboro facility, which has historically accepted yard ­trimmings and is now testing the addition of food waste in a one-year pilot. </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/world-needs-more-compost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/world-needs-more-compost#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:03:17 +0000 bayweekly_master 36518 at http://www.bayweekly.com Turn Fallen Leaves into Compost http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/turn-fallen-leaves-compost <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Get a fast start with my Gouin brew</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a great time to activate the compost pile. The fallen leaves are rich in nutrients and organic matter. Mother Nature has been using leaves as natural mulch since the beginning of time.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;I begin with my leaf blower, blowing as many leaves as possible under the branches of the shrubs to mulch them over winter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/turn-fallen-leaves-compost" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/leaf-composting-121516.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/turn-fallen-leaves-compost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gardener-dr-francis-gouin/article/turn-fallen-leaves-compost#comments The Bay Gardener by Dr. Francis Gouin Gardening Green Living Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:44:52 +0000 bayweekly_master 36216 at http://www.bayweekly.com Keep Your Evergreens Green http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Treat yellow-green leaves with &shy;compost or fertilizer</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Dr. Francis Gouin </div> </div> </div> <p>If your hollies are heavily loaded with berries this fall, most likely the foliage will turn yellow-green, downgrading the contrast with the red berries. It takes a lot of energy and nutrients for plants to produce fruit. This is especially true if the branches are heavily laden with large clusters. Heavy-fruiting hollies generally appear chlorotic. This problem can be corrected by applying a nitrogen-rich mulch such as lobster compost, chicken manure compost or lawn fertilizer between the trunk of the plant and the drip line.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/discolored-holly-leaves-111016.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="151" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/gardening/article/keep-your-evergreens-green#comments Gardening Green Living Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:24:45 +0000 bayweekly_master 35650 at http://www.bayweekly.com