Have you noticed anything different about the weather? We don’t know about you, but we’ve been noticing a lot more birds flying around recently.
Since we’re all inside, driving less, and spreading out while we keep out of the cities, nature is changing and CO2 levels are going down.
However, there are still plenty of things we can do to take care of the great outdoors while we spend more time couch surfing instead of riding the waves.
Plant for bees
Did you know that bees pollinate 80% of the world's plants including 90 different food crops. 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to bees. The Honey Bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year.
You can help them by planting plenty of flowers in your garden and letting the wildflowers grow.
Grow Food from Scraps
While we’re talking about gardening, there’s still plenty of life in the food scraps.
- Put the bottom two inches of a celery plant (roots-down) in 2cm of water. It’ll grow a whole new celery!
- Don’t throw away the seeds from a pepper. Once you’ve cut the edible parts away, put the rest under a little soil and grow a few pepper plants. The remaining veggie part will act as compost.
- If you’ve got lettuce growing in your garden, don’t pull the whole thing out when you harvest. Cut the top of the plant off to eat, leaving a few inches and the roots in the ground. It’ll just regrow. Free food!
Litter Scavenger Hunt
Hopefully, you and your family get the opportunity to go for some walks in your community (while practicing physical distancing). Make littler-picking fun by either having a checklist of things to look out for, or whoever picks up the most, wins extra allowance. (Make sure you’re wearing gloves, dispose of the garbage or recycle properly, and use a grabber tool where possible).
Here are a few things to look out for:
- A red soda can
- 3 bottle caps
- 10 candy wrappers
- A lotto ticket (don’t forget to check the numbers!)
- Bonus points for the weirdest find.