Thursday, April 22, 2010

VacuMaid Celebrates Earth Day with Giveaway

Earth Day 2010
I returned to my country girl roots and planted a vegetable garden last year. I must confess, though, my garden was heavily laden with fertilizers and pesticides.  I am the kind of gal that thinks if a little is good, a lot would be better.  I used too much pesticide which killed the good bugs and well as the bad bugs.  Because the good bugs were not around to eat the bad bugs, my garden became infested with spider mites.  I then used a pesticide that left my tomato plants smelling like diesel fuel for days. I knew at this point I wanted to be kind to the earth by going chemical free with my next garden.




I have composted all winter and I am practicing companion planting this year.  Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to or near one another.  Companion planting, also, benefits certain plants by controlling pests naturally.  After countless hours of research on the internet, I have planted the following with my tomatoes:  basil and  chives to improve the flavor,  borage to deter the tomato worm, and marigolds to discourage many insects. Companion gardening won’t solve all the world’s problems, but it does your soul, body, and earth good. 




Celebrate the Earth by not using chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your garden.  Put the right plant in the right place to save resources.  Spread the love by sharing your extra veggies with family and friends. 

In recognition of Earth Day, I am giving away our premium microfiber cleaning kit (MF501) valued at nearly $100.  One winner will be chosen at random. This offer only available in the continental United States.

To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.  No entries after 5:00 p.m. CST, April 28.  Winner will be announced April 29th. 
"What is one thing you do to protect the Earth?"

24 comments:

  1. Use concentrated products.

    bctripletmom at gmail dot com

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  2. I recycle as much as I can - in fact we FINALLY got our employer to start recycling paper, plastics, and cans.

    I do the same @ home, plus I compost, and I Freecycle items I no longer need.

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  3. I recycle my newspapers, boxes, glass & cans. I also purchase items that are in minimal packaging or in packages made from recycled material as much as possible. Luckily it's getting easier to find these items now that companies are moving toward green awareness.

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  4. I stay away from aerosols, reuse as much as I can, compost and have some veggies growing year round. Today I'm not buying any packaging. I'm big on donating or freecycling. And, I ride my bicycle for errands under 5 miles, reusable shopping bags or back pack in tow.

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  5. Very interesting. That is a well thought out garden! Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. I purchase green cleaners only; I also use reusable bags for my groceries, and have planted six trees so far in my backyard. I also try to carpool as often as I can with coworkers. And for church on Sunday I pick up others who live around me.


    My Twitter: @1loco

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  7. I recycle everything that is accepted in my area for recycling reducing our trash to less than a plastic grocery sized bag per wk for our family.

    Twitter @StuffSmart

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  8. I recycle. Also I just got some veggie plants for my garden today.

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  9. we recyle , say NO to plastic and use our own Clothbags for shopping ! thanks for the chance :)

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  10. Recycle, reuse, renew! That's the motto in my house.

    I love the garden pics, wish I had a yard to do one, just desert rocks here with desert plants to conserve water in Nevada.

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  11. We use a water filter and dont buy bottled water anymore. Sad to say we contributed a ton of bottles in the past to the landfills. But not anymore. I have glass cups with lids that I fill and keep in fridge. Good for the earth and us

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  12. I reduce my carbon footprint by driving old cars. One of the cars I drive is 36 years old and the other is 41 and those microfiber products work well in keeping them clean.

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  13. One of the things I do is plant a tree each year. We've been doing it for about 5 years now. I'm @victoria99999 on twitter and here is my email: flophasit at yahoo dot com
    My name is victoria lester

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  14. I recycle newspapers, cans and cardboard, and i take my old plastic sacks to Wal-Mart so they can recycle them too!

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  15. We quit using bottled water and just use the filter on our fridge. We also take our walmart sacks back to the store to be recycled. I try very hard to use as little water as possible, a little hard with 2 kids but we have cut back.

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  16. In my younger days I would "potty" outside while I was doing yard work. Now I always take the time to go inside the house.That definitely makes our neighborhood more environmentally friendly!!

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  17. I take shorter showers and try to recycle household items and spruce them up.

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  18. I wash my car in my front yard so that the soap and dirty water absorb into my yard and not down the drain and into our rivers and oceans. Also have a compost barrell for food scrapes and other things to fertilize my garden. I clean with vinigar and water, baking soda instead of harsh chemicals, and my handy dandy hand held steamer and my HAAN floor steamer. We do a lot of walking in the rain to pick up my son who goes to school 3 blocks away.

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  19. We have a compost pile out behind our backyard fence. Started it last year and we were hoping it would be a little further along by now, but I think we need to add more water and turn it more often. Still, it helped add a lot when we planted the vegetable garden this year!

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  20. I keep reusable bags in my car and by the back door so I remember to bring them shopping--otherwise I'll forget.

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  21. I sale Hybirds to any customer that will buy one and keep a chemical free garden, and use my central vacume system, so I don't have to throw away any bags :-)

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  22. I use reusable grocery bags when doing any shopping. I also buy eco-friendly cleaning products (including my laundry soap)!
    epblack at zoominternet dot net

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