PLANET GARDEN: Eco-Friendly Resource Guide

Planet Garden 2nd Annual Earth Day Thomaston

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 25, 2009
Be Bright Go Green Earthday Thomaston

Be Bright Go Green Earthday Thomaston


Planet Garden Earth Day Thomaston Event on Earth Day Network

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 21, 2009

Click here to visit the Earth Day Thomaston Victory Garden Party event listing on Earth Day Network.earthday-network-official-poster

Planet Garden Likes Twitter in Plain English

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 21, 2009

Follow  Bluebird Garden Twitter . community garden

Follow Planet Garden Twitter. eco-friendly resources

Follow Peachiest Twitter. Who’s Who in Middle GA

Follow Thomaston Scouts Twitter.

Follow Greensun Recycle Twitter.

Follow FFA Thomaston Twitter. victory garden project

It’s fun to pretend the  Carla in this video is our very own Green Mahma Twitter!

Planet Garden Celebrates Earth Day Thomaston at Bluebird Victory Garden Party

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 18, 2009


Join us for Earth Day Thomaston outside in the Bluebird Victory Garden at the old R.C. Cola Building, 215 Barnesville Street.  Thank you to everyone making this event a success.

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On Earth Day, April 22, come by anytime after school from 3-5  and join Recycle Man as we sing songs, win prizes, and plant wildflowers from the GA Forestry Commission.  Greet the FFA officers and order your copy of, the soon to be released,  FFA: Victory Garden Cookbook. After students enjoy vege and Hawaiian pizza’s given by Domino’s, Thomaston Scouts will recycle the pizza boxes to make solar ovens for Solar S’mores.  Come join the fun and celebrate What a Wonderful World.

Planet Garden Enjoys Charlie Brown Playing Ball in a Victory Garden

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 17, 2009

Planet Garden will Plant a Tree for Arbor Day April 24th

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 17, 2009
Tree Gator slow release watering bags are used in Thomaston, GA

Tree Gator slow release watering bags are used in Thomaston, GA

Click here for 6 easy steps on how best to plant a tree.

Tree Banker is working in a major way for rainforest conservation.

Thank you Thomaston for recently planting trees on Goodrich Avenue! The use of Tree Gator as slow release watering bags is ideal to better sustain young trees growing in our middle Georgia climate.

Click here to learn fun ways to celebrate Arbor Day in your classroom, home or community.

Click here for an online tree identification guide –(scroll down).

Click here for Arbor Day Classroom.

Click here for Kids to visit Carly the Cardinal online.

TREE MUSKETEERS was launched in 1987 by third graders as the nation’s first youth environmental organization–a nonprofit charity where kids are boss!

Who wants to be a treellionaire?

Planet Garden Fun Recipe to Celebrate Earth Day: Solar S’mores

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 16, 2009
Make a Solar Oven in a  recycled pizza box lined with aluminum foil

Make a Solar Oven in a recycled pizza box lined with aluminum foil

Earth Day Solar S’mores
1 box Golden Grahams cereal

1 box Cookie Crisp cereal

1 box Organic Chocolate cereal

2 bags mini marshmallows

2 bags milk chocolate chips

In a large bowl, simply combine cereals, and stir in marshmallows. Fill individual plastic bags. Sprinkle about 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips per bag. When ready to enjoy, explain the power of solar energy as bags are placed for several minutes in the sun until chips are melted. This is a fun learning experience to demonstrate ways we can re-power with radiant energy.  You may also make a Solar Oven by lining a recycled pizza box with aluminum foil to use solar heat to make traditional s’mores.

Planet Garden Encourages Upson Residents to Hire Locally

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 15, 2009

Here is Upson County, Georgia contact information to cancel overseas owned waste services, if you prefer to hire a local company or DIY. 

  Phone: (706) 647-7012


Violia, a company out of France, was hired by Upson County instead of locally owned waste service operators now serving Upson neighbors.

About Veolia The Board of Directors

Jean Azema (1)
Daniel Bouton (1)
Jean-François Dehecq (1)
Augustin de Romanet
de Beaune (1)
Jean-Marc Espalioux (1)
Paul-Louis Girardot (1)
Philippe Kourilsky
Serge Michel
Baudouin Prot (1)
Georges Ralli (1)
Paolo Scaroni (1)
Louis Schweitzer (1)
Murray Stuart (1)


Planet Garden Encourages Master Gardeners

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 14, 2009

You can take a course at the local Extension Service and become a Georgia Master GardenerClick here for gardening events in middle Georgia.

Click here to become a Junior Master Gardener.

Click here to visit the website for Georgia Master Gardeners.

Upson County Coordinator

S. Wesley Smith
Family and Consumer Sciences
Agriculture & Natural Resources
4-H & Youth
Phone: 706-647-8989
Fax: 706-647-9346

Planet Garden Partners for Earthday Thomaston Victory Garden Party

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 14, 2009

earthday-poster1You are invited to celebrate Earthday !

 Earthday Thomaston Garden Party

logo2-bestRecycle Man will visit us. We will plant wildflower seeds donated by the Georgia Forestry Commission, sing songs, make Solar S’mores, celebrate eco-friendly living and more.

Thank you to Domino’s and Sav-a-lot for supporting this Earth Day event.

Planet Garden Encourages Keep Thomaston Upson Beautiful

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 14, 2009

Here are links to learn more about how we can participate to  Keep America Beautiful  with a Keep Thomaston Upson Beautiful beautification program. The certification process takes 4-6 months to complete. The four focus areas for change are Litter Prevention, Beautification, Community Improvement, and Waste Reduction

If you are interested in serving on the Pre-Certification Team, please Contact Patti Robinson at

Keep Georgia Beautiful
Keep Griffin Spalding

Keep America Beautiful Kids Zone

Planet Garden Earthday Thomaston Beautification Window Poster

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 13, 2009

Show your support for efforts to establish the Keep Thomaston Upson Beautiful program. Display this bright sunflower in your business or classroom window. Print as a poster or print on 2 x 4″  clear label sheets and give out sunflower stickers to your friends to encourage beautification and eco-friendly living. Be bright, go green.

Earthday Thomaston
Earthday Thomaston Poster

For stickers, print the following on 2 x 4″ clear label sheets. (Found at Walmart)earthday-thomaston-poster

Here is a Be Bright, Go Green beautification sticker/poster for you to print and display in your classroom, home, business or website.  Print as an eco-friendly poster or print on 2 x 4″ clear label sticker sheets -(available locally at Walmart-find with computer mailing label paper).  Griffin is the Iris City and displays an iris for Keep Griffin Spalding Beautiful.  As we work to establish Keep Thomaston Upson Beautiful, this bright sunflower will show your support and encourage local beautification, victory gardens and eco-friendly efforts. Right click and Click “Save Picture As” to download the sunflower poster for your business , home or website.

Planet Garden Moves Inch by Inch Towards Sustainable Living

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 13, 2009

GARDEN SONG by Pete Seeger

Inch by inch, row by row, 
Gonna make this garden grow.
Gonna mulch it deep and low, 
Gonna make it fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row, 
Please bless these seeds I sow.
Please keep them safe below 
‘Til the rain comes tumbling down. 

Pullin’ weeds and pickin’ stones, 
We are made of dreams and bones
Need a spot to call my own 
Cause the time is close at hand.
Grain for grain, sun and rain 
Find my way in nature’s chain
Tune my body and my brain 
To the music of the land. 


Plant your rows short or long, 
Season them with a prayer and song
Mother earth will keep you strong 
If you give her love and care.
Old crow watching from a tree
Has his hungry eyes on me
In my garden I’m as free 
As that feathered thief up there. 


Words and Music by David Mallett
©1975 Cherry Lane Music Publishing (ASCAP)

  • “I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.”[42]  Pete Seeger
  • “But I think the thing to do is look ahead.”[45] Pete Seeger
  • “I believe God is everywhere.”[47]  Pete Seeger


Sustainable 1: capable of being sustained2 a: of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged <sustainable techniques> <sustainable agriculture> b: of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods <sustainable society>

Planet Garden Values Creation Beautification for Earthday

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 11, 2009

The Creation by James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938) A spiritual sermon for Creation Care:

And God stepped out on space, And He looked around and said, “I’m lonely–I’ll make me a world.” And far as the eye of God could see Darkness covered everything,Blacker than a hundred midnights Down in a cypress swamp.Then God smiled,And the light broke,And the darkness rolled up on one side,And the light stood shining on the other,And God said, “That’s good!”Then God reached out and took the light in His hands, And God rolled the light around in His hands Until He made the sun; And He set that sun a-blazing in the heavens. And the light that was left from making the sun God gathered it up in a shining ball And flung it against the darkness, Spangling the night with the moon and stars.

Then down between The darkness and the light He hurled the world; And God said, “That’s good!” Then God himself stepped down—And the sun was on His right hand, And the moon was on His left; The stars were clustered about His head, And the earth was under His feet. And God walked, and where He trod His footsteps hollowed the valleys out And bulged the mountains up.Then He stopped and looked and saw That the earth was hot and barren.So God stepped over to the edge of the world, And He spat out the seven seas; He batted His eyes, and the lightnings flashed; He clapped His hands, and the thunders rolled;And the waters above the earth came down,The cooling waters came down.

Then the green grass sprouted,And the little red flowers blossomed,The pine tree pointed his finger to the sky, And the oak spread out his arms,The lakes cuddled down in the hollows of the ground,And the rivers ran down to the sea; And God smiled again,And the rainbow appeared,And curled itself around His shoulder.Then God raised His arm and He waved His hand Over the sea and over the land,And He said, “Bring forth! Bring forth!”And quicker than God could drop His hand.Fishes and fowls And beasts and birds Swam the rivers and the seas,Roamed the forests and the woods,And split the air with their wings.

And God said, “That’s good!”Then God walked around, And God looked around On all that He had made. He looked at His sun, And He looked at His moon,And He looked at His little stars;He looked on His world With all its living things,And God said, “I’m lonely still.” Then God sat down On the side of a hill where He could think; By a deep, wide river He sat down;With His head in His hands,God thought and thought,Till He thought, “I’ll make me a man!” Up from the bed of the river, God scooped the clay;And by the bank of the river He kneeled Him down; And there the great God Almighty Who lit the sun and fixed it in the sky,Who flung the stars to the most far corner of the night,Who rounded the earth in the middle of His hand;This Great God,Like a mammy bending over her baby, Kneeled down in the dust Toiling over a lump of clay Till He shaped it in His own image; Then into it He blew the breath of life,And man became a living soul.

Amen. Amen.

Planet Garden Encourages Single Stream Recycling for Middle Georgia

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 10, 2009

Click here to see pictures from the State of Georgia Grant Winning Recycle Hub Groundbreaking Ceremony in Griffin, Georgia. 

We want our planet to be a garden, not a landfill.”

Planet Garden Wonderful World Earthday Song List

Posted in Earth Day by planetgarden on April 10, 2009

We want our planet to be a garden, not a landfill.  These songs inspire us for Earthday 2009 to celebrate our wonderful world.

1. This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

2. The Garden Song (Inch by Inch) by Pete Seeger, written by David Mallett, Maine

3. Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

4. Out in the Country by Three Dog Night

5. Bluebird of Happiness by Jan Pearce

6. Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

7. The Three R’s (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle) by Jack Johnson

8. Garden Party by Ricky Nelson

9. Step in the Right Direction by The Montanas

 10. What a Wonderful World by Sarah Brightman

What a Wonderful World by Robert Thiele, George Weiss

I see trees of green, red roses too

I see them bloom, for me and you

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue, and clouds of White

The bright blessed day, dark sacred night

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces, of people going by

I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?”

They’re really saying, “I love you”

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow

They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself

What a wonderful world.






Planet Garden Anticipates Disney Nature Earth

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 9, 2009

Narrated by James Earl Jones this family and earth-friendly movie explores the amazing journeys of three animal families- polar bears, elephants and whales. It will open April 22, Earth Day 2009.

Planet Garden Resource Guide Links to Georgia Green and Healthy Schools

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 8, 2009

Georgia Green and Healthy Schools is Planet Garden’s favorite online source for green and healthy EE serving Georgia schools.

Click here to visit this terrific site for eco-friendly classroom resources.

Click here for Contests listing by Georgia Green and Healthy Schools

Click here for Grants listing by Georgia Green and Healthy Schools

Click here for Events listing by Georgia Green and Healthy Schools

Planet Garden Encourages Victory Gardens

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 7, 2009

Click here to visit Greensun Gardens, a blogsite about the community victory garden in Thomaston, Georgia and more.

Planet Garden Visits Victory Garden South

Posted in Environmental Education by planetgarden on April 7, 2009