PLANET GARDEN: Eco-Friendly Resource Guide

Planet Garden Proposes Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart and Perhaps the Singing Bird Will Come

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on February 2, 2010

One fun way I know to establish a backyard wildlife habitat for our precious feathered friends is to put up a bluebird house. This morning I was in the country off Jeff Davis Road and saw a beautiful bluebird flying in the sunshine. On Christmas morning we woke up and watched a flock of Cardinal Redbirds eating the red berries on a dogwood tree. I like the way birds bring beauty, song and peace into our lives every day if we pause a moment to enjoy this good earth we all share. Bird watching is a gentle reminder that during winter it’s a caring act to give them a boost so in spring our bird population will grow. This spring we are mapping a Bluebird Trail through Middle Georgia. If you would like to add a Bluebird House in your yard in time for spring nesting, you may find them this Saturday at Bluebird Market. These houses are affordably handcrafted by local woodworkers and easy to place in your yard to encourage spring nesting of bluebirds.  Bluebirds are our friends and especially a friend to farmers because they feed on the insects that would otherwise damage our gardens.
I invite you to also officially dedicate your backyard, schoolyard or farmland as a certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat. It’s a simple dedication to protect wildlife and I was fortunate to have facilitated a schoolyard habitat and received the NWF certificate. It’s so easy and begins by following the simple steps found online at
When we care about wildlife–like bluebirds and redbirds– and take action to attract them into our lives, often they will come and enrich us with their beauty and songs.

3 Simple Ways to Enrich our Lives with Songbirds
1- Place a bluebird house in your yard for spring nesting
2- Feed the birds by hanging edible ornaments like a peanut butter pinecone or apple rolled in birdseed
3- Provide a bird bath for a water source
Celebrate the beauty of nature on this good earth we all share. It might be nice to have a spring fling Bluebird Festival with fresh market foods, artisans and all the best of middle Georgia flowers, herbs and organic products to celebrate the natural beauty and abundance all around us right here in Middle Georgia. Share with us your ideas for keeping a green tree in our hearts, and perhaps the singing bird will come.
Enrich your life on Saturdays from 8 am until noon at Bluebird Market at the historic downtown train depot located at 218 N. Center Street, Thomaston. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at
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Planet Garden Sleighbell Arts Market Tells a Story Indeed

Posted in Sustainable Column by planetgarden on November 24, 2009

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you! Giddy yap over to the Bluebird Market on Saturday, December 5th for a collection of our local folk artisans’ most lovely works. When you buy local arts from our local people you buy more that just a piece of work…it is a collective story of our culture. I am so proud of our local people and have seen such gorgeous pieces of work that bring culture to our community that stands the test of who we are as a hometown. In our storybook hometown, it is the people that make up the story and these works of art are the unspoken expression of our local hometown collective storybook.
Sleighbells and mistletoe and warm cider with cookies brings us together for a season of love and hope of how we can continue to grow and turn the pages as the story gets better with every day. Thomaston’s storybook hometown identity should want you to keep turning the pages because you can’t put it down …our fascinating people, love of the arts, homegrown gardeners, friendly shops and fantastic spirit of community is what keeps me turning the pages.
I can’t wait to get up in the morning and read another day in our precious community. As you write your page in our hometown storybook, be sure to get out and tell people about it! Don’t keep your role a secret…come over to Bluebird Market, build a birdhouse, paint a wagon, share your artistic loves with us on Saturdays as we write our little story about folk artists that make time to create.
Find their fasinating little stories and artworks at the TUAC gallery for Christmas shopping. When you give a gift this Christmas, make certain it tells the story of your hometown people.
At the recycle hub grand opening in Griffin, I was especially delighted when a recycling award was given by the Mayor of Griffin. It was a Bluebird House which he created, painted and numbered. Everyone has something to bring as a folk art piece so why not find a way to express yourself. I encourage you to come out and see what local people are doing and saying through their artworks. You will love reading our little hometown storybook every day more and more!
Enrich your life on Saturday at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at and Email EE questions to:

Planet Garden Champagne Toasts for Griffin Recycle Hub Team

Posted in Greensun Mission Statement, Sustainable Column by planetgarden on November 18, 2009

Fortunately, for Thomaston Upson, we are included in the Griffin Grant-Winning Recycle Hub’s operational region. On Monday, November 16th the Grand Opening was held and the hub is now running with Pratt Recycling’s equipment in place and functional. This is a private-public partnership for curbside recycling efforts that Griffin Mayor, Dick Morrow, proclaimed as a win for everyone involved including our communities and the planet.
Kevin Barkley, Thomaston resident, and Phill Francis, Director of the project, and the entire Griffin team made the courageous decision to mandate recycling in Griffin, the first such program in the state. From that decision forward, they have won and been applauded time and again for the City of Griffin, now considered a leader in the State of Georgia recycling efforts. The State and National recycling awards are too numerous to count for Kevin and Phill with the new recycling hub facility being paid for by a coveted State Grant to the City of Griffin because of it’s strong commitment to recycling.
The Recycle Hub Grand Opening event was one of the most meaningful days in my lifetime for me and my son. Seeing this vision become reality will be counted among our many blessings this Thanksgiving. We are true believers in doing what is best for the higher good and we have seen first hand how curbside recycling efforts benefit us all.
The steadfast daily work of these dedicated men is also beneficial for our hometown. Now that the hub is open for business, the over 100 people who signed a petition to bring curbside recycling to Thomaston, are just a step away from that prudent and wise choice coming about. Dependable Waste Services is certainly the local company we believe most qualified to bring recycling to Thomaston in the coming year, as they have done for Barnesville and other neighboring communities already participating with the Griffin Recycle Hub Program.
Last March at the groundbreaking of the hub, it was stated by officials that curbside recycling is a must for progressive communities that aim to attract new business. These men have worked devotedly to build an effective and efficient streamlined system to insure Thomaston and surrounding communities have the very best state-of-the-art program in the recycling industry.
Republican Sonny Perdue brought Thomaston the opportunity to participate in the Griffin Recycle Hub program and I am personally very impressed with the State of Georgia’s winning direction forward in the green industry of recycling.
We are so fortunate to have this opportunity in our hometown for curbside recycling in 2010. It is an honor to be working in an industry that moves forward to insure our planet and local communities are a better place to live, work and play–not only for our families now–but for future generations also. A toast to healthy happiness for RecycleMan and the Griffin Recycle Hub team!

Mayor Dick Morrow presented his handmade bluebird house as recycling award.

Enrich your life on Saturday at the Bluebird Market. Explore with us each week to discover simple ways we can affordably contribute to sustainable and renewable eco-friendly living. Find resources online at and Email EE questions to: