Scooter gardening

Gardening Gone Green

Hi Friends,

The temperature is getting hotter and the sun is staying out longer. I love being outside, so this is my favorite time of year. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening. Plants help make clean air for us to breathe, so I always like to water my plants and even plant trees whenever I have the chance. Here are some of my favorite gardening tips that will help make sure you are gardening “green” and help Spare The Air in your neighborhood, and around your home!

  • Make your own compost. Instead of buying expensive soil and fertilizer (plant food), make your own at home by using compost. Compost is created by recycling the remaining fruits and vegetables you don’t finish from your meals. For more on how to compost, click here.
  • Use electric instead of gaspowered tools. Using gas-powered lawnmowers or weed-whackers cancels out all the good stuff we’re doing because now we are polluting the air while we do it. Always use electric or hand tools!

Scooter Electric lawn mower

  • Avoid using pesticides. Pesticides are chemicals used to get rid of bugs that harm plants. While that sounds like a good thing, pesticides actually pose a major threat to our health and also contribute to air pollution. If your family must use pesticides, use one that is a water-based solution because it’ll contribute less to smog than an oil-based pesticide.
  • Water smart. When you water your plants, try to be as efficient as possible. Focus on each individual plant and give it a nice soaking around its base. If you water lightly all over the place, the plant will train its roots to stay near the surface of the soil which makes the plant weaker. Plus, more efficient watering means more water conservation, and that helps our planet too!
  • Plant “native” plants. “Native” plants are plants that grow naturally near where we live. They usually need less water and plant food because they’re used to growing well here. Native plants are easy to find, and it means we don’t have to drive far to buy them or their seeds to plant. The less time we have to spend driving around to find plants, the less pollution we put out from our cars, and the more we reduce our carbon footprint!

For more air quality information, check out my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region: http://www.aqmdscooter.com/index.php/videos/%E2%80%8E.

You can also check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

Scooter Quiz

Scooter’s Spare The Air Quiz

Hi Friends,

I hope you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts, because I’ve shared lots of awesome tips and information with you over the years. If you think you’re a super star when it comes to knowing all about the Sacramento region’s Spare The Air campaign, take my quiz and test your knowledge!

1. What do we call the PICTURE TO THE RIGHT that helps us determine if it’s safe for us to play outside?

  1. Air Quality Chart (AQC)
  2. Scooter’s Air Quality List (SAQL)
  3. Air Quality Table (AQT)
  4. Air Quality Index (AQI)

2. Which of the following IS NOT a great way to Spare The Air?

  1. Carpooling
  2. Using a charcoal barbecue
  3. Recycling
  4. Riding your bike to school

3. Most of the air pollution in our area is caused by?

  1. Stinky breath
  2. Skunks
  3. Vehicles like cars, trucks and buses
  4. Eating vegetables

4. The Spare The Air season starts _____________ and ends _______________?

  1. Starts: Christmas Day/Ends: Thanksgiving
  2. Starts: Halloween/Ends: Valentine’s Day
  3. Starts: The first day of school/Ends: The last day of school
  4. Starts: May 1/Ends: October 31

5. True or False: Air pollution is bad for our pets too because their lungs are much smaller, which makes it even harder for them to breathe when air pollution is bad?

  1. True
  2. False

How did you do? Are you a Spare The Air expert? Scroll down to the bottom of the page to check your answers!

If you want to hang out with me when I’m out and about, check my calendar to see where I’ll be visiting next.

Until next time!

Your pal,

-Scooter

 

 

 

Answers: D, B, C, D, A