Tasty Tangerines and Tangelos

Thanks to a mild winter climate, residents in the Mobile area  can enjoy picking their own citrus. While many  have discovered Meyer lemons and kumquats,  others have discovered the juicy sweetness of tangelos and tangerines. The above examples are found in the backyard of a Fowl River resident-twice  blessed! Find more information about these orange treats at the following links.

Tangerines

Tangerines & Tangelos

Monstrous Meyers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon lovers take note-this lemon cultivar is suitable for Mobile gardens. Learn more about Meyer lemons at the following website. Now is the time to plant .

Meyer Lemons

Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council Supports Keep Mobile Beautiful, Inc. Outreach Program

Through the generosity of the Gulf Coast RC&D Council, the KMB outreach program will have more opportunities to  address  its mission  of motivating Mobilians to take greater individual responsibility in their community environment. The $9,030 grant award  will  be used  to support campus beautification, school recycling,  school  presentations,  and community  interactions and cleanup activities.  An example of  GCRC&D support can be found in the December blog postings.  GCRC&D funding made it possible for the  illustrations to be made into posters for use in presentations and interactions.

Due to  GCRC&D support,  KMB outreach coordinator, Phyllis Wingard, will conduct a teacher workshop on January 30, 2020, at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center to apprise schools of  $500 campus beautification grants available to  schools in Mobile County.  Information concerning the workshop  is being sent to school principals. Thank you to Gulf Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council for helping to make Mobile County a greener, cleaner and more beautiful place to live.

Learn more about the Gulf Coast  Resource Conservation and Development Council at the following link. GCRC&D

Changing the World

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

A or B    Which choice is the earth friendly choice?

Small groups of citizens across Mobile County are taking responsibility for their communities by forming teams to make their neighborhoods greener, cleaner and more beautiful places to live.  They are verifying Ms. Mead’s statement,  by changing the world, one neighborhood at a time.   The  Love Your Community program, a collaborative effort of County Commissioner, Connie Hudson and Keep Mobile Beautiful, Inc.,  can help groups start improving their neighborhoods by providing tools and supplies for cleanup activities.  Click on the link below to get started.

Love Your Community  

 

The generosity of the Gulf Coast  Resource and Conservation Development Council,  has provided grant funding to allow the six sets of  illustrations demonstrating individual choices that make our  community a greener, cleaner and more beautiful  place to live,  to be made into posters for use in Mobile County school and community presentations.  Learn more about the contributions the Gulf Coast RC&D makes to the South Alabama gulf coast region at  the following link.   GCRC&D

Progress

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
-George Bernard Shaw

A or B   Which will you choose?

One time use plastic products are not earth friendly choices. Plastic straws find their way into  waterways, bays, and the Gulf of Mexico, becoming threats to wildlife.  Avoiding the use of plastic straws or using paper straws are better choices.

 

Conscience

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
—Gaylord Nelson

A or B   Which will you choose?

Fiber choices have an effect upon the planet. 70% of microplastics polluting the air, water and the land are synthetic fibers made from petrochemicals.   Plastic degrades into microplastic particles entering the food streams of aquatic life, wildlife, and human beings.   Microplastic fibers float into the air,  as synthetic materials are abraded,  and enter water systems when synthetic materials are laundered. Choosing natural fibers such as cotton, flax, and wool having the ability to decompose, are earth friendly choices.

 

Waste

“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” —Mother Teresa

 

A or B  

Which choice are you making?  

 

Choices Affecting the Planet

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

 

A or B

The simple choices made daily affect our world.  Reusable shopping bags  or one time use plastic bags- which choice helps  the planet?

Dreaming of a White Christmas

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”      Norman Vincent Peale

 

 

While it is highly unlikely that snow will create a white Christmas for residents of lower Alabama,  marvelous alternatives are available.  The snowy white specimens of the camellia family located at  Mobile Botanical Gardens and Bellingrath Gardens are joined by a plethora of festively colored camellia family members  which  provide a wintery afternoon of ethereal pleasure. Visit  Mobile Botanical Gardens  and Bellingrath websites to plan an escapade among  the exotics.

 

Links:

https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-database/shrubs/sasanqua-camellia.aspx

https://www.americancamellias.com/care-culture-resources/the-camellia-family