April 24, 2015
The green roof of the Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center can be seen from a grassy hill.
Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center
The top of the Battelle Darby Nature Center is covered in plants. Right now, some colorful phlox are growing (the light purple and white) along with sedum and other native Ohio plants. The green roof acts to keep the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. According to naturalist Debbie Ruppersburg, the birds also like the green roof and roost in it. In addition to the green roof the area has native prairie grasses. In addition to its green roof, there's a live stream inside the building which replicates the Big Darby Creek. All of the contents in the live stream, including the water, come from the creek. If you haven't been to Battelle Darby Nature Center, I suggest you check it out. The bison herd has grown with the addition of three calves born last year and they can be seen in the prairie from the nature center lookout. Ruppersburg also said mid-May should be peak flowering time for the prairie grasses. The center is located on the southwest side at 1415 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway, 43119. Various trails, fishing, picnic areas, playgrounds, sand volleyball and more can be found at the park.
OSU Urban Arts Space
The OSU Urban Arts Space, located in the former Lazarus building downtown, also has a green roof. Tours of the rooftop garden are offered on the first Friday of each month May through October. Sign up for the 1:45 p.m. May 1 tour is being accepted and you can sign up here https://uas.osu.edu/tours/rooftop-garden (Please send an email if you will have 10 or more in your group for a special tour to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Seed-planting experiment update:
I used cowpots, toilet paper cardboard and Smart Water bottles to plant seedlings in an experiment to see which worked best. So far, the Smart Water bottles are the only ones showing decent-sized plants. I attribute this to the water at the bottom allowing for more moisture in the soil and the fact more sunlight can get to the plants through the clear plastic.
The plants that I've planted reusing Smart Water Bottles are growing. I used a 1 liter bottle, blue shop towel, gardening soil and used popsicle stick as a marker. You can also use a soda bottle to grow plants in, too. Here's a link to my previous blog with a diagram on how to use a soda bottle as a seed starter http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/blogs/greenlife/2015/03/starting-plants-with-recycled-materials.html
April 20, 2015
Thanks to all of the Earth Day Columbus volunteers. Together we can make a difference!
Also, if you're doing spring cleaning, remember to help keep items out of the landfill by donating them to a nonprofit that can reuse them.
April 3, 2015
Visit Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park, its only national park and connect with nature. Green Columbus is raising funds to plant trees on Earth Day, sign up for your work site April 18-25.