Talk of The Town: March 2019
Put some spring in your step this March! We’ll soon be waltzing into warmer weather, so now is a great time to prepare for a seasonal refresh. This month we’re looking at ways to bring natural cleaners into your home, getting an early start on your garden, and other tips to jump start the season.
Top 10 Things to Buy This Month
Shop smart in March! This month typically sees the best sales on the following:
What should you skip in March? Keep waiting for the best deals on cars, smartphones, spring apparel, televisions, and furniture.
Green Your Clean
Whip up a few cheap and effective household cleaners with these everyday products to
create a greener cleaner. These handy homemade solutions can last up to one month.
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ½ cup vodka
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 ½ cups water
Combine all ingredients in a 24-ounce spray bottle and shake. Spray surfaces, letting sit for 10 minutes before wiping clean with a microfiber cloth.
Heavy-duty kitchen scrub
- ¼ cup natural dish soap
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 5 drops clove essential oil
- About 3 cups of water
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Apply to the surface using the gritty side of a double-sided kitchen sponge and scrub. Wipe clean with a wet cloth.
Hardwood floor cleaner
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 1-gallon warm water
- 2–3 drops lemon essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together in a 2-gallon bucket. Dip your mop into the solution, making sure to wring out well prior to applying to floors.
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tbsp rubbing alcohol
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
Pour all ingredients into a 24-ounce spray bottle and shake. Spray onto a microfiber cloth and apply to surface.
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your garden. Get ready for a fruitful season with these tips and tricks.
- March is the ideal time to tackle ground ivy, commonly referred to as Creeping Charlie, a prevalent weed known to quickly take over Chicago gardens with ease. Pulling this weed up before it has had a chance to establish roots is key to a successful garden!
- This is also the best time for general garden maintenance. Remove leaves, debris, and twigs from your yard to provide your plants the best chance to thrive.
- Sow your seeds early. Vegetables and fruits like broccoli, melon, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, squash, and tomatoes do best when propagated indoors.
- Know your zone! The USDA Hardiness Zone Map is the standard for determining which plants are most likely to thrive in an area. Most of Illinois falls under Zone 6—look for this marker while shopping for plants or seeds to increase chances your garden will flourish.
Thinking of starting a garden? Here are planting guidelines for some of our favorite fruits and vegetables from the Old Farmer’s Almanac for the Chicago area: