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Planting Chart

Some vegetables are easier to get started than others. Make your gardening life just a little simpler by using the Planting Chart below:
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Learning To Grow At Bissel Gardens

The Oldest Community Garden in the North Bronx
by Genesis MD & Taja D.  May 2018

Starting Seeds
The Earth is ripe after all of this rain and I am told that this is the best time to grow. As I become more interested in the weeds and trees that grow in the city it is impossible to ignore the amount of weeds that have quadrupled in volume and size over these days of sky tears.  Today we were given a lesson on Starting Seeds by Delores Bryant aka the lovely “Ms. Pepper”.

Preparation
Seeds can be planted into the soil directly or they can be started in seedling trays. We used a 1 to 1 blend of compost and vermiculite as potting soil.  Vermiculite is used to soak up and store water. After mixing the two together in a wheelbarrow, we filled 6 seeding trays.

Organizing & Planting
Once the trays were filled, we needed to choose seeds, make labels, and decide where best to store the trays for maximum growth. Once these things were established, the planting began. Using a stick tip to create a furrow for the seeds, we successfully planted and labeled 6 seeds trays with cabbage, other green leaf vegetables, perennial herbs, and melons.

Personal Goals & Developments: Planting Potatoes
After doing research on growing potatoes, Chuck and I concluded that using a large construction bag was the best growing method. So we layered wood chips for drainage, weed cloth, soil and compost to create a bed for the potatoes. Per the instructions, I planted each potato seedling one foot apart approximately 6 inches (half a trowel) deep.

Stay tuned for more ‘tater growth.

Prodigy Corner
I have been learning so much about planting and what the Earth can do for us. This learning experience has been incredibly fruitful. I’ve learned a lot about plants that have incredible uses and I look forward to my future gardening experiences at Bissel Gardens.

We will be sharing our journey as we learn, plant and help to complete other projects in the near future, so follow our gardening progress at the Bissel Veterans Learning Garden in the North Bronx.

To volunteer or visit contact Chuck Vasser

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Tomato Diaries-Baking Soda

tomato 2Home grown tomatoes are sweeter than those you buy in stores. Even the vine ripened ones can’t compare to the sweetness of tomatoes you grow yourself. To get the sweetest tomatoes each year use baking soda.

Sprinkle less than 1/4 cup per plant on the soil around your tomato plants. Don’t get the soda on the plant itself.  Sprinkle the baking soda on the soil when the tomatoes are about 1 inch in diameter and then again when they are about half grown. Or you can use 1 tsp in a gallon of water and water the plants.

The baking soda lowers the acidity levels in the soil. This will make your tomatoes more sweet than tart.  Test one plant before you try it on all your tomatoes. Be careful with young tomato plants. Have you tested your soil this year? If your soil is already alkaline, you could alter it too much by adding too much baking soda.

Use can also use baking soda to make an organic spray to treat tomato fungal disease. Combine 1 gallon of water with 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil in a spray bottle. Stir and add 1/2 tsp of Dawn or castile soap.  Spray the solution on the foliage of the plants until the fungal disease disappears.

You can also sweeten canned tomatoes when making sauce without adding sugar.

Tomato Diaries-Baking Soda

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15 Shade Tolerant Vegetables

Make the most of your shady garden space with these 15 shade tolerant vegetables. All they require is four hours of sunlight a day, or even less!
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NYC Wildflower Week May 11-20

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New York City has more nature than any other city in North America! Discover NYC native nature with free events in all 5 boroughs — guided botanical walks, garden and green roof tours, planting events, eco-salons, children’s fairs, and more.

Get to know the nature near you!

http://nycwildflowerweek.org

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About Community Greens

It takes more than a village to raise a child in today's world. The world is more than flat or round or sun and moon. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are different from that view. Community Greens, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to share my view.

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There are more of us people of color out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our concerns, ideas and sit at the table!

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Feel free to get involved in the Bissel Garden Farm Build.

Upcoming Events

  • Bissel Gardeners Meeting October 6, 2018 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Volunteer @ Bissel Gardens October 13, 2018 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Tour de Bronx October 21, 2018 Bronx, NY, USA REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN AUGUST!

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Green Tips!

Bee proactive!

A few things you can do to help keep bees healthy:

  • plant different flowers that bloom throughout the season for the bees;

    • native plants and other perennials

    • bloom colors of yellow, white,  blue, and purple

  • watch for neonicotinoid-free note on plant tags- some tags will claim that insecticides were used for ‘your plant’s health’ (but NOT for the bees!)

  • leave the blossoms until they expire

  • plant plants with fragrant flowers with a long bloom season

  • consider early blooming plants for bees that have had little nourishment over the winter

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