Community Greens

People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

Dirty Dozen vs Clean Fifteen

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These days everyone urges you eat more fruit and vegetables to improve your health and well-being but if you don’t want to consume a chemical cocktail of at least 47 different additives, memorize and try to avoid the items below if they are non-organic:

The “Dirty Dozen”
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet Bell peppers
Spinach, kale, collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

You’ll be safer buying these fruits and vegetables even if they are non-organic:

“The Clean Fifteen”
Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

Always wash fruits and vegetables but understand washing will reduce the amount of pesticides that may remain, not eliminate them.

If it not on the list, a helpful rule of thumb may be buy produce that has thicker skin. When pealed it will have provided a better layer of protection.

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Grilled Eggplant

I’m a fan of wholesome food made fast. Recipes that take more than an hour or have more than 5 ingredients don’t usually make my dinner table. When it comes to fresh vegetables, grilling makes the fastest and simplest alternatives. Now that they’re ripening in the garden, lets start with Grilled Eggplant.

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Serves 6-8 Ready in 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1⁄3 cup butter or 1⁄3 cup margarine, melted
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Peel the eggplant, and then cut into 3/4-inch slices.
  • Combine butter, garlic salt, and Italian seasonings; stir well.
  • Brush eggplant slices with butter mixture, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place eggplant on grill; grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender, turning and basting occasionally.

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4-2-1 Vegetable Soup

Serves 4
Ingredients:
4 cups of any raw root vegetable (or combination of vegetables, depending on what you have lying around), such as cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, celeriac, potato.
2 cups of stock (chicken, beef, turkey, and vegetable stock all work equally well–I’ve tried them)
1 cup of dairy, such as heavy cream, whole milk, yogurt, or sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh herbs to taste
Instructions:
Chop four cups of vegetables and any herbs you feel like adding to the mix. Place in a medium saucepan on the stovetop, add stock, and simmer until vegetables are soft (about ten or 12 minutes).
Puree the soup, either with the help of an immersion blender or in batches in a food processor or blender. Routine to saucepan over low heat and stir in dairy (do not boil or the mixture will separate). Season to taste with salt, pepper, and any additional herbs or spices you like. Serve immediately.
Note: If you have any leftovers (highly unlikely), this soup freezes well.

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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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Check us out on Facebook: The Prodigy House Project – New York

Bissel Gardens Day 2 Seeding May 18 Original PDF

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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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Upcoming Events

  • 35th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference March 30, 2019 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
  • Bissel Gardeners Meeting April 6, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • BCEQ Annual Meeting April 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Manhattan College Leo Engineering 3825 Corlear Avenue at 238th St, Bronx, NY 10463
  • Run, Pedal, and Paddle April 13, 2019 at 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (Rain date April 14). Assemble a team for this "triathlon-style" non-competitive relay race along the Bronx River Greenway that culminates in an after party
  • New York Cares Volunteers at Bissel April 13, 2019 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Citywide Stewardship Day April 20, 2019
  • Bronx Week May 9, 2019 – May 19, 2019
  • National Bike to Work Day May 17, 2019
  • First Day of Summer June 21, 2019
  • Harlem Rhythm 2nd Annual Community Dance August 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive, at 145th Street and the Hudson River, New York, NY, 10031 https://www.harlemonestop.com/event/27384/harlem-rhythm-2nd-annual-community-dance -- http://go.addtocalendar.com

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Green Tips!

Nutrition Content of Eggs

One extra large egg (whole with the yolk) contains:

  • 80 calories
  • 5.8g fat
  • 1.8g saturated fat
  • 216mg cholesterol
  • 80mg sodium
  • .4g carbohydrate
  • 0g fiber
  • 4g sugar
  • 7.3g protein
Aside from saturated fat, the yolk of the egg is actually nutrient dense, containing vitamin D, essential fatty acids, and protein. Eggs are naturally low in carbohydrate too.

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