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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.

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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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Bissel Gardens Spring Prep

Community Gardening at it finest. Okay, okay, maybe not the finest but pretty darn good!

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The Veterans Garden @Bissel is a more than a garden. It is a community activity that engages local veterans, community residents and young gardeners that covers several garden areas and activities as an overall exposure to urban gardening and techniques.

  • Greens, nothing but greens, in the Brassica/Cabbage Family: collard greens, kale, cabbage, broccoli and brussel sprouts. Experience and enjoy green, leafy, vegetables, some with heads and some without.

How to Grow
Choose a location in full sun with a rich, well-drained soil.
Space plants 1-2 feet apart in rows 2 feet apart.
Dig a hole for each plant large enough to accommodate the root ball.
Place the top of the root ball so that it is level with the surrounding soil.
Backfill the hole and press the soil down and firm with your hand. Water deeply.

Cultivate or mulch to control weeds.
Fertilize at least once during the growing season.
Plants are able to tolerate a light frost.
Use floating row covers to deter pests and protect from extreme cold.

A black man planting seeds

Growing Tips
Harvest after first frost if you prefer a sweeter flavor.
Pick the outer leaves as needed once they reach 6-8 inches long about 55-60 days after transplanting.
Leave the central bud since it will grow new leaves.
Use cabbage and collards as a substitute for lettuce.
Can be eaten raw or cooked.

Common Problems
Diseases: Bacterial Leaf Spot, Downy Mildew, Clubroot, Powdery Mildew
Insects: Aphids, Cabbage Looper, Flea Beetles, Leafminers, Slugs

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Our mission is to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
GrowNYC was originally created in 1970 as the Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC). Born out of the spirit of the first Earth Day, CENYC was initially a policy-based organization, writing comprehensive reports about quality of life issues like air quality, traffic, and noise. Over the past 45 years we’ve become a service organization: whether it’s operating the world famous Union Square Greenmarket, building a new community garden, teaching young people about the environment, or improving recycling awareness, if you’re a New Yorker, GrowNYC is working near you!

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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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Upcoming Events

  • Bissel Gardeners Meeting July 7, 2018 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Volunteer @ Bissel Gardens July 14, 2018 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Bombazo Dance Co / The Sabrosura Effect July 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm St. Ann’s Ave. & 146th St., Bronx, 11413

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A green roof is partially or completely covered with vegetation, such as sedum, planted in a growing medium over a waterproof membrane. Green roofs are can help insulate your house, reduce water runoff, filter pollutants, and cool the air. The typical green roof isn’t meant to be walked on. A roof garden, whether or not it has flowerbeds, is meant to be visited and enjoy.

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