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Monarch Waystation At Bissel Gardens

monarch-waystationsWe are working with the folks at Bissel Gardens this year to create a Monarch Waystation. This is a perfect “put your activism where you mouth is” project. For years we have supported the Butterfly Project, Native Plant giveaways and other garden projects that create butterfly and pollinator habitat. This year we put a “better point on that pencil” by creating an area that fully accommodates monarchs as well as other pollinators and is part of a national monitoring system.

We’re looking forward to it building on the Butterfly and Herb Gardens started last year and the Hole-Nesting Bee House in the Veterans Garden. Having more pollinators should significantly increase our vegetable yields and, with signage, we will be able to up the overall education quotient of the Veterans Garden as well. Volunteers welcome!

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Community Greens Garden

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.

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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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Greenlight: GreenThumb

GreenThumb

GreenThumb was initiated in response to the city’s financial crisis of the 1970s, which resulted in the abandonment of public and private land. The majority of GreenThumb gardens were derelict vacant lots renovated by volunteers.

These community gardens, now managed by neighborhood residents, provide important green space, thus improving air quality, bio–diversity, and the well–being of residents. But gardens aren’t just pretty spaces; they’re also important community resources.

GreenThumb gardens are located in all five boroughs in the city. Some are green spaces meant for relaxation and as a community meeting space, others are full–fledged farms, and many are a mix of the types. The volunteer gardeners are the backbone of our program and are of diverse ages and backgrounds.

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The Tomato Diaries

96Tomatoes are the most popular garden vegetable so the Tomato Diaries are back. Last year was great but we learned and we are going to grow companion and ally plants to improve and protect our tomatoes this year.

Last year  we tried Stringing as a staking technique and didn’t manage it as well as we could have. WE LEARNED you have to put in sturdy stakes at intervals and string the plants regularly or they will quickly get out of control. Also, YOU SHOULD pinch out the suckers before you tie up the plants. Doing it that way will make your life easier.

Companions: asparagus, carrot, celery, cucumber, onion, parsley, pepper.

Allies:
Basil repels flies and mosquitoes, improves growth and flavor.
Bee balm, chives and mint improve health and flavor.
Borage deters tomato worm, improves growth and flavor.
Dill, until mature, improves growth and health. Once mature, it stunts tomato growth. Marigold deters nematodes.
Pot marigold deters tomato worm and general garden pests.
Corn and tomato are attacked by the same worm.
Mature dill retards tomato growth.
Kohlrabi stunts tomato growth.
Tomatoes and potatoes are attacked by the same blight.

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Greenlight-GrowNYC

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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  • BRONX PARKS SPEAK UP • BRONX COALITION FOR PARKS AND GREEN SPACES February 24, 2018 at 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bronx, NY 10468, USA http://bronxspeakup.org/
  • Starting Seeds in a Greenhouse or Indoors March 3, 2018 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Praxis Warren Residence, Bronx Get gardening early by starting your seeds in a greenhouse or sunny window. We’ll…
  • Bronx Master Composter Certificate Program March 27, 2018 at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Applications due February 20. 8 Tuesdays, March 27–May 15, 6–9 p.m., 2 Saturdays in April, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (TBD), New York Botanical Garden • Watson Education BuildingA train-the-trainer course that is designed to promote the practice of composting. Deadline is February 20. Apply here.
  • GreenThumb Grow Together March 31, 2018 at 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007, USA
  • Fruit Tree Care April 7, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Little Green Garden/Rock Garden, Bronx Have you ever wondered what you can do to get a great harvest from fruit trees in your…
  • NYCHA 16th Annual Garden Conference April 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm – 1:30 am Johnson Community Center, 1833 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029, USA
  • Beekeeping: An Introduction (Bronx) April 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Risse Street Community Garden, Bronx Curious about bees for honey and pollination in your community garden? Join Liane Newton…
  • Tropical Accent Design May 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Edith Community Garden, Bronx In this workshop, we will use our warm growing season to cultivate fast growing tropical…
  • Direct Sow and Transplant May 19, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm River Garden, Bronx Want to grow more food in less space? Tired of struggling or having stunted transplants?…

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