Community Greens

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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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Carrot Ginger Soup

This flavorful soup sounds so good that I lifted it from Burpee Seeds and reprinted it here. I’ll prepare it with store-bought carrots because it’s mid winter in NYC but I can’t wait to try this with fresh carrots and squash from Bissel Gardens

contentid-9910242Heat 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp butter in a large pot over medium heat, add 2 shallots and 1 clove garlic, finely minced. Stir in 1 tbsp chopped crystallized ginger and 1/4 tsp each turmeric, ground cumin and cinnamon. Add 3 cups sliced carrots, 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash and cover with water. Simmer for 45 minutes until carrots and squash are softened then puree in a blender with 1 cup yogurt. Serve hot or chilled.

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When To Drink Water

Drinking water at the right time maximizes its effectiveness on the human body;

    • 1 glass of water after waking up helps to activate internal organs.
    • 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion.
    • 1 glass of water before taking a bath helps lower your blood pressure.
    • 1 glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attackstormy water.gif

 

 

 

 

 

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Buying Fresh Vegetables

 

I am a gardener and have been lucky enough to enjoy fresh garden grown vegetables for years. Fresh, as in just picked from the garden. Each harvested vegetable bring back memories of my childhood. I learned to garden as a kid in a NYC garden in Crotona Park in the ’60s. My brother and I spent several enjoyable summers growing, picking and eating just about anything that could be grown. The double benefit was I also learned to cook fresh food because of it. In season, we would each come home with two shopping bags full of fresh fruits and vegetables. What wasn’t eaten raw, my grandmother would prepare for dinner so we learned how to shuck, simmer and sauté a whole host of things.

Here are some tips on buying fresh fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, apples and most things are easy, just check for bruises and firmness. Take a good sniff. Does it smell earthy or fragrant? Look at the stem (many places remove them). If the stem appears old or shriveled, it hasn’t been freshly picked. Kiwis past their prime will be bald and dark brown while still being firm. Avocados will be very soft. Mangos will be soft and wrinkled. Greens (mustard/turnip/spinach) will have slimy leaves in the bunch, yellowing leaves, and the stems will be trimmed very short. Lettuces/cabbages (red leaf, green, endive, etc) will have a lot of dark spots on the edges of the leaves, browning on the stems, and the root stump will be trimmed very short.

Always wash your produce no matter where you get it. Even if it’s organic, free range or GMO-free. Wash it and, if appropriate, throw it in your refrigerator.  Some things, like green tomatoes, will continue to ripen on your counter. Unfortunately, my green tomatoes don’t last long  because I love fried green tomatoes, grits and scrambled eggs. Store bought stuff is usually just picked and packed. So you may want to soak it to remove as much bugs and dirt as you can.

Sometimes over-sized produce isn’t always a good buy. Larger produce that’s normally solid inside will become hollow due to the size and when it does, the cavity begins to rot. This is fairly common during a rainier seasons. The two worst offenders are strawberries and potatoes.

CornucopiaSure, you can buy canned but why should you when you can get fresh (frozen clearly a second choice).  There is usually some place in the world  growing what you want, so you can get it at the local market. With that said, be price conscious. Do you really need watermelon in December when it’s half that price in-season. Best to buy local and in-season. Learn to adjust your tastes a bit. It also supports the local economy and you know, a rising tide raises all boats.

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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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Chuck Vasser

Blacks In Green

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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Upcoming Events

  • Work Program @ Bissel April 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm – 3:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • Seton Falls Park Tour April 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm – 12:00 am Seton Falls Park, E 233rd St, Bronx, NY 10466, USA
  • Beekeeping: An Introduction (Bronx) April 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Risse Street Community Garden, Bronx
  • GreenThumb Compost Delivery April 26, 2018 at 8:30 am – 10:00 am Bissel Gardens, Bissel Ave, Bronx, NY 10466, USA
  • NYC Parks Presents: Jazz Concert Series April 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Hansborough Recreation Center, 35 W 134th St, New York, NY 10037, USA
  • WORKDAY | MORRIS HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS FARM BUILD April 27, 2018 at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Fridays, April 13, 20, and 27 • 10 a.m.–1 p.m.Morris High School Campus • 1100 Boston RoadJoin us as we continue building and caring for this new farm.
  • Work Program @ Bissel April 28, 2018 at 10:00 pm – 3:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation
  • DSNY Compost Delivery May 2, 2018 Bissel Gardens, Bissel Ave, Bronx, NY 10466, USA
  • NYC Parks Presents: Jazz Concert Series May 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Hansborough Recreation Center, 35 W 134th St, New York, NY 10037, USA
  • Work Program @ Bissel May 5, 2018 at 10:00 pm – 3:00 am Veterans Garden-Propagation

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