For some reason, the paper wasps have been extremely attracted to the greenhouse plastic covering my raised vegetable beds. I didn’t see many wasps in the yard last year, but I’m reading their return as a good omen. Many wasps … Continue reading
While voting for District 39’s Participatory Budget Initiative, which could help fund some outstanding gardens in the neighborhood, I entered a raffle organized by Claudia Joseph and the Hudson Valley Seed Library. And guess what – I won! The booty … Continue reading
In a matter of days, the beets and lettuces will be up, the camellia will be in full bloom, and I’ll be eating outside every chance I get.
My “Golden Sweet” snow peas were planted at the beginning of March and they started coming up about three weeks later. I followed the pea inoculation directions over at DigginFood and had almost 100% germination! By now, they’re almost large … Continue reading
Voting has already started for District 39’s Participatory Budgeting and PS 39 is asking for your vote to help to build a Stormwater Garden, which will help divert rainwater from the toxic Gowanus Canal. City Councilmember Brad Lander has set … Continue reading
It’s still too cold to get a lot of gardening done, but I decided that it’s not so cold that I should worry about putting Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) corms into the ground. Blazing Star (also known as Prairie Gay … Continue reading
I’ve been starting about 30 different kinds of seeds (flowers, fruits & veggies) this spring. Some of them have given me a LOT of trouble, or just take forever to sprout, so it’s nice when run into a plant that’s … Continue reading
Last year, when we were digging up invasive weeds and planting shrubs, I planted a camellia in the center of the garden because I thought it would make a nice anchor and focal point. The variety is “April Blush” and … Continue reading
While working on the new vegetable gardens, I saw this European honey bee getting busy in the crocuses. I watched her for a full ten minutes as she continued her quest to get ALL the pollen. Welcome back, bees!
I woke up early yesterday morning to check on my plants and make a trip to Home Depot with my fellow gardener, Renee. Renee grows tomatoes, herbs, and potatoes in sub-irrigated containers in her yard. She’s also an amazing chef. … Continue reading
Building trash can compost bins is so easy! I read a great tutorial on DIY bins and it took me 10 minutes to make each one. Now I have 64 gallons (…and counting) of leaves ready to decompose for next … Continue reading
This week’s forecast for Brooklyn is mostly sunny, sunny, and sunny, with highs in the low 50s. I have some extra time off work because of spring break, so here’s what I’d love to get done in the garden by … Continue reading