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Recipe: Easy Summer Ratatouille

Easy Summer Ratatouille

Originally from the Provence region of France, ratatouille is a perfect stew of late summer fruits, vegetables, alliums and herbs. There are many ways to arrive at the final product. Some chefs recommend that you prepare each vegetable separately, combining them only at the end. Others prefer stacking thinly sliced or cubed

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Making Brooklyn Blue

Bluberries

What’s blue, sweet, healthy, and native to Brooklyn? Highbush blueberries! Vaccinium corymbosum is beautiful and bears delicious fruit bursting with nutrients. This deciduous shrub provides multiseasonal interest with dainty, bell-shaped white or pink flowers in spring, berries in summer, and stunning scarlet leaves in

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Saving Seed for a Stronger City

North Brooklyn Farms

Across Brooklyn, acres of vacant space have lain fallow for decades. Within them lies the potential for a new urban landscape. Community gardens and “pop-up” urban farms provide Brooklynites with opportunities to reconnect with nature, create centers of environmental education, and build stronger, more resilient

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Streetscape Gardening

Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2013

There’s a lot of pavement in New York City—enough to stretch from from Brooklyn to San Francisco and back, according to one estimate. Thankfully, many New Yorkers are working to make some of it a little friendlier by creating streetscape gardens. As the entries to BBG's Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest prove time and

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National Grid at Greenest Block in Brooklyn

National Grid at the Greenest Block in Brooklyn press conference

The winner of BBG’s 2013 Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest, Sterling Street between Washington and Bedford Avenues, was announced August 7 with a press conference on the winning block. National Grid, major sponsor of the contest, was on hand to congratulate residents and present for the first time the National Grid

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Using Beneficial Parasites to Attack Garden Pests

Sustainable Pest Management

BBG gardeners are deploying tiny worms called nematodes to battle weevils and other insects without using chemical pesticides. “They parasitize them and kill them at the grub stage, when they’re most vulnerable,” says Melanie Sifton, vice president of Horticulture. The practice of pitting predators and parasites

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