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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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2013 President’s Circle Trip

2013 President’s Circle Trip

Two enchanting locales among the sprawling green hills of New Jersey horse country beguiled guests on this year’s President’s Circle trip. The first stop was the lush and romantic property of Andrea Filippone. Guests enjoyed a personal tour through her home, created from four old barns, and strolled the enthralling

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Summer Spinach

Malabar Spinach and Hop Vines

Malabar spinach is thriving in this summer's hot weather. This Indian vine is not true spinach, but it produces delicious spinachlike leaves. It's a much better hot-weather crop than spinach and requires very little care. It's also perfect for vertical gardening. It will grow easily up a trellis or even a chain-link fence.

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