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School Gardens: Plan(t) for Succession and Success

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So your new school garden is beautiful. Students nurture and nibble kale, carrots, tomatoes, and garlic. Science classes observe and calculate plant growth. Young poets write odes to flowers. You have albums of gorgeous photos. The principal is 100 percent committed. Then, the dynamo volunteer—parent or teacher—leaves

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Spring Spruce-up for Street Trees

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Pamper your street tree bed with some seasonal TLC. March: Remove any evergreen branches, salt-splattered mulch, and dog waste. Flush the bed’s soil with water, slowly and deeply, using a leaky old trash can filled with water or a hose set to a gentle dribble. Next, apply a two- to three-inch layer of fresh wood chips or

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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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Street Tree Bed Care: Tales from the Trenches

Street Tree Stewardship

Caring for and gardening in a street tree bed is an undeniably good deed. A well-thought-out garden can beautify your block and help protect the tree’s health. But many potential tree bed gardeners have reservations about gardening along a public thoroughfare. Fear not. Instead, read on to assuage your worries. Isn’t

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Using Newspaper as Mulch

Newspaper Mulching in the Shakespeare Garden

BBG staff made good use of old issues of the Daily News in the Fragrance and Shakespeare gardens this week. Newspaper makes an excellent, weed-suppressing mulch material, and BBG horticulturists have been using it in different parts of the garden for several years. In addition to inhibiting weeds, it can also be used to

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