Urban Gardening Blog

Preventing Pest Problems

Pest Management

Fall is a terrific time to pause and enjoy your garden’s successes. But it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the season’s challenges. Working some pest and disease prevention into your schedule now can increase yields and help reduce problems later. Here are some tips: Keep your garden tidy. Put weeds and organic

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Building Blocks

Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2012

Asphalt jungle? Hardly. As gardeners in neighborhoods all around Brooklyn are showing, our city streets can be lush, verdant oases. Just visit Lincoln Road, between Bedford and Rogers Avenues in Lefferts Gardens. Or check out the tree beds on Bainbridge Street between Malcom X Boulevard and Stuyvesant in Bed-Stuy, or the

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A Once-in-a-Lifetime, One-in-a-Million Chance…

Tree Stewardship

MillionTreesNYC (MTNYC) is a public-private partnership between the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the New York Restoration Project. Begun in 2007, this PlaNYC initiative is designed to improve the city’s environment and public health by planting one million trees by 2017. Currently a year ahead of schedule,

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Summer Harvest

Artichoke

Who says you need to make a trip to the country to see agriculture in action? BBG Herb Garden curator Caleb Leech just harvested a passel of potatoes this morning for donation to a local food pantry. The Herb Garden’s artichokes (above) are also ready to pick, and cardoons (a close relative) will soon follow. Cranberries

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Plants for Shady Window Boxes?

Impatiens

I live on the first floor, and all of my windows face north. If I install a window box, would anything actually grow in it? Yes, plenty! Don’t think an abundance of shade means you can’t grow a window box full of beautiful plants. There are loads of possibilities that would thrive in just such a location, just as there

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Coming Soon: Cool Season Veggies

Urban Garden

More wet weather this week has helped the newly planted edible plants in the Annual Border establish themselves and saved BBG’s gardeners the trouble of doing much supplemental watering. Of course they’ve used the extra time to pull the weeds that also thrive in the rain. All in all, the season is off to a good start,

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