Urban Gardening & Ecology
From the overflowing window boxes of Bay Ridge to the patchwork of urban farms in East New York, gardening in Brooklyn means tradition, therapy, discipline, beauty, and can-do resilience. But when the second spring since Sandy came this year, many gardeners in coastal Brooklyn did not see the buds and blooms they were used
Young gardeners learn best by doing, and street trees could use their help! Here are some tree-rific tips to get started: Prep: Scout your tree bed for anything hazardous that should first be removed by you. Dress the part: It’s dirty work, so think fashion for scarecrows—gloves and old clothes. De-trash: Together,
A regular in lawns and along paths, broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is a weed you’ll see plenty of now and for the rest of the summer. Even among weeds, it’s incredibly persistent. Mow it, step on it, weed-whack it, and this tough perennial will return, thanks to its low-growing habit and regenerative crown.
Leafing out in silvery-green abundance, mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) appears in vacant lots and at roadsides and park edges around this time of year. This hardy member of the aster family thrives in these disturbed areas and easily withstands attempts to yank it out. Thanks to its extensive system of rhizomes, or
Rued by gardeners the world over, the indomitable dandelion easily reigns as the most famous of all weedy plants. With its bright yellow flowers and puffball seed heads, the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is what comes to most people’s minds when you say “weed.” Native to temperate regions of Europe and Asia,
Few wild plants are hardy enough to emerge in April. The ground has only recently thawed and most are waiting for just the right amount of consistent warmth and moisture before coming up. But purple deadnettle (Lamium purpureum) takes advantage of the open expanses of soil and lack of competition. This common weedy plant