Urban Gardening & Ecology Blog

Much Ado About Mulch

Bushwick Tree Stewards

Spring is a terrific time of year to remove salt-sprayed, winter-worn mulch and treat your street tree to a fresh dressing. And Hurricane Sandy left Brooklyn with an abundant surplus of wood chips to use. For small quantities of free mulch, shovel as many bags as you can take from Green-Wood Cemetery. Enter at 25th Street

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Look, Up in the Sky!

Brooklyn Grange

Living roofs have been sprouting up all over New York City lately—on luxury apartment buildings, public housing units, schools, office towers, and at BBG, of course! Some are park-like retreats, others look more like windswept prairies, some even support thriving vegetable farms. BBG's latest handbook, Green Roofs and

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Recipe: Chile Pepper Sambal

Chile Pepper Sambal

Chile peppers grow readily in NYC—a simple urban garden can sometimes out-produce a gardener’s ability to use them while fresh. Luckily, preserving them is easy. They can be air-dried, dehydrated, or pickled in vinegar brine, but making homemade hot sauce is one of my favorite techniques. Hot sauces play an integral

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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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