Archive | April, 2013

Gadgets to Help Tend A Garden (NY Times Story)

28 Apr

The Sign I Hung Inviting Residents to Participate

28 Apr


allresidentsarewelcomeis outside now.  It’s temporary, but as many of you know people have been asking and we’ve wanted to get word out about this blog.  Comments, concerns?  LMK, please!  Thanks. -Denise


When To Plant: What the Experts Say!

8 Apr

How does one know when exactly to plant seeds to eventually transplant, transplant seedlings, or direct seed outdoors?

Here in NYC, we have some amazing resources.  One of my favorites is New York City’s Grow To Learn Program for school gardens.  Grow To Learn staff are full of useful tips and resources, including the following downloadable calendar of the earliest date to plant seeds and transplant seedlings in the NYC area (as well as when you might expect a crop):  GTL Vegetable and Herb Spring Planting Calendar by Alphabet.

Another — long-time — favorite is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  As  a member of the BBG GreenBridge Community Garden Alliance, the Concord Village Children’s Play Area Garden (aka Concord Village Earthlab) has access to occasional free plants and many informational resources, including the following downloadable chart of planting timelines in the NYC area:  garden planting timelines NY.

The two resources don’t always agree. . . for example, about when to direct seed our chard!  We planted some Swiss chard seeds this past Sunday, so we’ll soon have some firsthand information about how it does in the relative cold.


Garden Plantings Plan

8 Apr


Right now — as of Sunday, April 5 — the “community bed” has snap peas planted at its west end, a space in the middle for cherry tomatoes and basil, then a row of spinach and lots of lettuces.

The smaller bed on the interior corner of the garden (the “cold frame bed”) has a row of Swiss chard, a row of beets, a row of kale, a row of radishes, and a row of carrots.

The bed at the corner alongside the fence and near the gate just has snap pea planted now down the middle. We’ll be planting cucumbers and eggplants later in the season, just like last year!

Spring Cleaning Slideshow: Highlights From Sat 4.5 Cleanup

8 Apr


1st Outdoor Planting Event: 3pm Sunday

4 Apr

May 2011

What:  Planting snap peas, lettuces and root vegetables 
When: Sunday, April 7th, 3pm – 4pm
It’s a little too early to move the tomatoes, cucumbers and other seedlings into the raised beds, Ansley tells me, but we can put seeds for other plants directly into the ground.  (The seedling transfer will happen closer to the end of the month.)  Please join us, especially if you are curious about the garden.  For the past two years, the kids have really enjoyed seeing their seeds grow into fruit-bearing plants –not to mention eating them!

Check out more pictures of last year’s season hereTo get involved or learn more, sign up on to be notified via email when events or blogs are posted. Or, send a specific question to the volunteer team at

In addition, on Saturday, April 6th, a few of us will be cleaning up the garden to prep for the planting and the season start.  We’ll be there from 1:05 pm until 3 pm.  If you’d like to help, just show up and Donna will point you towards a project.
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