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Check out the Pretty Portaluca!

11 May

Bean Seeds Planted; Echinacea Transplanted

6 May

Cucumber and Carrot Seeds Are In the Soil!

4 May

Plant Swap is 2pm Sat, Part of CV’s Earth Day Fest

29 Apr

My cuttings are ready for trading! Interested? Bring cuttings of healthy, pest-free houseplants to the children’s play area at 2pm on Sat April 30th. (Please do not bring plants seeking a new home.) The free swap is part of Earth Day Fest, sponsored by CV’s Recycling & Sustainability Committee. From 12 noon to 3pm there will be eco-themed games and outdoor family-friendly activities.

Before the swap, at 1230pm, we will transplant flowers, adding finished compost as fertilizer, to illustrate the end product of food-waste collection. The activity ends at 130pm, but you’ll find lots more going on around the CV grounds. See the posters in your lobby for more details. Thank you! -Denise

Attention Houseplant Lovers: Swap Cuttings Saturday, at 2pm, in the CV Play Area

26 Apr

As part of Saturday’s Earth Day Fest, there will be a CV plant swap.

Come to the Houseplant Swap!

Join the Recycling and Sustainability Committee and your neighbors this Saturday to celebrate our home planet and learn more about upcycling opportunities at CV !

How a Plant Swap Works

Bring a plant cutting, take a plant cutting.  This swap is for residents looking to exchange or give away healthy, pest-free cuttings or houseplant starts.  Please no donations of unwanted plants or planters that need a new home.  Bring your plant cuttings, preferably labeled, in a container that you do not need back, to the children’s play area behind 195 Adams St at 2pm. 

Share ’em if you have ’em!

Particpants are welcome to swap or just donate (healthy) plant cuttings. If there are extras, they will be given away at 2:30pm on a first come, first served basis.

There will be other plant-friendly activities during Earth Day Fest, including

Make an upcycled plant hanger Bring a medium sized pot to make a decorative hanging for it! Or just yourself and a willingness to learn! We will have a limited supply to share.

Plant Spring Flowers with GrowNYC Compost! Ever wonder where the food scraps go? We will use finished compost materials to help fertilize flower seedlings as we transplant them into CVEarthlan.com’s sidewalk planters and window boxes.

Earth Day Fest is happening on Saturday, April 30 from 12pm-3pm outdoors, in multiple locations on CV grounds. The Shredding Truck will be onsite, behind 215 Adams Street, from 12noon until 4pm.

Questions or concerns? Send questions or concerns via email to recycling@concordvillageny.com 

Read more about swapping on Homestead Brooklyn: How to Organize a Plant Swap Like a Pro!

Garden Trellis From 2012 Gets Facelift for 2022 Season

24 Apr

To get ready for the 2022 crop of climbing snap peas, beans, tomatoes and cucumbers, Chris and Judith repaired the trellis with a colorful new string.

Trellises Were Constructed Circa 2012

Flashback to 2012. Dennis, dad to Warner and Audrey, puts together the original. See more from the archives…

Mark your calendar : CV’s Earth Day Fest is Sat April 30th

22 Apr

Earth Day Fest is happening on Saturday, April 30 from 12pm-3pm outside over a couple of locations at Concord Village (map will be shared next week, rain date May 1). There are a couple of ways you can get involved: 

Houseplant Swap Bring a plant cutting, take a plant cutting.  This swap is for residents looking to trade or give away healthy, pest-free cuttings or houseplant starts.  Please no donations of unwanted plants or planters that need a new home.  Bring your plant cuttings, preferably labeled, in a container that you do not need back, to the children’s play area behind 195 Adams St at 2pm. 

Make an upcycled plant hanger Bring a medium sized pot to make a decorative hanging for it! Or just yourself and a willingness to learn! We will have a limited supply to share. In addition, you can bring your clean plastic “produce bags” and other shopping or food bags (like the bag that bread comes in) to the office for reuse or recycling this week only, collection closes on Friday April 29 at 4pm! 

Volunteers needed for Earth Day Fest We are looking for one or two people to help out at the event on April 30 from about 11:45am to 3:15pm. Email Shari Rueckl [misssha76@gmail.com] if you are interested and available to help, it is much appreciated! 

Onsite shredding [12pm-4pm behind 215 Adams St]Any documents or files can be shredded, including CD’s.  Please remember to separate CD’s from all paper documents. Please remove paper clips, binder clips, and all other binds, except for staples, from your documents to avoid overcrowding. 

As always, we welcome your questions, comments, and concerns via email to recycling@concordvillageny.com 

Best,

Concord Village Recycling and Sustainability Committee

Follow Up Care for Self-Watering Planters

19 Apr

I hope everyone is seeing success with their plantings… There are sprouts in my shishito peppers and my tomato (or ground cherry) planters. Nothing happening yet with the sweet peppers…

Here are some tips for home care of your sub-irrigated planters.

1. (At home) Remove and fill the bottom reservoir cup with about 2-3 inches of water. For one time only, water plant from the top to allow soil and wick to settle. Wick should dangle into liquid to allow soil to “suck up” the water while plant “self water” itself.

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2. Place in full sun or sunny windowsill.  

3. Add water to bottom cup every 2-3 days. It is OK to spritz soil from the top, but “watering” should be done via the reservoir in the bottom of the planter.

4.  If you need to add soil, use organic potting soil. Most of the plants won’t be ready for transplant until late May or June.

5. Ask questions if you have any! Post a message here or send a note to cvearthlab@gmail.com

Thanks!

-Denise

Thanks to the Diggers!

17 Apr

Thanks to all who came out to help till and prep the beds Saturday afternoon. Attendance included six adults, five enthusiastic kids, and three+ worms. The kids also helped spread mulch around the border fence exterior to help protect the hosta, day lilly, bee balm and other perennial plants pushing up from underground. Grownups uncovered and cleaned up the standing herb bed outside the fence. Oregano and some other herbs are back and ready to be picked!

We hold to hold more activities this week in the evenings. Dates and times depend on volunteers’ availability and weather, and are sometimes announced last minute. Follow the CVEarthlab.com blog (via email notifications) to get the most possible notice about happenings. Friday April 29th and Sunday April 30th, after we pick up flats from the GrowNYC sale, there will be opportunities to transplant marigolds, portulaca, and other annual flowers. All residents, including those with and without small children, are most welcome to participate.

430pm Today: Dig and Till the Dirt!

16 Apr

Gardeners will be outside in the garden today prepping the raised beds for spring planting.

We grow cover crops, aka green mulch, during the winter months to help preserve and nourish the soil. In Spring, we till the soil and turn under the green growth.

This is a great job for kids who like to dig! And an opportunity to flex gross motor skills and learn about nitrogen replenishment. We welcome diggers of all sizes to join us between 4:30 and 5pm today. Thank you.

PS

There will be worms!!!!

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