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Are You Rejoining The Garden Committee? June 1 Is Deadline for Dues.

30 May

If you plan to harvest this year, please consider submitting membership dues before Friday June 1st. Financial commitments help us plan for summer. We always get a lot of requests this time of year and budget is a big factor in accommodating them.

Donating Is A Way To Register Your Garden Support with the Board

Give what you can! While the suggested annual donation ($25 per family or $10 per individual)  helps cover the cost of soil and other materials, any financial contribution sends a strong message to the board that there is support for this project.  Every resident (and dollar) counts!

Checks made out to CVOI can be left with the office or with members such as Shari in 195.  If you send a note to CVEarthlab@gmail.com  one of us can pick up an envelope from your doorman.

Garden Committee Membership

Located inside the Children’s Play Area behind 195 Adams Street, CVEarthlab is a volunteer-led, self-funded communal and child-friendly garden. We offer opportunities for adults and children to learn about their environment and the plants and animals that inhabit it with them; to grow and enjoy fresh produce; and to share meals, knowledge and experiences with neighbors with a wide variety of backgrounds in gardening.

Thank you.  -Judith, Shari, Sandy, and Denise, Core Members

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Reminder: Seed Starting Event Wed

21 Feb
If you’re planning to join CVEarthlab in the community room Wed eve, you’ll need empty soda/water/gatorade bottles (1.5 to 2 liter work best) as well as potting soil. Organic potting soil is preferred for anything edible you may transplant into CV’s raised beds.
We’ll supply organic, no2-Liter-SIP-3.9-300-dpi-dkong-260x195n-GMO seeds plus wicking and labeling material. Wednesday’s event takes place in the community room from 6:30 to8pm. RSVP to cvearthlab@gmail.com by Monday 2/22.
Learn more about planting in self-watering containers here. Thanks!
All CV residents are welcome to become members of the 2016 communal garden. We ask that members donate $25 per household plus contribute time and muscle watering and maintaining the space this season. Checks can be made to CVOI* and left in the office or picked up from your doorman. Contact cvearthlab@gmail.com or come to the event to learn more.
Why join? The season lasts from March to October, even November, and you’ll enjoy the friendly, community spirit plus fresh flowers, herbs and veggies from late spring to late autumn. Last year we were picking basil, parsley, sage and ground cherries, kale and bush beans well after Halloween! 2016 is going to be a great year for the garden–join us!

A Special Cocktail to Support the Garden

29 Oct
Fall Harvest Sangria

Fall Harvest Sangria

At this Friday’s Halloween Pizza Party, the garden committee will serve a special Fall Harvest Sangria to grownups. The recipe includes ground cherries from our own garden — and the mixture was a hit at the Annual Garden Fundraiser & Potluck.

Look for the garden donation jar near the sangria pitcher! We’re collecting through the end of October. All CV residents who enjoy the vegetable & herb garden are invited to contribute before Sunday. If you’d like to see a community bed again in the spring, please support the garden with a $10. donation. Soil, compost and other expensive materials need to be replenished often. Can’t make the Halloween party? You can leave cash or checks (made out to CVOI) with the office in 215 Adams or with Deb Van Wetering’s doorman (225 Adams).

Garden members are asked to contribute 3 bags of mulch/wood chips, which help the soil but also acts as child safety surfacing. Pick up free wood chips from Greenwood Cemetery or buy bagged wood chips from Bruno’s or Lowes and have them delivered. While we hope that management will bring in a wood chipper after Christmas for a CV mulch fest, ground cover is needed year round, especially during late fall and early spring. Thank you!

Related: The Most Requested Potluck Recipes

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Garden Workday Sun Nov 1st 11:30am-1:30pm

25 Oct

The clocks turn back on Sunday morning.It’s also time to close the garden for the cold weather season. We winterize the garden on Sunday November 1st from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Join us!

Skip the gym and sweat outside.We’ll empty pots, pull up annuals, mix compost into the raised beds and put down mulch to protect the roots of the perennials. (Good time to claim pots, too. Ceramics will crack in the cold.) You’ll need garden gloves or work gloves, as well as sturdy shoes and clothes that you can get dirty.RSVP to cvearthlab@gmail.com. Thank you!  –Core Garden Group

PS: We’re still collecting for the annual garden fundraiser through the end of October.We invite all CV residents who enjoy the community vegetable & herb garden to contribute before October 31, 2015. If you’d like to see a community bed again in the spring, please support the garden with a $10. donation. Expensive materials such as soil and compost need to be replenished often; every dollar really counts. Leave cash or checks (made out to CVOI) with the office in 215 Adams or with Deb Van Wetering’s doorman (225 Adams), please. Reminder: Garden members are asked to contribute 3 bags of mulch/wood chips, which help the soil but also acts as child safety surfacing. Pick up free wood chips from Greenwood Cemetery or buy bagged wood chips from Bruno’s (on Court St.) or Lowes and have them delivered. While we hope that management will bring in a wood chipper after Christmas for a CV mulch fest, ground cover is needed year round. Thank you.

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Dwarf sunflowers arrived in early August.

Dwarf sunflowers arrived in early August.

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Related: Try Recipes From the Potluck Party

We Picked Up Compost, Mulch + Perennials for the Garden + Play Area

18 Oct

 

IMG_5525On Sunday Deb, Denise, Benji & Mike drove to the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Compost & Plant Sale. We got: 10 (.75 cubic ft) bags of compost; 3 pots of little blue stem grass; 4 pots of switch grass; 1 trumpet honeysuckle seedling; 2 Mountain Mint seedlings and 6 bags of free wood chips (the most we could schlepp). Cost of the car rental and materials was $265.

If you haven’t yet contributed to the CV Garden Annual Fundraiser, now is a great time! We’re collecting money through the end of October. You can leave cash or checks (made out to CVOI) with the office in 215 Adams or with Deb Van Wetering’s doorman (225 Adams). IMG_5534All garden members are asked to contribute 3 bags of mulch/wood chips, which help the plants and the soil but also acts as child safety surfacing. You can pick up free wood chips from Greenwood Cemetery or buy bagged wood chips from Bruno’s Home Center (on Court St.) or Lowes and have them delivered. While we hope that management will bring in a wood chipper after Christmas for a CV mulch fest, mulch is needed year round. Thank you.

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Try Recipes from October’s Harvest Potluck & Fundraiser

7 Oct

 

1003151635 (1)The potluck party was a delicious success. Some 30-40 resident families used garlic, herbs and vegetables from the Community Garden to create dishes for all to enjoy.

Thanks to all who donated much-needed funds, in addition to their time, their food, their hospitality and other crucial resources. The garden would not exist without your generosity!

Donations for this fundraising drive will be accepted through the end of October. Cash or checks (payable to CVOI) can be submitted to Deb VanWetering (225 Adams St Apt 12A) or to the 215 Adams St. management office. We have celebrated the success of this season but we must look ahead and secure resources for the next season. Suggested donation is $10. per family, but any amount will be greatly appreciated. (Garden members are asked to pay annual dues of $25 per family, plus mulch and more.)

Fall Harvest Sangria

A community garden needs everyone’s commitment to keep it going strong!

Most of the costs relate to replenishing and maintaining safe soil. Learn more about where the money goes, as well as other help needed on a regular basis, here.  A community garden needs everyone’s commitment to keep it going strong! Check out the recipes from this potluck and from previous parties here. Thanks again for your interest and your support! We can be reached via cvearthlab@gmail.com

With gratitude,

-Deb, Denise, Ansley, Alison & Shari, CVEarthlab core group

Recipes: Eggplant Casserole, Sangria and more

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Many Thanks! Plus, A Call For Recipes

6 Oct

A big thank you to all the residents who contributed to Saturday’s wonderful Potluck Party & Garden Fundraiser. The food was fabulous, and we had a nice time in the community room despite the windy, wet weather outside.

While you’ve been generous already, we’d like to ask for your recipes. If you made and shared something, and you are willing to share the recipe, please send it via email to cvearthlab@gmail.com for publication on this blog. Thanks.

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Planting + Garden Prep Event Sunday 3pm

11 Apr

Join us this Sunday, in the CVearthlab garden, inside the children’s playarea behind 195 Adams, to transplant seedlings and prep the beds for more spring plantings.  All residents –with and without small children– are most welcome.  We will start at 3pm and will be direct planting as well as transplanting some of the seedlings from February’s workshop.

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We’re focusing on organic, non-GMO plants and pollinator-friendly materials. To that end, we aim to transplant organic, non-GMO plants into the CVEarthlab garden and to avoid use of chemical pesticides.

Will you join CVEarthlab for the new season? All CV residents are welcome to become members of the 2015 communal garden. We ask members to donate $25. and 3 bags of mulch (per household), plus contribute time and muscle watering, tending and maintaining the space over the course of the season. Checks can be made out to CVOI.  Learn more here.

 

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Sunday, 11:45am, in the Community Room: Seed-Starting Workshop

4 Feb
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Mulchfest = Free Child Safety Surfacing + Soil Protection

28 Dec
mulchfest-treecycle-1  Sharing this information from the NYC Parks  Department… Upcycle your tree if possible, please! The resulting mulch could go to good use in our play area, nourishing our soil and plants and protecting our kids from head injuries (the untreated wood chips and mulch serve as safety surfacing around the slide and climbing wall, but only if we maintain a whopping 9 inches depth by replenishing it several times a year). Families: if you haven’t contributed your two-three bags of mulch to the play area, now is a great time. Thanks! –Denise

Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11, 2015  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city!
Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC  to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year. Help us top this number!
How to ‘Chip In.’
This year, MulchFest will take place on January 10 and 11, 2015. It’s easier than ever to chip in! There are two ways you can help.
Chipping Locations
You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 10 and 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We’ll chip your tree, and give you your very own bag of mulch!
Drop Off Locations
Or you can bring your tree to a drop-off site from Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 11. Leave your tree with us, and we’ll recycle it for you later! The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections  for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Monday, January 5, 2015 through Friday, January 16, 2015.

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