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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.


And the Winner Is….

9 Jan

Peter Duffy, dad to Nora, who guessed the closest number to the actual tree count.

Congratulations Peter!  A total of 60 trees were mulched onsite today as part of CV MulchFest. Peter guessed we’d get 70 trees, so he is the lucky winner of a large jar of local honey from the farmer’s market.  Thanks to all who participated in the contest and in the tree drive!

Two large wood chip piles are behind 195 Adams, next to the play area fence, between the substation and the entrance to the play area. Parents and others interested in using the mulch for safety surfacing: Please help move the mulch into the play area. There are two shovels and a rake on top of the raised bed near the garden shed.  If a few people grab a shovel and sling some over the fence today, we can spread it out later. Too much is never enough, don’t hesitate to move the remaining mulch. Thanks! -Denise

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mulching Jan 9 2015

mulching Jan 9 2015

Guess How Many Trees?!?!?!?

7 Jan

On Saturday January 6th a wood chipper will be on site to mulch all the CV trees collected. How many total trees we will have to mulch? 3? 30? 300?

The more trees, the merrier for the soil and the kids. Mulch is a valuable and sustainable resource for ground cover that protects soil, helps reduces runoff, and suppresses weeds. Plus, mulch is the primary safety surfacing for the play area play ground and protects against potentially fatal head injury from falls.
Cast your vote for the total number of CV trees! The winner gets a prize! Send your entry with the resident’s name, email address, phone number and age of resident guesser to cvearthlab@gmail.com by 8pm on Friday January 5th.

One entry per resident, multiple entries per household are encouraged!
Good luck!

Exciting News @ Your Tree (Mulch!)

30 Dec

Updated January 3, 2018  The BOD and the office have arranged to have a mulching machine on site to chomp up and recycle our Christmas trees on Sat Jan 6th!  This is great aspen_001-1news for our soil —and our children’s safety. Mulch is the primary safety surfacing for play area playground and protects against potentially fatal head injury from falls. (See US Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines here). As you may know, mulch is a valuable and sustainable resource for ground cover, as it protects soil, helps the ground absorb water, helps reduce local runoff and soil erosion at the same time it insulates the roots of plants and suppresses weeds without the use of toxic pesticides.

Bring trees to the compactor room in your building. Parents and gardeners, please lend a hand moving mulch from the truck to the play area around 11am. 

Finally, please spread the word. Onsite mulching is only cost effective when used on a high volume of trees. The more CV residents who contribute to this campaign, the better the use of resources and, IMO, the better chance we’ll be able to repeat this experiment. Plus, it will SMELL GREAT! Thank you!  –Denise, mom to Benji, and the Core Garden Group

Related:  Child Safety Surfacing, What It Means to Be A 245-4Garden Member




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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