Category Archives: Gardens

The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

Spoiler: mites

NPR’s The Salt

“The healthy bees managed by Jonathan Garaas are checked every two weeks for signs of a possible mite infestation. Dan Gunderson/MPR News Jonathan Garaas has learned a few things in three seasons of backyard beekeeping: Bees are fascinating. They’re complicated. And keeping them alive is not easy. Every two weeks, the Fargo, N.D., attorney opens the hives to check the bees and search for varroa mites, pests that suck the bees’ blood and can transmit disease. If he sees too many of the pinhead-sized parasites, he applies a chemical treatment. Attorney and hobby beekeeper Jonathan Garaas keeps nine thriving hives outside of Fargo, N.D. Dan Gunderson/MPR News Garaas has lost hives in his first two years as a … Read the rest

DIY and the use of Plastic, UPVC and Perspex.

DIY Daddy

“Nowadays the use of plastic in DIY and all jobs around the home is bigger than ever. Where metal, wood and other materials were previously the chosen material, it seems that the use of UPVC, plastic and perspex have taken over.This is my list of DIY jobs that now use the new materials, along with the benefits of doing so.The benefits of using plastic, UPVC or perspex are simple. They are low maintenance and last a lot longer than the more traditional materials. With wood or metal, they require painting on a regular basis. Yet that’s not the case with the new materials so here are a few examples of where you can use perspex, UPVC or plastic   1. If you … Read the rest


“Winner of the EPA’s 2010 Environmental Quality Award, GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

For 40 years, GrowNYC (formerly Council on the Environment of NYC) has been rolling up its sleeves alongside NYC residents to:

* Provide access to healthy, fresh, local food for all New Yorkers
* Grow and maintain vibrant green spaces and community gardens.
* Help New Yorkers recycle more and reduce waste.
* Create the next generation of environmental leaders through hands-on education programs.”

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Hands and Heart Garden

In 2006 East New York Farms!,with support from Green Thumb and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), was provided land to start a community garden and increase green space and local food production in the neighborhood. We joined with community residents to establish a new urban farm on this abandoned lot and founded “Hands and Heart Garden” with the mission to “enrich the community through education and urban farming”. Now, over 28 gardeners are committed to growing food there for market and building relationships with each other and their neighbors. Through volunteer energy it was turned into a vibrant garden where are growing food—like they did growing up in the Caribbean, West Africa, Bangladesh and the South—and bringing our community together.

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Marian S. Heiskell Garden

Marian S. Heiskell Garden

315 West 48th Street, 8th & 9th Ave
Founded 5/1/1997


This garden behind the new Salvation Army headquarters originally reached from 47th to 48th street. The rebuilt garden now faces 48th street. Children from the Mid-Town West School garden in pie shaped cobblestone lined raised beds. The front area is their ‘forest’ of Ailanthus trees. A flagstone pathway rings the rear of the garden and leads to a tool shed. Ornamental shrubs and butterfly attracting plants hide the low wrought iron fence. The science teachers make ample use of this outdoor classroom.

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