We are offering two GIFT TERRARIUM workshops with Claire in the loft during our Holiday Market on 12/8/13. Learn to create gorgeous woodland plants terrariums and take home two gift sized mason jar terrariums. A gift for a friend and one to keep! Self-giving is very important during the crazy holiday time and terrariums are gifts that keep on giving!
*$45, Includes plants, materials and beer! (Space is limited.)
Join friends at The One Well (165 Greenpoint Ave) this Saturday September 21, 2013 from 2-5pm for Seed, Petal, Color, an interactive workshop covering the life cycle from seed to flower to natural dye! Learn to process color from nature and bring home your own hand-dyed silk scarf.
Join us as we attempt to “un-bro” Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave) on Sunday August 4, 2013 from 5-7pm with Terrarium Class Succulents Edition with Claire Typaldos.
Living in a small apartment with less than ideal lighting conditions make terrariums a gorgeous and fun way to green you space. Terrariums are very low-maintenance and our succulents terrariums will be even easier to maintain!
Claire’s terrariums classes are such a hit and sell out fast so reserve your terrarium ASAP!
$50 – includes all the supplies and plants you need to make a gorgeous terrarium, plus a free beer courtesy of Brouwerij Lane!
The 61 Franklin St Garden is open! Ryan Watson, of GWAAP and Brooklyn Seed Company giddily unlocked the gate to show me the beautiful (and mugwort-filled) space this morning. Before the garden parties can begin, help is needed to pull up an entire lot overgrown with weeds. It’s super easy – just grab and pull, grab and pull.
If you’re looking for a productive morning in the great outdoors of Greenpoint, grab your gardening gloves and show up at the 61 Franklin St garden tomorrow – Saturday May 18 at 9:30am – and get to work!
Don’t be jealous of your friends who have green thumbs and gardens; brighten up your apartment with a gorgeous green thriving world! Come make a terrarium and drink beer at Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) on Sunday May 12, 2013 from 5-7pm, with Claire. All supplies are included, plus a beer. For $50, come empty handed and leave with a beautifully made-by-you terrarium filled with ferns, decorative stones, pretty moss, and enjoy a complimentary Sly Fox!
The terrarium I made over a year ago, thanks to Claire is still thriving and I have somehow managed to keep my evil cat from destroying it! I am very proud of it and know you will enjoy yours for a long time, too.
A free, self guided tour of private gardens in Willamsburg. On Saturday afternoon, September 15th, from 2-5pm, 7 households will open their doors and invite you to see the green spaces they’ve created and lovingly tend. All the gardens are within walking and biking distance of Crest Hardware and Urban Garden Center. More info.
Composting is one of those things I really wanted to try this summer, and just didn’t. My boyfriend is sort of a neat freak, and I was worried the rumored smell and bucket of hot garbage on the balcony would put him over the edge. I was also concerned about the space it might take up – you know, Brooklyn-sized apartment and everything. Of course all of my concerns could have been assuaged with just a little more research. As it turns out, composting is pretty clean, easy, and compact after all.
I recently interviewed Kate Zidar, of The North Brooklyn Compost Project (NBCP) to find out the whys and hows of composting in our neighborhood. Founded in 2004, the NBCP is a community-based effort that seeks to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill, as well as improves the soil used in backyards and container gardens around Brooklyn. They are a super organization, and as you will find out, they have a ton of information that will calm your (and my boyfriend’s) worries about composting.
Greenpointers: How does someone start composting?
NBCP: If you have any access to backyard space, starting a pile is easy. You just need a source of “browns” (brown, dry, carbon rich material like shredded newspaper or saw dust) to layer on top of your “greens” (fresh scraps from the kitchen). The leaf fall in October is a perfect opportunity to stock pile browns. To get going, I would recommend a workshop with the city – they are FREE!
Saturday 8/25: Urban Food Waste Workshop @ 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave) 10am-1pm, More info
Like any proper New Yorker, I am going to be away for the next six weekends of the summer. This is the hardest part of having a small, highly sensitive, needy garden — you have to make a choice about how worthwhile it is to have a friend come by to water it, when you aren’t getting any produce to begin with. My crops are just too temperamental, and simply not bountiful enough to devote another person’s time to. It’s like any one-sided relationship — at some point, you have to let go. Continue reading →
MillionTreesNYC is giving away a gift card to home depot and an official NYC Parks tree bed plaque to the tree steward who pimps out their tree bed. It is easy to enter, just upload a photo of your tricked out tree bed to their facebook page. The deadline is August 3rd, 2012.
Trees on your block are simple to care for: water them, pull up weeds, don’t let’s dogs pee on them, mulch them and don’t build a big box around them or cover the tree pit with bricks, otherwise it suffocates the roots and prevents rainwater from getting in.
Take it to the next level and Adopt a NYC Tree. Here is more information on how to care for your tree. Watch our Trees rule! video to learn about trees in Greenpoint.
I did a post a while back about all the other farms in Brooklyn that I was planning on visiting this summer. While I have been slacking on that a little, I did get out of town this weekend and managed to swing by a place that is pretty inspiring for any small space gardener.
Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, Massachusetts was nothing more than a tiny farm stand when I was a kid, but now it is a flourishing 4H with a giant greenhouse, a fully stocked store, and more baby sheep than you can shake a stick at (please don’t shake a stick at them).
I am a total softy, and I die for baby animals. My partner and I spent 45 minutes feeding the cows and goats and lambs grain pellets and trying to talk sheep with them. It was totally magical in a way that is hard to find some days in New York.
On our way out I spotted a Charlie Brown-style blueberry bush, and knew it had to be mine. It is now out on the balcony, adjusting to the sounds of McGuinness Boulevard, and the slightly smoggier air of our dear city.
Have you gotten out of town recently? What are some fun, farm/garden day trips I should take?