I recently bought bee pollen at the Greenmarket because I am bi-curious about bee products. It is termed a SUPERFOOD! Meg Paska, the infamous Brooklyn Homesteader, who keeps bees (among other things) right here in Greenpoint, is kind enough to school us on bee pollen.
Meg: Pollen is a reproductive matter created by angiosperms (ground-dwelling flowering plants) to aid in species propagation. It’s made up of many small grains that contain the male gametes that are required for plant fertilization. Bee pollen is just pollen that has been collected and prepared by honeybees.
Last week I shared my excitement about Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply opening up like, 3 blocks from my apartment. I finally got to head down there today and check it out – and it was everything I had hoped it would be and more. More being the fact that I got to hold this rabbit named Carrot!
The shop itself is airy and bright, with heaps of seeds, soil, pots, books, shovels, bee keeping equipment, and of course, bunny raising supplies. If you are feeling a bit blue today, this is what you should do. Go down to Hayseed’s and hug the rabbit.
Megan Paska, one of the owner’s of Hayseed’s and creator of BrooklynHomesteader, was more than helpful when it came to answering all the customer’s questions. She told me about the reasons behind opening the shop (to get affordable supplies to eager urban farmers), as well as what some of the most popular products are (books and seeds, no surprise there!).
Hayseed’s is not just a shop, they are also growing their own garden in the lot next door. This is quite a sight next to the big rigs and gas stations that line McGuinness Avenue.
I left with a few lbs. of dirt, a set of CowPots and some hot pepper and cilantro seeds (definitely a Mexican food theme happening in my garden) for less than $20.
All in all, Hayseed’s is an excellent addition to the neighborhood, and I look forward to many visits over the next couple months. They are only open through June, so go check them out while you still can!
Hayseed’s is located at 218 India Street in Greenpoint.
Gardening can sometimes feel like an ominous fitness regimen. You’ve committed to a challenge, invested in supplies, and now you must maintain the project every day in order to succeed. You watch other people around you excel with leaps and bounds, all the while your tiny basil plant has just start to make it’s way out of the ground.
I can see why it might be discouraging to some people – but just like the world of diet and exercise, there is a ridiculous amount of resources and information out there to help you reach your goals. What I have found thus far is that sticking to one plan is best, and seeking inspiration from the world around you only improves your drive. I mean, I see a particularly pretty rosemary bush, and I want to go home and COMPOST, know what I mean?
Anyway, it’s been a little chilly outside, so my garden is still hanging out indoors – which means there not a lot to report right now. So this week I thought I’d hook you up with a couple of my favorite inspiration resources, as well as share something I am very excited about.
If you have a few hours to spare and want to fall into a container gardening worm-hole (haha) there is Life On The Balcony. It’s filled with all sorts of Pinterest/Apartment Therapy-looking inspiration that pretty much screams, “do this on a Sunday afternoon.”
I’m not always the DIY type, but I love to support those who are. It’s no surprise that Etsy has some of the best, most original gardening accoutrements around. You can also look for stuff directly from Brooklyn sellers, if you want to keep things wicked local.
And finally – this is sort of my dream come true. There is going to be an urban gardening pop-up shop in Greenpoint from April 4 through the end of June. HaySeed’s Big City Farm Supply will provide everything from soil to lessons to bees. And it’s just down the street on India!
Until then, do you have any great resources you’d like to share with me? Tweet them to @everydaycaitlin !