dirty aquarium water – great for plants!

aquarium-water-for-houseplants-3

My Friend Ed has an aquarium which is a hobby I’m interested in as well. Perhaps once things settle down with the house I can start one. Ed told me something interesting, when he changes the water in his tank, he saves it and uses it to water his plants! My first thought was… hoarding old, dirty fish water is totally weird and gross but Ed explained that fish excrements in the water act as a natural fertilizer for plants*.

Ed has a stellar plant collection (see above), so it all makes sense. Google also concurs:

Before you pour your aquarium water down the sink, consider using it to water your plants. This not only saves water by recycling it, it saves you money on expensive fertilizers. Aquarium water is a rich source of nitrogen, which is what plants need to make chlorophyll, an essential component of photosynthesis. It also contains phosphorus, which supports healthy root growth, and potassium, which makes plants strong and helps them hold water. Used fish water also contains beneficial bacteria that break down ammonia and help feed the soil. Water from outdoor fish ponds can also be used to water your garden. Read more >

If you have a tank, consider getting some plants or if you have plants consider starting up an aquarium. Both will benefit!

aquarium-water-for-houseplants-2
 

* Not all fish tank water is appropriate for plants, however. Salt water from marine tanks cannot be used as fertilizer because the salt will kill the plants. Additionally, chemical pH adjusters or fish medications used in some aquariums are not safe to use on fruit and vegetable plants that you plan to eat. If you have neglected to change your aquarium water for a long time and it is very dirty and bad smelling, use it sparingly on plants or you risk overfeeding them. Sludge from aquarium and outdoor pond filters can also be fed to plants, but use it as you would fish emulsion or dilute it with water first. (source)

 

tagged in fish, gardening, plants, recycle

summer ready

I spotted these freshly painted tables at the 97th street concession. Rockaway is summer ready! Our photo is included in the Rockaway Times Social Media Spotlight this week! Follow us on instagram and twitter for more!

97th-concession-rockaway-3

97th-concession-rockaway-1
97th-concession-rockaway
Find out what’s cooking on the beach, Rockawayist has a great guide to the concessions.

tagged in press, queens, rockaway

Meet The Patron Saints of (Bushwick) Cats

Born in Landen, Belgium in 626, St. Gertrude is the official patron saint of cats. In Bushwick, we’ve got the modern equivalent in Chris Glazier and Jeannie Purvis, co-founders of Bushwick Street Cats, – “a not-for-profit group of dedicated cat loving volunteers who help control the population of feral cats through trap-neuter-return (TNR), improving the quality of life for the community (both humans and cats).”

Bushwick-Street-Cats-Co-founders-02The Patron Saints of (Bushwick) Cats

I initially met Chris Glazier at a Forms show over a decade ago. When we found Fivey as a feral kitten on the street in Ridgewood, a friend suggested I consult Chris, who he said was involved with rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for feral and unwanted cats.

In talking to Chris, I learned that he and Jeannie began by taking in several street cats, but after a move to Bushwick in 2006, they gained a new perspective on the stray problem. As they continued to take in a few tame cats and kittens and adopt them out, they soon realized it wouldn’t be enough. There were just so many cats who needed help. At the time, the duo didn’t know anything about TNR but eventually met people from The Toby Project and the Humane Society of NY who helped them get started with traps, and appointments with the ASPCA.

“We eventually TNR’d all the cats on our block, so we started helping out with TNR elsewhere in the neighborhood. We figured if we didn’t get out and help these cats, sooner or later they’d end up on our doorstep.”  Chris explained.

Bushwick Street Cats

@thundercatstnr & @bushwickcats getting their 35 cats all set up with the ASPCA to be neutered or spayed!

And the work of Bushwick Street Cats goes beyond TNR. Chis, Jeannie and the group also rescue injured strays, raise funds for their medical care and foster the cats until they’re rehabilitated and ready to be adopted.

One of their recent success stories is Captain America. He was found with a serious nasal blockage and a broken leg. Here’s a Picture of Captain America when Bushwick Streets Cats found him, the photo is graphic. Here is Captain America now!  He is happy and healthy and ready for adoption! This is one example of the hundreds of felines the Patron Saints of (Bushwick) Cats and their flock have saved.

Captain-America

With all the TNR efforts throughout NYC there are still tens of thousands of cats living on the street. That means there are countless kittens being born. Chris recently took in a pregnant feral female, those kittens are also up for adoption. They currently reside at Bushwick Street Cats HQ.

If you’re interested in adopting a kitten or cat please contact Bushwick Street Cats, Inc. for more information. All of Bushwick Street Cats (with rare exception), are fixed, vaccinated, tested for FIV,  Feline Leukemia and microchipped.  With each adoption there is a fee – the cost is minimal. You might also consider a donation to Bushwick Street Cats,  which will go towards the care of abandoned cats, surgeries, nutritional supplies, TNR cages, and other essentials.

Oh, you can also watch a live stream of the Bushwick kittens here!

ChrisG

Chris Glazier – Co-founder of Bushwick Street Cats

Jeannie
Jeannie Purvis, Co-founder of Bushwick Street Cats

tagged in bushwick, cats, fiver, queens

Mike Honan Honored for his Work with Veterans

MikePhoto Credit @katie_honan

Congratulations to Mike Honan, Husband of Fran, Father to Katie and Roseanne and my friend. His work with Veterans was honored yesterday at City Hall. Mike was presented with a proclamation for his service from Eric Ulrich and other local officials.

Mike Honan has worked with an organization to properly bury indigent veterans, riding in the hearse with a stranger’s remains and taking the flag home in their memory.

He’s worked with our friends to help beautify Memorial Circle, a park that honors locals killed in wars.

If that wasn’t enough, Mike for months has tirelessly been organizing a parade for WWII veterans, securing antique cars so they can ride along the route like celebrities.

Thank you Mike Honan for you work with veterans and your contributions to the community of Rockaway and beyond!

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 8.11.49 AMPhoto Credit @katie_honan

tagged in news, rockaway