Posts categorized as Gardening

Wild Bayberries – Jamaica Bay

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As the name indicates, Bayberry grows around coastal areas such as bays and bogs. Matt picked this for me a few days ago in Jamaica Bay. Who needs the florist? Just forage for a bouquet! Below are other beautiful plants you can find around the Jamaica Bay area. The leaves and dried fruit of the Bayberry plant are aromatic. It’s given Greek name Myrike means fragrance. If you crush the dried berry, a strong scent will release. Bayberry shrubs therefore are widely used in soaps, candles and oils but it has more purpose, such as insect repellent. It is used […]

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A New Transplant in Rockaway

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After multiple requests to the Parks Department and incessant reminders to them via twitter, I finally got my tree-aaaaa!! My tree, which Matt named Charlie, is not the one I requested but I love him all the same. It’s a Sophora Japonica, commonly called a Regent. It’s a nonnative species on the NYC approved species list because of its tolerance to weather; its ability to grow in any soil and its non-aggressive roots system. Charlie is from Connecticut – don’t judge, he’s a transplant. He was a leftover from last springs planting. This is probably why the city ignored my request for a Chokecherry. They […]

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plants growing in strange places

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In the mornings, I like to stroll around the front and backyard looking at the garden. Well, it’s more like over-grown weeds with random flowers intermixed. I’ve been busy with house projects so the garden has been left to run wild.  Matt makes fun of me saying, “You look insane watering those weeds!” The other morning while sipping my coffee I spotted this agastache plant growning out of a crack in the house. My friend John gave us some agastache a while back. When we moved from Ridgewood, we dismantled the roof deck and the agastache came […]

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Beach 91st Street Community Garden

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If I haven’t mentioned, I have a plot in the Beach 91st street community garden.  It’s across the street from our house. There’s been two potluck garden dinners so far, where members bring dishes with food they’ve grown from the garden. It’s been fun to meet everyone and talk shop over supper. I’ve been meaning to take some photos of what’s growing and what’s going on behind the gates. We keep bees! About a month and a half ago we adopted a bee hive from NYC beekeepers. I love seeing how everyone […]

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My basil leaves a lot to be desired

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Here it is, past the July 4th weekend and this is what my basil plants look like (above).  Last year I was so proud that I had a red grape tomato one day after my Italian friend in Brooklyn had his first one.  This year my basil leaves a lot to be desired. My friend Fran, has a jungle of basil growing in her yard.  My sister, Brenda, has it coming out of the cracks in her deck, so it isn’t the cold Spring or lack of sunshine here in […]

How to Grow Horseradish… Forever

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Momma Plant – growing in June You know the expression, strawberry fields forever?  It’s the same thing for horseradish. Plant it and two years later you’ll need a machete to get out of your house, there’s so much growing!  Horseradish is a root crop that is very popular in the spring and is used in Passover dinners as the bitter herb. It’s also terrific in Bloody Mary’s (as we all know!). Right now it is growing lushly and it’s starting to take over my little patch of herbs. You notice the momma […]

Tip for a better blooming lilac bush

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Okay, now that your lilac bush has finished blooming and you have all these dead flower heads, what do you do? To encourage even more flowers next Spring, pinch off the dead head at the base, as shown. Next year instead of one flower on that stem, you’ll get two. Try it! And of course, you’ll be putting those dead flower heads in your compost pile to add organic matter to your soil.

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dirty aquarium water – great for plants!

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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 […]

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Opening Weekend at Edgemere Farm

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My first time at Edgemere Farm was for the Italian night summer dinner. Ever since, I’ve been a regular visitor. Excitement is building for opening weekend at Edgemere Farm – May 2nd and 3rd, 9am – 2pm. If you would like a free tree, you must reserve and register here in advance. Items for sale include garden plants, herbs, fresh eggs and more. Also The End of  The A shopping mobile truck will be parked outside selling house plants and beach gear. Hope to see you there! Edgemere Farm /  Facebook 385 Beach […]

Beach 91st Street Community Garden

Beach 91st Street Community Garden

For more info visit Beach 91st Street Community Garden’s Facebook page. Hope to see you there.

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