This Saturday, September 21st, The Battery Conservancy is hosting a “Tree Walk and Talk” with William Bryant Logan at Battery Urban Farm. Bill is president and founder of Urban Arborists Inc., and award-winning author of “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth”, “Air: The Restless Shaper of the World” and “Oak: The Frame of Civilization”. The Tree Walk and Talk will explore urban orchards, trees and the soil they call home. This starts at 1pm, Volunteer hours are 10-1pm and Farmstand hours are noon – 4pm.
Seed bombing BK today. What is that you ask? I’m dropping seeds in vacant lots. Why? Why not?! I’m dedicated to beautifying this urban jungle with my urban greenthumbs… And, as an urban gardener with some edge and spunk, it’s only natural for me to be drawn to the “guerilla” activities of seed bombing.
The concept of seed bombing was popularised in the 20th century by Masanobu Fukuoka. The essence of a seedbomb is a small ball of compacted compost stuffed with native seeds. After the seed bomb is created (see elements below), the seed ball/bomb can be thrown into nooks and crannies throughout the urban landscape.
My intention is to prettify the urban jungle and to trigger a more diverse habitat in vacant lots, construction sites and subway tracks.
To make your own seed bombs, create a ball of matter with the following elements:
* 5 tablespoons of seed compost
* 4 tablespoons of terracotta clay powder (holds the bomb together)
* 1 teaspoon of seeds, native to growing zone
* Sprinkles of water at intervals
* If Nitrogen/Phosphorus/Potassium (NPP) is absent in the compost, add liquid fertiliser
* 1 teaspoon of chilli powder or garlic powder as a pest deterrent (mites, aphids etc.)
This weekend, city-wide, WhyHunger, multiple community-based orgs, Occupy Wall Street working groups and the New York City Community Garden Coalition are holding “unconferences” in community gardens and other public space venues all over New York City. Their intention is to inspire, celebrate and provide a platform to discuss and learn between differing groups citing challenges on a local and global level.
Will you be going this weekend? You can catch me at the “New Urban Farms and their Role in Food Justice” and “Swarm Organizing w/ Superglitch”. Would love to meet you there! XO
Garden update: Today I transplanted last year’s strawberries, cleaned up the roses and sowed beets. I also found all sorts of little gifts that the winter squirrels left for me. I hope they don’t come back anytime soon looking for their buried treasure!
Garden update: While it was a beautiful day in Brooklyn, it was super windy on the roof. Because of the high winds I only got to sow; lettuce, arugula, and the Mac Daddy of the garden>>> marigolds! Was great to get my hands dirty with soil!
Stephen Ritz is my new hero. Hats off and deep gratitude to the courageous grass-roots pioneers making a real difference in this city and beyond!!! His TEDxManhattan lecture highlights the fact that solutions are here in front of us. We do not need to travel far to make things right at home.
I’m deeply moved by his passion, gusto and compassion. Plus, he refers to the BX as “the borough that gave us baggy pants and funky fresh beats is becoming home to the organic ones”. This guy knows what’s up!!!
Ever since I began the Lady Greenthumbs Garden Project, the urban landscape no longer looks crowded. Rooftops, vertical gardens, edible living walls and street-level gardens present a huge opportunity for our crowded city to get self-sufficient. I see NYC as a tremendous growing opportunity as we shift our resources and engage unused spaces!
Terreform proposes a plan that would bring the city to a self-sufficient state, while using Times Square as an energetic production hub.