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Tag Archives: spring
Just some inspiration! See you guys Saturday!
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.-
Robert Louis Stevenson
last year’s Arugula, cherry tomato (from garden) with fresh raw corn salad (with balsamic and white wine vinegar or white grape juice vinegar, EVOO, Sea Salt and fresh black cracked pepper with some fresh dill )
Collard, like many greens, will continue producing leaves you can harvest and eat during cool weather, but once the temperatures rise, collard plants will start producing seeds, a process called bolting. collard plants create hundreds of tiny flowers on stems that grow out of the center of the plant. After the flower petals fall off, in a couple weeks, you’ll see little pods forming on the stems. These pods contain the collard seeds. Let the pods ripen and dry on the plant, then harvest them. Remove the seeds from their pods, then save them in a paper bag until the next growing season. One thing to note: collards, broccoli, Brussels’ sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, and kale, except Siberian kale, are all in the species Brassica oleracea, so they will all cross polinate. If they cross polinate, your seed will be a hybrid that may or may not produce anything. If it does produce, it won’t be the vegetable you want. So, if you’re saving seeds, only let one type go to seed and pull the rest of the plants before they produce flowers. For example, only let your collards produce seeds and pull your kale, broccoli, and cauliflower before they bolt.
cybersources: Save your fruit and vegetable seeds! .
see also with good pictures: Saving Collard Green Seeds | breathingplanet
Steve’s commentary: So, if you have Collards flowering in your area: please, decide now whether you want to save seed. If so, pick the best plants and save the seed according to the directions above. If not, and for the rest; cut off the flowering tops. You can continue to harvest the leaves. Or, and especially for poor specimens; pull them up and dedicate the space to a more productive crop. If you don’t, seeds will eventually fall to the ground and are likely to return, unwanted, next year. Seed saving is a real sustainable gardening practice. So save the best and compost the rest!
Thank you all for helping strengthen our community gardens.
The meeting last week was a success and everyone enjoyed participating in this exciting venture, now entitled WHINGS (West Harlem Initiative for Garden Sustainability) Whew!!! As we start our garden up this spring; we can also have an impact on the wider community: helping to share the blessings of community gardening with other residents and neighborhood entrepreneurs. Each of you, brought something special to the meeting: it wouldn’t have been as successful; without you.
Weather permitting we will have our first meeting, of 2011, in the garden; next Saturday, March 12th at noon.
Join us in the garden this Saturday, March 13th at noon for the regular second Saturday garden meeting. Weather permitting, we will assess the work that lies ahead and even get hands on. We will set dates for spring activities and discuss topics you bring to the table. If the weather does not allow us to be in the garden, we will meet on the third floor of TRUCE.
We get to plant trees in the sidewalk! Please lend a hand this Sunday, March 14th at noon.
We need volunteers early this spring to put together a new tool shed and a hoop greenhouse . Let us know when you can lend a hand.
Don’t forget the GreenThumb conference on March 20 at Hostos, a fantastic event.
Can’t make the meetings? Let us know how you are doing and what you would like to see this spring.
It’s time for the annual plant sale, and the form is here. Once a year, GrowNYC (formerly CENYC) offers gardens in the city the opportunity to order vegetable starts and some flowers at wholesale prices. This is a great opportunity to get some strong plants to start the season with and for us to hold a plant sale to benefit the garden. First we need your help with ordering the plants and picking them up later in the spring. Please send us your recommendations, pledge to buy a flat of plants or volunteer to pick up on one of the following days and times:
Hattie Carthan Community Garden in Brooklyn
Friday, April 30th from 10am to 3pm
Saturday, May 1st from 8am to 1pm
Corner of Marcy Avenue & Clifton Place
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn [map]
Wishing Well Community Garden
Saturday, May 15th from 8am to 3pm
864 Rev James a Polite Avenue, between E. 163rd and Dawson St.
Morrisania, Bronx [map]
Steve felt spring fever when the plants are really in the truck and headed to the garden.