NYBG Offers summer classes with Gardener / Writer Ellen Zachos

Ellen Zachos is teaching at the New York Botanical Garden. She is offering two courses – one in Terrace Gardening and one in Backyard Foraging. The audio file link: <INTERVIEW> The file will download as an .MP3 and you can put it on your phone or IPOD or play it on your computer. In the audio interview Ellen answers these important terrace gardening questions: 1) What sort of water requirements does terrace gardening require that are different than other residential gardens? 2) Do terrace gardens have any particular pests that plague them? 3) What are some of your favorite terrace gardens that you have worked on? 4) What media/soil do you recommend. 5) Any favorite flowers you like to grow on a terrace? Here’s a link to SIGNUP to Ellens classes

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Eco-Fashion: Peace, Love & Makeup ☮❤

For many wanting to maintain their appearance – choosing makeup is a murky subject. This might be in a struggle for purity or even frustration because makeup ingredients are so complex. Enter Peace Love Makeup ☮❤ & Apothecary. Marcie Lakin is an esthetically focused entrepreneur launching a business that some might find to be an embarrassing secret. Marcie has years of experience in two major fashion centers – her perspective has been forged in the fire of freelance work. Let’s face it – this is one of the most difficult industries to maintain a healthy perspective. Ms. Lakin has done her homework on the matter and presents her endorsement of the products she is promoting from experience and study. She is also an accomplished urban gardener. Marcie has a[…]

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Monsanto on the Ropes

http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/  A global protest is planned for this Saturday May 25 2013. It’s widely written that this multinational corporation has worked with Blackwater to specifically undermine the activities of protests rallied against it.  The corporate chilling of free speech will undoubtedly be present in this Saturday’s world wide outcry against the business practices of this monopoly. But the momentum of the movement appears to be unstoppable despite any alleged dirty tricks and illegal subtrafuge.  Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields http://naturalsociety.com/shopping-app-boycott-monsanto-others/ Monsanto Declared Worst Company of 2011

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Winter Gardening

Here’s a link list of winter gardening tips! http://www.metropolitangardening.com/2010/12/3-tips-to-care-for-winter-garden-linda.html http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/stories/winter-gardening-tips http://www.hgtv.com/topics/winter-gardening/index.html https://www.cityparksfoundation.org/fallwinter-gardening-tips/ http://www.ufseeds.com/Winter-Gardening-Tips-Gardeners1.html http://www.ahs.org/gardening_q_and_a/winter_gardening_tips.htm http://casfs.ucsc.edu/publications/for-the-gardener/ideas-for-the-winter-garden

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Flooding in New York City

At high tide the waters rose to within 20 ft of my door and poured  in the entry way of my building near the third avenue bridge. We packed our bags got the rug off the floor and packed up the cat to go but it occurred to me that high tide had passed and the waters wouldn’t get any higher. Though they threatened to shut off the power to the building we stayed and the waters receded… PHEW!

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Brooklyn Greenroof Booth at Union Square

Inger Staggs Yancey has an undeniably cute green roof booth at the Union Square Farmers Market Grow NYC Fest. I got a little slice of the technology from her for a buck and asked her for her first person description of her business. Thank you for stopping by my booth yesterday and being interested in what I do with green roofs and other green infrastructure. I founded Brooklyn Greenroof on Earth Day in 2008. Last year I reformed as Brooklyn Greenroof, LLC. The change in legal structure reflects a shift in focus from just designing green roofs to now also installing them. I This is installation season. We are finishing up one residential green roof installation currently and have two more scheduled to install this month. Next month, we[…]

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