Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wind Chimes, Lettuce Walls and Secret Forts, Our Garden Grows!

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A Small Green Patch:
Group & Individual Member Fees: Please go to our ioby project to pay this seasons dues here: Your annual member fees help us buy supplies, hold workshops, throw events and more.

This Saturday and Sunday please stop by the garden and ask anyone if you can help out - If no one is there we could use some help watering and weeding around the bushes and flowers on the community side and cutting up the branches we took down last weekend.

Our Garden Grows: By Christa

Check out the wind chime a few members created at the Wind Chime Workshop this past Sunday! Caleigh and Maya picked out the notes and then worked on cutting the pipes, smoothing out the edges using bricks, drilling holes in the pipes and top board piece and stringing them all up. The Wind Chimes sound and look great!!

The past couple of weekends a Leafy green / Secret Fort has been being built recycling old pallets we’ve had lying around- We can grow up to 90 leafy veggies like Arugula, Lettuce and Spinach. We are testing out what will grow best and also brainstorming ideas on how to create a mostly self watering system.

If anyone would like to bring their school or class into the garden for a tour or event please contact

Kellen and Beyonce - Hive Happenings
The main "honey flow" begins in June, which means flowers are blooming and the weather is nice enough for the bees to begin bringing nectar to the hive. Bees will use a wide variety of plants for honey forage, visiting up to 40 flowers per minute. In the vegetable garden they'll find the blossoms of cucumbers, peppers and squash especially attractive. The queen, who has been laying working bees at a high rate through April and May, will slow down a bit as the hive changes gears toward honey production.
Here's a quick guide to what you seen on the outside of the hive. Our hive is in the "Langstroth" design, which has been in use by beekeepers since the 1850s. Click here to see the parts of our hive labeled:
  • Hive stand: The hive boxes sit atop a pallet and several cinder blocks. This helps keep pests out and allows for air to circulate, keeping the bees cool and dry.
  • Screened bottom board: The bottom of the hive is a wooden frame with screen in the middle. The screen allows for better ventilation.
  • Hive entrance: The enter and exit from a small space between the bottom board and the bottom brood chamber. It is facing away from us in the photo.
  • Brood chambers: Each of these three boxes contains 10 movable sections of honeycomb, called "frames." This is where the queen lays her eggs and where the bees store honey and pollen.   
  • Inner cover: The hive has a wooden top cover with a small hole for ventilation.
  • Telescoping outer cover: The hive cover is the "roof" of the bee house. It protects the top of the hive and keeps out wind and rain.

Textile Arts Center:
We’ve have started preparing our Sewing Seeds Natural Dye Garden for its second season. We’ve been starting seedlings, planning garden layout, design labels, and planning our free educational programming for the Summer. Stop by the garden on Saturdays, from 2-4PM to learn more about the project and for some hands-on-gardening. Or learn more at
Sewing Seeds is proud to introduce the Garden Residency this season. The Garden Residency will grant one artist or designer the opportunity to develop an art project for the Natural Dye garden during the month of August. The Natural Dye garden is located on Bergen Street, in a previously abandoned lot, occupying 800 square feet with a variety of dyeing plants. The Natural Dye garden is a community space, open for all, that acts simultaneously as a resource for information on natural dyes and as a leisure space. The Garden will host the Residency and serve both as working space and exhibition venue.
We encourage artists and designers to submit projects proposals that integrate the garden space, Sewing Seeds mission, natural dyes, and promote community engagement and interactivity.

Feedback Farms:
We had our CSA working share orientations last week - it’s going to be a great team of gardeners and we are really looking forward to it! We have five members from A Small Green Patch and eight from the garden that hosts our other location, Myrtle Village Green and then a couple of people from 596 acres. The exciting news of the week is that the hakurei turnips and ready and the garlic is getting scapes!

St Lydia's:
St. Lydia's is a dinner church; we meet every Sunday night to share a sacred meal in Brooklyn.  The St. Lydia's Enough for Everyone Garden is an experiment in radical generosity and grows out of our weekly practice of welcoming anyone and everyone to our table.  Now that we have finished the 2012 growing season, we are working on our plans for 2013. If you are interested in learning more about St. Lydia's or about the Enough for Everyone Garden, please find us at or email Rachel Pollak at