A Community Garden, In Every Sense Of The Word | Selfish Mom

Posted on June 28, 2013 – 00:00

Jake smelling a mint leaf in the rooftop community garden Jun 28, 2013 Paid/Sponsored Post

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A few days ago the kids and I headed into the city to visit a community garden that has benefited from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Gro1000 program, a community outreach initiative that provides grants to community gardens. This particular garden is on the roof of Metro Baptist Church, and is managed by the Clinton Housing Development Company, which is headquartered across the street.

The Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project was started as a way to provide more fresh produce to the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.Miracle-Gro Logo (color) All of the produce grown on the church’s roof is donated to a food pantry, which is also located in the church.Jake and Fiona planting radishes in the rooftop community garden Last year, they provided the Rauschenbush Metro Ministries Food Pantry with over 150 pounds of fresh produce! From what I know about food pantries in NYC, it is not very common for them to have fresh produce, so this is much-needed.

Metro Baptist Church

We met Lauren, who runs the Hell’s Kitchen Farm Project, as well as some other programs for the CHDC. She started out as a volunteer, but is now in charge of coordinating all of the other volunteers who work on the garden. We headed up many flights of stairs (four? Five? I lost count) and emerged in an urban oasis.

As you know I’ve really gotten into gardening in the past few years, and I love that all of these veggies are being grown in plastic kiddie pools! Anybody could reproduce this at home. You drill holes in the bottom of the pool for drainage, and then put a layer of drainage fill in the pool (they used the little plastic containers that plants come in, turned upside-down of course – brilliant!). Next comes a bed liner to keep the drainage fill in place, then soil (I’m a big fan of Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix). Add some chicken wire and netting if you have bird issues, like they did. These pools are also up on foam blocks, to help drainage even more.

Lauren giving Jake and Fiona a tour of the garden

On the day we visited, the rooftop was filled with volunteers from a large corporation, as well as some of the garden’s regular volunteers. Jake and Fiona got to help out by planting some radishes. But first, we took a tour of the garden, trying to identify the herbs by smell and taste.

Fiona, Lauren, and Jake looking at the plants in the rooftop community garden Jake keeping records in the rooftop community garden Metro Baptist Church, where the community garden is located Lauren, Jake, and Fiona protecting the plants in the rooftop community garden

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Survival of the fittest...or best prepared

2005-11-23 23:07:02 by PDX_Bonsai_Guy

Soak the pots and soil.
Drain them till they are mostly done driping.
Take heavy plastic bags and set the pot in them - pull the top up to the base of the plant - loosly close with a twist tie or string. The key is Loose - not tight.
Put them in a bright - not direct sunlight spot and off you go.
The only thing you need to worry about is mold forming, but 6 weeks should be OK as long as the top allows for some venting, and they can still photosynthesize via the indirect, but bright light.
It's this, or get a kiddie-pool to put them in...

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