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There’s always something interesting happening at QBG’s Intergenerational Garden & Food Pantry Project. The QBG Blog needed a little break this morning, and headed out to visit with Maureen, the Project’s volunteer manager.
Seedlings were sprouting, bees were buzzing and so were the gardeners in this active space! So much to take in but we were particuarly impressed with the new vertical garden — a perfect example of reduce, reuse, recycle.
An old shipping pallet was turned on its side and Maureen created a fabric “envelope” with the remains of the Project’s lovely canopy that blew down during superstorm Sandy. The envelope edges were secured to the wood pallet and then filled with compost. Next, small slits will be cut into the fabric and planted with edible flowers.
We’ll keep readers updated on this creative new garden!
It bears repeating: floods like those caused from Hurricane Sandy can impact both your garden and compost. Our friends from Green Thumb have great advice which we want to share with our readers:
Guidance For Gardeners Post Hurricane Sandy November 2012
Many gardens have been flooded and/or damaged by Hurricane Sandy. To contribute to the recovery effort all around NYC, GreenThumb, in consultation with the Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities Project Team, offers the following advice for gardens affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Do Not Eat Produce from Flooded Gardens
Many if not all of the flooded GreenThumb gardens are in Zone A. That includes all gardens/farms from Red Hook/Coney Island/ Greenpoint/Williamsburg in Brooklyn; from the Rockaways in Queens; and from the Lower East Side in Manhattan.
Below is a short overview of additional advice and recommendations:
- Flood waters can deposit germs (such as bacteria and viruses) on soil and garden vegetables
- Practice good hygiene (wear gloves, carefully wash hands, etc.) during and after working in the gardens.
- Wait 30-60 days before planting in areas that have been flooded.
- Soil testing is likely not needed, and results would likely be difficult to interpret, except in situations with visible chemical contamination (staining or sheen), significant sediment deposition or other unusual circumstances.
This advice closely follows the New York State Department of Health guidance for residents affected by flooding. The full guidance document is available at http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/hurricane/faq/docs/faqs.pdf
Sections of that document pertaining to gardens include Pages 20-22 (“Flooded home gardens and crop fields”) and Page 31 (“Sediment on outdoor properties”).
For All Other GreenThumb Gardens/Farms (with no flooding)
All gardeners in other areas should evaluate their gardens for signs of flooding, and follow advice above if there is evidence of flooding. In the absence of evidence of flooding, no special precautions are necessary other than to take care when cleaning/removing fallen limbs and other debris from gardens.
Jen from the NYC Compost Project in Queens shared important information gardeners and composters should keep in mind:
If your plants have been touched by floodwaters, instead of putting them aside, you should throw them away, not compost them.
If you have finished compost and organic soil that has been in contact with floodwaters, it is not organic anymore. Anything that has been touched by
the floodwaters will be contaminated with chemicals and should not be used (see tweet from Governor Cuomo in this article).
There is more information about what to do when flood waters contaminate your food crops and soil on Pages 19 & 20 in the New York State Department of Health Disaster Recovery Information Bulletin. NOTE – this bulletin is not specific to Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters may contain more chemicals and contaminants that in typical flood water.
Remember Governor Cuomo stated that flood waters can contain sewage and chemicals and that, “After a flood throw out any medicine or food that has had contact with flood waters.”
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Hello and good day Garden lovers!
With spring fully roused from her slumber, now is the perfect time to splash in the warmth of the Garden, and take a soul-easing stroll through the Fragrance Walk or Woodland Garden. And when your mind starts considering lunch or a snack, why not enjoy one of our local eateries?
Many QBG staffers take a quick walk up Main Street to a local favorite — QQ Cafe & Bakery (42-57 Main Street). Dishing up some of the best pork buns, dumplings, and cakes around, it’s perfect for a quick, inexpensive meal. Our staff chow connoisseurs particularly recommend the pickled cabbage bun!