Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Crop Mobs are pretty amazing

I skimmed a title of an article somewhere and the term "crop mob" stuck. I kept thinking "what the heck is a crop mob?" picturing a bunch of corn stalks all dancing in a public place. Well turns out, it's almost as cool (you can't really top crops dancing, sorry).

A crop mob is a group of people who "mob" local farms or green spaces and spruce them up for a few hours here and there. It is kind of like a flash mob, but for gardening. How cool is that?

Almost any information you want to find is on Crop Mob's website, including but not limited to a directory of some of the many crop mobs around the country. I found the local NYC one and joined up through facebook. I am amazed at how hard this small group of volunteers worked to beautify some really cool looking gardens around the city. They also spruced up some tree pits and other green spaces. They even got their hands on my favorite joint in Queens: Queens County Farm.

They've been getting some great publicity lately too. Here's a write-up from Time Out NY. They were recently highlighted on NPR as well.

Some pics taken from Crop Mob NYC's facebook page:

Monday, August 23, 2010

so yea...

If you couldn't guess from my lack of personal gardening posts, I have all but given up on my own garden. Actually I don't know anyone in the area that hasn't given up. Everything has burned off, it's all a mess. I can't keep anything green and not from a lack of trying. Of course now it's raining and cooler, but unfortunately too little too late.

(insert saddest face you can imagine)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

urban composting

It seems silly not to compost yard waste and simple kitchen scraps, but I haven't the slightest clue where to start. I am trying to do this on a budget so don't want to spend the $100+ on a nice looking container, but at the same time don't want it to look ugly or cause a stink since the space is limited. I really would like a sturdy plastic container that is small enough to tuck away in the corner.

I saw this and am thinking of going for it even if it is $80. Seems like it might be the best solution.

Does anyone have any advice? Resources that might be handy? Experience composting in a small space?

I'm penciling in this workshop from the Queens Botanical Garden for September 19th to answer all my questions:

Composting in the City & Indoor Worm Composting
Sunday, September 19th, 1 to 3 pm
Workshop fee: $5/person

"Leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds can all become garden gold through composting. This class covers the essentials on composting, both outside in city yards and inside your apartment using a worm bin. See how making dark, rich, crumbly compost doesn’t take much time, work, or space. Teachers welcome--educational materials will be available. Registration is encouraged; to register, email: compost@queensbotanical.org or call 718-539-5296."