Friday, June 6, 2008

Don't put that old furniture on the curb, use it in your garden!

Recently my wife and I took it upon ourselves to plant a variety of vegetables in our garden, including tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, cucumbers and several different herbs. Having never done this before, we went the traditional route and bought planters and garden supplies at a nearby gardening store. If only we would have attended an event like the one coming up on June 10th at the Backyard Garden first, we could have maybe saved some money AND been more environmentally friendly by re-using household items that would have normally been put in the trash. Now we'll know for the future. Event details below:

Garden Design
with Edie Kean
“Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to
Garden in Less Space with Less Work”
by Mel Bartholomew

Tues. June 10th 5:30-7:30pm
at The Backyard Garden
61-73 Hamilton Avenue (between Van Brunt & Summit Aves.)

Ever plant in an abandoned bath tub or toilet? How about an old tire or rotting tree stump? Whether you are crazy about different ways of doing things or are just curious about what is out there, this workshop is for you. We will explore some old, new and downright funky ways of building beds, trellises, plant supports and other structures as well as some unique approaches to large scale garden designs. A special emphasis will be placed on recycling old furniture, refuse and just about anything you see that you can make work to the garden’s advantage. A book on alternative garden design will be given out to the first 10 garden groups in attendance.

Subway: Take the A train to Jay Street - Borough Hall, and transfer to the F to Smith/9th St.Walk west on 9th St towards Court St.Turn right onto Hamilton Ave. Bus: Take the B61 to Van Brunt St and Summit St. Walk east on Hamilton Ave towards Summit St.

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