Mulch your Christmas tree at Mulch Fest this weekend!

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Once again, Prospect Heights Community will be serving as a drop off location for MuchFest. Bringing your Christmas tree to the garden will guarantee its continued use in the form of mulch which will be used in the garden and around the neighbourhood. Don’t let your tree end up in the trash!

TreeCycle/Mulch Fest 2017 is part of an annual, city wide program organised by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. For more info on the program, go to the MulchFest site.

Prospect Heights Community Farm will be one of the many places to drop off your Christmas tree throughout the city. We’ll be collecting trees and chipping them into mulch on Saturday and Sunday the 7th and 8th of January from 10 am to 2 pm. That gives you just enough time from twelfth night on the 5th of January to lug your tree over to the garden.

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Give us your leaves!

It’s that time of year again and we’ll be collecting leaves to be composted and used in the garden.

Despite sending out mailers, the Department of Sanitation will not be collecting leaves for composting in Community Board 8 – Prospect Heights and Crown Heights. Please note that, per the DSNY’s 2016 Fall Leaf Collection page, if you leave leaves out on the curb they will be collected with the garbage and end up in the landfill.

Instead, bring them to the garden at one of the following times and we’ll make sure they are put to good use as compost.

Saturday the 6th of November 12-2pm
Sunday the 13th of November 12-2pm
Sunday the 20th of November 12-2pm
Sunday the 4th of December 12-2pm

Please make sure your leaves are bagged in clear or paper bags and that you only bring leaves. Please no twigs, branches or trash.

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Annual Pumpkin Smash Potato Bake Bash

Next Saturday will be our annual fall celebration; the Pumpkin Smash Potato Bake bash. Bring your left over jack o’ lanterns to smash in our compost. We’ll also have baked potatoes, hot cider and other snacks and will be hanging out in the garden all afternoon. This year we’ll have a smoker and grill and we’ll be smoking chicken and grilling vegetarian snacks.

We hope to see you in the garden on Saturday the 5th of November from 12-4pm at Prospect Heights Community Farm, 252-256 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The rain date is the same time on Sunday the 6th of November.

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Thank you to our City Council Members

Ted De Barbieri and Brian Thompson recently joined fellow BANG member garden reps to deliver thank you baskets to City Council Members Brad Lander, Stephen Levin and Laurie Cumbo for their generous earmarking of funds for BANG gardens in 2016. Baskets included a bounty of items harvested from various member gardens. Each council member was thrilled to receive us. The meetings allowed us to express our thanks in person for their support of community gardening and BANG.

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The BANG team with Laurie Cumbo.

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With Stephen Levin.

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And with Brad Lander.

Our annual plant sale starts tomorrow

Update: The plant sale will be extended to also run on Sunday the 15th of May. Text updated below.

Our annual plant sale starts tomorrow on Sunday the 1st of May and will continue on Saturday and Sunday the 7th and 8th of May and Sunday the 15th of May. We’ll be open from 10am each day; check below for exact times.

We’ll have our typical, unique mix of of vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and herbs like basil, sage and rosemary. We’ll also have annual flowers like Cosmos, Begonias and Salvia as well as a selection of more unique perennials such as Aquilegia, Campanula, Hosta, Dicentra spectabilis and Iris. We’ll also have expert advice on what plants would be right for your garden, windowsill, stoop or fire escape!

Where: 252-256 Saint Marks Ave., Brooklyn, NY.
When: Sunday the 1st of May 10am-6pm, Saturday the 7th of May 10am-4pm, Sunday the 8th of May 10am-6pm, Sunday the 15th of May 10am-4pm.

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Compost your Christmas tree at MulchFest 2016

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Once again, Prospect Heights Community will be serving as a drop off location for MuchFest. Bringing your Christmas tree to the garden will guarantee its continued use in the form of mulch which will be used in the garden and around the neighbourhood. Don’t let your tree end up in the trash!

TreeCycle/Mulch Fest 2016 is part of an annual, city wide program organised by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. For more info on the program, go to the MulchFest site.

Prospect Heights Community Farm will be one of the many places to drop off your Christmas tree throughout the city. We’ll be collecting trees and chipping them into mulch on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th of January from 10 am to 2 pm. That gives you a few days from twelfth night on the 5th of January to lug your tree over to the garden.

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Leaf drop is underway

Our annual leaf collection drive is under way. Please bring your bagged leaves to the garden on any of the below dates. This not only diverts your compostable material away from the landfill and into a garden but also helps us keep the correct greens to browns balance in out compost system.

Please bring your leaves in clear plastic or brown paper bags. Make sure you only bring leaves; no twigs, branches, or trash please.

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Pumpkin Smash Potato Bake Bash this weekend

Join us at the garden this coming Saturday for our annual fall celebration. Bring your left over jack o’ lanterns to smash in our compost. We’ll also have baked potatoes, hot cider, pumpkin cake and other snacks and will be hanging out in the garden all afternoon.

We hope to see you in the garden on Saturday the 7th of November from 12-4pm at Prospect Heights Community Farm, 252-256 Saint Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. The rain date is the same time on Sunday the 8th of November.

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Annual plant sale starts this weekend

It’s that time of year again! The garden has gradually been waking up and everyone is getting ready to start planting what they want to grow this year. If you didn’t plan ahead and start seeds back in the depths of February, don’t worry!

Our annual plant sale starts this weekend on Sunday the 3rd of May and will continue on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th of May. We’ll be open from 10am to 6pm on the Sundays and 10am-4pm on Saturday. We’ll have our typical, unique mix of of vegetables, annual flowers and herbs herbs as well as a selection of more unique perennials available. We’ll also have mulch to take away for free, along with expert advice on what plants would be right for your garden, windowsill, stoop or fire escape!

Where: 252-256 Saint Marks Ave., Brooklyn, NY.
When: Sunday the 3rd of May 10am-6pm, Saturday the 9th of May 10am-4pm and Sunday the 10th of May 10am-6pm.

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Time to prune

A few hardy souls gathered in the garden on the last day of February to get a start on pruning some of the trees and larger shrubs.

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It was only 25°F when we started, but at least the sun was shining.


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About 10 people came to help; not bad for February!


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Brian’s mum and Catherine display weather appropriate layering of head-wear while tending to Euonymus kiautschovicus ‘Manhattan’ and Stuartia pseudocamellia, respectively.


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Two brutes, a Doctor Huey rose and Campsis radicans (trumpet vine), getting a good cut by yours truly and Virginia.


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We have a good deal of Cornus sericea (red-twigged dogwood) which is pruned every winter. After some trimming we end up with enough branches to make a decent stock of pea sticks/bean poles.


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Jeremy uses the pole saw to reach some high up branches.


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Smaller prunings being taken to the brush pile by Aaron.


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We also cut back the raspberries and blackberries and removed some larger limbs of the Euonymous alatus (burning bush). Sprirea japonica was cut back, and some suckers on the apple tree were removed.

Thanks to all who braved the cold! Everyone is welcome to come to our next group gardening day on the 21st of March at 1pm; hope to see you there!

All photos by Brian Thompson.