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Green Family Circle Winter Recipe

Elderberry Syrup     Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are known for being full of vitamins and immune boosting compounds that have been shown to help fight colds and the flu. You may also use juices from frozen blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, either from the grocery store or frozen from summer berry picking. This syrup is...

Mr. Green Bean’s Winter Activities

DIY Desk Pals Ages 3-8 Go nuts – and spices and beans! Have fun making these simple treasures with your children. Materials: • 1 cup water • 6 bags Chai tea • 1 cup salt • 2 cups flour • Assorted spices and seeds: Cinnamon sticks, cloves, lentils, pumpkin seeds, peppercorns, cardamom pods etc. Instructions:...

Fourth Annual Fundraising Gala: The Bronx & Manhattan Land Trusts

The Bronx & The Manhattan Land Trusts invite all gardeners, their friends, and supporters to celebrate the conclusion of a wonderful season in their gardens. The Kevin Atkins Trio will entertain throughout the evening. For more information and tickets, click here.
Marie Dehaene on Urban Agriculture

Marie Dehaene on Urban Agriculture

Sustainable Cities, a panel discussion about the multifunctionality of urban farms as hubs of production, social interaction, education and diversity, is just one of many exciting events to look forward to at this year’s Urban Agriculture Conference from May 15 – 17. Rose Brook had the pleasure to meet and interview panelist Marie Dehaene. Born...
Late Winter Pruning

Late Winter Pruning

The goals of pruning are usually to control the size of a shrub, to remove dead or damaged wood, to clear out dense, choking growth and to maintain the shrub in a pleasing shape. How you prune will depend on why that particular plant needs attention.   Selective pruning: If your goal is to control...
DIY Bitters

DIY Bitters

  Use your garden as inspiration to create this aromatic cocktail essential Of all the things that have come out of our revitalized passion for classic cocktails, a renewed love for bitters is by far the most intriguing. An explosion of bitters has hit the market in the past few years, including classics Angostura and...
Happy Birthday Olmsted!

Happy Birthday Olmsted!

The new revolutionaries: Landscape architects reinvent urban parks Frederick Law Olmsted Name one landscape architect. Any one will do. No, I’m not talking about the guy who does your landscaping — I’m looking for genuine, bona fide landscape architects, the ones who analyze, plan, design, manage, and nurture natural and built environments. What was that? “Frederick...
Leaf Mold

Leaf Mold

Improve the structure and water-holding capacity of soil with leaf mold. Instead of carting leaves to the curb, recycle them the way nature does, by turning them into an invaluable soil builder. Leaf mold greatly improves the structure and water-holding capacity of soil. It also creates the perfect conditions for the community of beneficial organisms...
Hudson Valley Seed Library

Hudson Valley Seed Library

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Our friends, Ken Greene and Doug Muller, founders of the Hudson Valley Seed Library were just featured in a wonderful article in The New York Times on October 6. The Seed Library has been operating for the past 2 years to help maintain and distribute locally grown seed. Ken was...