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Come to the Brooklyn Permaculture Meetup Friday May 20th at 7:00 at the Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue. We'll be talking about Greg Todd's visit to Selva Negra, a permaculture paradise in northern Nicaragua and Andrew's upcoming Permaculture Design Course.

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Fall is the time we get our garden ready for the coming winter.  It is the time when summer crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, okra, beans, squash and other crops that prefer warm weather are dying off and other crops that prefer cooler temperatures such as lettuce, spinach, kale, and mustard are coming into their own.  

Accordingly, we spent several weekends preparing our gardens for the change in seasons.  It all began in early October when we planted 7 trays of seedlings in our greenhouse, trays of lettuce, spinach, kale and mustard.  In the greenhouse, temperatures got into the 90s during the day.  Our passive solar system consisting of six 55 gallon drums filled with water on which the seed trays sat helped retain the heat during the nights and keep the greenhouse cooler during the days.  By the end of October, we had seedlings that were a couple of inches high and ready for the rigors of the real world.

On October 18th, Guy D'Angelo, a long time garden supporter and 20+ year organic gardener from Center Moriches Long Island came to teach a class on fall crops.  Guy explained the ways he developed in his garden to extend the growing season using hoop houses and proper crop selection to five eager students.  The group then planted garlic bulbs in one of Imani II's 13 raised beds and sprinkled rye seeds on another bed as a cover crop.  Finally we put a hoop house over a third bed already planted with spinach seedlings and a cover crop.  

On October 22nd, Repair The World, a Jewish philanthropic organization, brought in high school students from a school in Fort Green for a work day.  The 20 or so eager students spread a layer of wood chips over Imani I, learned the secrets of chicken husbandry with our chickens and helped fetch leaves from a nearby park for our compost pile in Imani II.  All of this hard work was rewarded with a BBQ at our outdoor grill.  Much fun and learning for all.

Finally on October 31st,  four permaculture enthusiasts from the permaculture meetups, New York City Permaculture Meetup and  Brooklyn Permaculture Meetup came for a garden tour and work day in the garden.  This group stripped the remaining 10 beds of summer crops and placed the spent plants in a pile at the back of the garden for a future fungi project.  We then spread a thin layer of mulch over the stripped beds and planted the 200+ seedlings from our greenhouse into the beds.  Finally we sprinkled a cover crop seed mixture over the beds.

After all this hard work, Imani Garden is ready for the fall weather, coming for sure in the weeks and months ahead.

Many thanks to all for their hard work and enthusiasm!

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What's compost tea and how do you make it? Come find out on April 18 and 19 at Imani Garden! We'll be brewing a batch on Saturday and applying it on Sunday t...o our garden beds. Many soil biologists including Dr. Elaine Ingham believe that compost tea is an excellent way to amplify the biological activity in your compost.  For a 10 minute video that explains how to make compost tea click here.
We'll also be doing some work to get the garden ready for spring, including bringing leaves from a nearby park in a wheelbarrow brigade and cleaning out our water storage tanks and fish ponds.
Lots of fun. Bring some work gloves and if you have them, rubber gloves for cleaning the tanks and ponds.
We'll be providing some tasty vegetarian stew. Bring your favorite beverage and some hearty bread.
See you there! Donation of $5 requested to cover material costs.
Loving those worms in the compost pile at Imani!

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I just want to report that we're now picking up every three days from both Tinto Coffee shop and Punchline juice bar. We're getting getting about 8 gallons of organics from each collection. I'm hauling the material once a week in my bike cart directly to the compost bins at Imani II. We should be able to produce at least a cubic yard of compost this year for the garden from these collections.
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Beginning two weeks ago, the Nostrand Avenue merchants Tinto, a coffee bar, and Punchline, a juice bar, have begun adding their coffee grounds and juice pulp to Imani Garden.  I'm collecting them on my bike cart every other day, picking up one five gallon bucket from each establishment. 

I carry the material about 15 blocks and deposit it into the "green" compost pile at Imani II.  Soon we'll have a composting workshop where we'll mix these raw "greens" with some raw "browns" along with some biochar and effective microorganisms to create a compost pile.

Watch this blog for specifics.

Many thanks to Punchline and Tinto.  Be sure to patronize them the next time you're on Nostrand Avenue near Park Place in Crown Heights North.

Greg

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