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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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Great work days in the Imani over the weekend. In addition to getting more seedlings out of our greenhouse into the planting beds in Imani II, we cleaned out the fish ponds in Imani I. Discovering sadly no fish. This is the first time in three years when all of the fish died over the winter. We had about 20 goldfish in the ponds varying in size from about 3/4 inch to about 3 inches. This kind of makes the tough winter real. Many thanks to Tania Martinez for her help.  

I hope to clean out the big water storage tank in Imani I this week.  That would be first ever cleaning in the about six years we've had that tank.  I intend to add a fine mesh strainer to the intake to keep out mosquitoes.

 

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Tired of the cold?  Tired of being cooped up in your apartment?  

Shake those cold winter blues and come to the Spring Clean up at Imani Garden.   Below is a list of some of the work projects we've got scheduled.

1. Pulverize charcoal left over from lobster dinner for compost amendment (biochar)

2. Cut up vines from old compost

3. Add soil in black bags to beds

4. Add EM-1 to compost (effective micro-organisms)

5. Raise sides of beds for root vegetables

6. Plant wildflower seeds in flower beds at edge of garden

7. Prune berry bushes

8. Cut down, cut up and compost vines along fence and on trellis

9. Repair trellis

10. Move compost from NYRP into beds

11. Clean storage tanks

12. Turn compost pile when ready.

13. Plant grass over rain garden Imani II

14. Build overflow for water storage tank Iman II

15. Clean out ponds in Imani I

16. Clean out and reorganize shed in Imani I

17. Prune trees along northern fence of Imani I

18.  Add window to greenhouse

19.  Clean aquaponic ponds and beds

If any of these or all of these interest you, or you'd just like to get your hands dirty, come on by.   

We'll be doing this on Sat. and Sun. April 5,6 and Sat and Sun. April 12,13.  Come by any or all of these days.

Who knows, one of members may even fire up the cob oven and make some delicious pizza for lunch!!

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A bunch of us took advantage of the beautiful weather on Sunday Feb. 2 to replace the frayed plastic on the greenhouse and remove a planting bed.  With the planting bed gone from inside the greenhouse, we'll have more room for benches to place our seeds.  We've purchased 150 peat pots and containers to keep the seeds comfy and moist.

 

We will be building the new benches next weekend on Feb. 8th and 9th.  If you'd like to get involved, shoot me an email.

 

Meanwhile Alijan Sethy of the design firm SRY Rainbow is sketching up a new greenhouse for us.  It will incorporate earthbag construction technology, be at least 12 feet high and use internal piping to create what Jerome Ostenkowski calls a "climate battery".  More about what Jerome is up to can be found at his website: 

 

http://crmpi.org/

 

Below are some photos of us at work on Sunday.

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We did it!  10 attendees and guest worked two days in the hot sun.  Stomped a lot of clay, sand and straw.  But at long last, we have a working oven at Imani I.  To test the oven out, we made pizza and muffins.  Mmmmm.. good!b2ap3_thumbnail_cob-4.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_cob-5.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_004_20130722-013618_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_010_20130722-013643_1.JPGb2ap3_thumbnail_cob-1.jpg

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