Sunday, October 10, 2010

DIY Community Gardening Style

Marilyn's soil-saving saavy...blanching fennel bulbs.

Martha Stewart and the crafters at Etsy have nothing on the average community gardener or at least the ones at Floyd Bennett. Whether it's an owl decoy to scare off voles and other critters or a willow branch stretched over a doorway as an arbor to grow vines on, there's always a lesson to be learned from the craftiness of your neighbors. Plastic pots are cut into strips to protect seedlings from cutworms or ingeniously planted to aid blanching, as above. Empty water or milk jugs become cloches and scraps of wood salvaged from the garbage build gardens. I've learned a lot about vegetable gardening from books but at least as much about the craft from my neighbors.

Pumpkin patch compost..materials and design inspiration by Marilyn

Margaret's critter scare tactic.

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