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No Backyard? Here Are Some Ways to Garden This Spring

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Variety = great container garden, and more tips via Olive Design.

Not everybody in the neighborhood has a back or front yard garden to play around in. So what do you do with a small space? Or no space?

Mary Van Vliet of Olive Design has a great post on her blog about container gardening for anyone with access to a porch or terrace. There is a list of tips from neighbor and gardener extraordinaire Tracey Hohman, especially handy for any first-time gardeners. Mary also notes that she’s had luck with sprinkling cayenne pepper around her plants to keep the pesky squirrels away.

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Church Ave Edible Garden by Sustainable Flatbush, on Flickr.

For those who don’t have a place for containers, we’ve got several community gardening options:

• Get your hands dirty at the Sustainable Flatbush Garden Open Hours on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm. To join the Garden Team, contact Sheryll Durrant at sheryll@sustainableflatbush.org. They could also use composting volunteers!

• Beyond their regular composting open hours, Compost for Brooklyn often hosts events that could use volunteers. Check their site or email compostforbrooklyn@gmail.com to find out ways you can get involved.

• The Flatbush Community Garden and the East 4th Street Community Garden are full for the year, but keep them in mind if you’re interested for next year.

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  1. This is great! Stay tuned, too, for a Little Gardeners’ Club organized by the Friends of Cortelyou Library (find us on FB or email us at cortelyoulibraryfriends[at]gmail[dot]com for more info).

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