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New articles on cover crops for vegetable gardens – with preliminary results from research in Brooklyn!

As you’re planting and tending your vegetable crops, it’s not too early to start planning what cover crops you’d like to plant in late summer or fall!  Whether you’re looking to protect your soil, add legume nitrogen for next year’s veggies, or keep down weeds, check out our recent four-part series on the Garden Professors Blog to help you choose cover crops:

“Building Healthy Soil in Vegetable Gardens: Cover Crops Have Got it Covered”

You can read all four articles in the document linked above, or check them out individually on the Garden Professors website:

Exciting news — The article on selecting cover crops has preliminary results from our cover crop research in Brooklyn, and so should be especially useful for urban gardeners. More to come soon!

Thanks to the Garden Professors eXtension Community of Practice for providing me the opportunity to write and share these articles, and to John Porter of WVU Extension for providing helpful suggestions during the review process.

Insect Research Updates: May 23, 24, & 25 (2012)

Hello NYC gardeners!  Please join “Team Bug” for one of our insect research update meetings this week!  We will hold three sessions, so you can choose the one that best fits your schedule and location:

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Wednesday, May 23, 6:00 pm
United Community Centers, 613 New Lots Ave, Brooklyn
Subway: Van Siclen (3)
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Thursday, May 24, 6:00 pm
Dana Discovery Center, in Central Park @ 110th St.
(between 5th & Lenox), Manhattan
Subway: Central Park North — 100th St. (2, 3)Friday, May 25, 6:00 pm
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Long Island University,
Flatbush Ave Extension & DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn
Subway: DeKalb (B, Q, R); Nevins St (2, 3, 4, 5); Hoyt-Schermerhorn (A, C, G)
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In 2011 we worked with NYC gardens to learn more about pests and beneficial insects in urban gardens.  At this session we will give an update on what we are learning about best plantings and practices for attracting beneficial insects and reducing pest damage on crops.  We will also discuss ideas for further insect research in 2012-2013 that will help gardeners learn to manage pests ecologically.

Thank you to those who have already RSVPed.  If you haven’t RSVPed but would still like to attend, please give a call or email — we should have plenty of room ( or 847-287-7794).

Please download this flyer to post on your garden gate and share with your fellow gardeners!

Garden Ecology Project Update available!

We at the Garden Ecology Project would like to thank all of the gardeners helped make 2010 a successful first year.  Please enjoy this update on what we accomplished together in 2010, and our plans for learning together in 2011 how gardeners can produce abundant harvests in environmentally-friendly ways.

PDF versions of the Gardener Update are available by clicking the links:

GEP Gardener Update

GEP Gardener Update in Spanish

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