Re: Cutting Costs in the Garden - Street Boutique
- Subject: Re: [cg] Cutting Costs in the Garden - Street Boutique
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 09:35:11 EDT
99. 44/99% of all NYC community gardens started off and are still poor
Between organizations like Green Guerillas gleaning bulbs and greenery from
professional landscapers ( and garden showcases like the Rockefeller Center
"islands") and what gardeners have scrounged off the streets, it's amazing
what we have managed to recycle.
A prime example - A landlord decides to demolish a 150 year old brownstone
staircase, with cast iron bannisters and finials a few doors down from the
CCG. The nice Brooklyn basedRajput gentlemen (bearded, turban wearing Hindus
from the Indian subcontinent) are persuaded to let us dumpster dive and to
look at the stuff they are breaking up before they go in the dumpster. We add
our labor to keep them on schedule and let them chill during lunch hour
during the garden.
We ended up with a ton of primo stone for garden paths and beds, and a
spendid piece of cast iron which we painted and moved to the back shade
garden/patio. Most of our "street boutique" items are not so classy - pink
flamingoes, an old wooded whisky barrel and recycled plumbing fixtures are
our usual speed.
<A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/">Clinton Community Garden</A>
<< Subj: [cg] Cutting Costs in the Garden
Date: 4/23/03 9:21:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Call)
To: email@example.com (Tamsin Salehian),
Yeah, you guys are going to love this.
Speaking of using materials in the garden that "cut costs", here are a few
Wood Chips - for garden paths only (not in actual garden, nitrogen sucking
medium) - Delivered free to the garden from a tree service who is on
contract with the city to mainly trim trees (helps keep the lights on during
those ice storms). I've given them instructions to dump only "clean chips"
and not ones which includes limbs.
Leaf Mulch - Our garden is located next to the city's leaf pickup storage
area (a stone's throw from the garden). They deliver (using a front loader)
great leaf mulch to the garden.
New this year - Believe it or not, we have actually started visiting the
local funeral homes . You see, traditionally in the South, after the
graveside funeral service, the flowers from the wreaths are taken from their
metal stands (trianglar) and thrown onto the casket, then buried. After the
family leaves, the funeral home workers gather up all the metal stands and
take them back to the funeral home where they throw them away in their
dumpster. We have one funeral home that actually places them next to their
dumpster (if we call to arrange it) so we can just drive by and pick them
up. Anyway, this year, we used a vise to straighten out the main stand
support. When straighten, its about 8' long. They work great for
supporting floating row covers. We hope to find other uses for them as well
(maybe small garden banner supports).
Soon, I hope to have pictures of our "mini-planters" for the garden this
year. The city had about 60' of 12" plastic corrugated perforated pipes
left over from their garden drainage project. We are cutting them up into
small sections to make "mini-planters". Details at 11.
Anyway, these are some of the "free" items that can be used in the garden.
I guess in my case, growing up poor in the south sometimes has its
Maybe next year, someone needs to conduct a session on "Cutting Costs in The
Garden" at the ACGA Conference. This session would probably have good
Kindest regards, Jim Call, CASA Community Garden Volunteer Dir. >>
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