It was a pleasure to participate in an all-day event at the Welcome Home Community Garden on Halsey Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn recently. This is just the second year for this garden founded largely by the dedication of Violaine Haeringer who owns a home on the block.
One person cannot make a community garden alone. It takes a group effort to be successful. That said, it was a pleasure to see the energy and enthusiasm of the neighbors that day. There was a blend of young and old along with a mix of new and long-time residents. I enjoyed their hospitality, energy, and look forward to visiting again this summer. It will be a pleasure to help in any way I can.
Recycled food containers form the water & oxygen reservoirs. Recycled water bottles (not shown) form the fill tube entering one of the reservoirs (black cap). The soil between the reservoirs forms the wick system. See how to.
One of the day’s events was a workshop on installing sub-irrigation “plumbing” in six large planters that are now installed on the public sidewalk space along the block. These planters along with the cleaning and mulching of tree pits are a significant step in the greenscaping of the block. A resident will maintain the planter where each of them is located. Thanks to sub-irrigation, this will be an easy job.
Making planters like these obviously takes some time and practice but appears to be within the skill set of the average do-it-yourselfer. I like the freeform, artistic characteristics of these planters. Even better, they can be made watertight and ready for sub-irrigation plumbing with no need to install a liner.
I’m looking forward to learning how to make these planters. They could become a popular urban greenscaping amenity. All it takes is public awareness and education. Let the workshops begin!