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Friday
Apr272012

diy saturdays

What: DIY Saturdays
When: April 28 and May 5, 2:00-4:00pm
Where: CB2 stores

Join us for interactive ‘backyard’ demos—with local experts—to learn more about container gardening and creating innovative floral arrangements and displays.

It’s a chance to think outside the box and create frogs for arrangements by tying colorful strings and tapes over planters. Discuss which are the best plant selections based on location, lighting, etc. Or, on a ‘low difficulty level’, simply learn the name of different varietals and how to best mix them in vases and planters.

Thursday
Apr052012

how to: create a terrarium chandelier

8-12 colored electrical wires, cut 4-5’ in length
8-12 hanging glass terrarium
assorted plants and pebbles*
wire cutters and hanging hardware**

Directions:
1. Create a 4” loop on one end of each wire, group the wires into sets of 4, then start braiding in a traditional pattern—or gather all together and twist to look like rope. As you get towards the end, separate the wires slightly.

2. One at a time, thread each through the loop at the top of a hanging glass terrarium, secure by twisting it back up and around the length of the wire, and clip sharp ends clean with wire cutters. Continue with each strand until all are secured—if there are extra, twist those ends up and around the ‘cord’.

3. Carefully and safely hang the chandelier as recommended—twist the wires to point terrarium openings outward—and plant each terrarium as desired.

*plants: consult a local nursery for the best advice when selecting terrarium inclusions.
**hanging hardware: as always, we strongly recommend consulting a local hardware store for the best advice.

Monday
Jun202011

watch: heritage radio network

In March of 2009, Patrick Martins and Heritage Foods USA started broadcasting the Heritage Radio Network out of two re-purposed shipping containers.

Located in the back garden of Roberta’s Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the station regularly broadcasts over 20 shows focused on food and sustainability.

Featuring in-depth information and conversations from a variety of viewpoints, topics range from gardening to farming, from culinary techniques to financial advice, with a dash of architecture and music.

First, get your hands dirty when The Farm Report hosts talk to farmers across the country; and Greenhorn Radio is ‘by farmers for farmers’ with reports from farming communities painting a picture of the day-to-day life and struggles within the agricultural community.

Next, there’s We Dig Plants—all about gardening and landscape design—and At the Root of It which travels through the world of wine.

There are specials and mini-series for singular topics while A Taste of the Past, gets into the whys and the ways we eat—a look at how food is integral to our culture, our history—and their effects on present food trends.

Take a trip through the foodways of the United States—whether its about southern cooking or food policies—in Hot Grease and experience Brooklyn Eats by taking audio culinary tours throughout NY.

Flash Talks Cash helps explain the financials of opening or running small businesses—as well as managing personal finances—and Burning Down the House is the only weekly show that discusses architecture, design, and the built environment.

And last but not least, The Main Course talks up the food supply chain—from farmer to processor, from distributor to chef—all the way to a plate at home, in a restaurant, or a brown bag at the office. And The Food Seen is a well blended cocktail of food and art—which brings from behind the scenes to the forefront—photographers and artists that make your mouth water with crisp, colorful imagery.

Check their schedule for the next Snacky Tunes and don’t miss iTunes podcasts of all these shows—and Cutting the Curd as its host talks all things cheese.

Tuesday
Jun072011

how to: turn a black thumb green

Succulent gardens are practically foolproof and when varieties are mixed for color and texture, that’s a lot of bang for a summer buck.

Requiring very little care once planted, maintenance should fit easily into a busy summer schedule of events.

For advice from their volumes of first-class information, check out the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, CSSA. They’re the second oldest society of cactus and succulent enthusiasts in the world founded in 1929.

From angora bunny ears and tiger jaws to cat & kittens and hens & chicks to choose from, the most difficult task might be editing by name!