The winter rye has been coming up nicely with the exception of the swath of destruction wreaked by the rogue Brooklyn street pigeons. Every time we put down some fresh seed a gang of pigeons lurk on the sidewalk and on the rooftops waiting to swoop down. Today Jeff and I reseeded once again and decided to try a couple methods to discourage them. Christmas tinsel and bird netting. Will it work?
It's been a while since I posted something. The project is winding down and I started a new artists residency on Governors Island. But the gardens have continued producing squash (in Canarsie) and beans. An ear of Lenape Blue was auctioned off at "The Art of Farming" event on Sept. 23rd at Sotheby's (along with a Brooklyn Maize Field Map). $75 was the final bid for our beautiful Lenape blue. The lenape blues and gigi hills are still hanging to dry in my studio. We got a decent bean harvest from the Canarsie garden in the end, and two big squash. Even the Boerum Hill garden produced a few beans. A hail storm decimated what was left of the squash in the Boerum Hill patch. On wednesday Jeff and I winterized both gardens -- taking out the plants and seeding the gardens with winter rye.