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Brownstoner July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

We've Updated Our Spam Protection

Our tech team has made some pretty big updates to combat spam in the Forum.

*One is a plugin that should filter out most of the attempts by spammers to register in the first place.

*Two, Forum users now have the ability to mark spam when they see it. If enough users mark a post as spam, it will automatically disappear.

Very sorry for all the spam lately. We hope this puts a lid on it.

Garden April 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Electric lawnmower for sale

Brand new, still in box. (I ordered it last year and then got given one by a neighbor.) Cost $149. Asking $100.
A friend has the same model and it works great.
Please email sosorted at gmail dot com

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Garden April 16, 2014 at 2:37 pm

What's the best plants for an indoor garden?

I have been thinking about starting a garden inside for a bit now. I was wondering though, what would be the best plants, as in vegetables or herbs, that a first timer like myself would start with? Any tips would be helpful.

Garden April 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Where to buy interlocking pavers

Does anyone know where I can buy these interlocking pavers?
They are not available at Lowes or Home Depot.

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Garden April 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Backyard Garden Clean-up and Maintenance

I need my small backyard garden cleaned up. I have overgrown shrubbery and small
trees that need maintenance. Any recommendations as to landscapers that will
do this kind of job?

Garden April 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

Gardeners, please help me identify this supply!

My father recently brought me a huge stash of gardening supplies from my late mother. Among them is a large unmarked open bag of white powder. It doesn’t have that very distinctive odor of bone meal and seems to be smooth and not clumpy (If it were obviously not in my mom’s gardening stash, I would have thought it was plaster). Any ideas what it could be?

Garden March 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Back yard lawn

We recently moved to an apartment with a fairly large back yard. There is a spot about 20 x 25 that at one time might have been covered with grass, but seems to be all dirt now. I don’t want to spend $500 to sod it. Is there a cheaper alternative to get something to grow there? Does seeding work in Brooklyn? If I water it, will weeds at least start to grow? (I have no gardening experience – apologies if these are ridiculous questions.)

Garden January 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

ISO composter – tumbling or metal

Hey, Brownstoners. Does anyone have a tumbling or metal composter sitting idly in the back of your garden? I’m in the market for something off the ground or metal after rodents chewed a few holes in my DIY trash can compost barrel. I wanted to find out if anyone is interested in parting with theirs before paying full retail price for a new one. funkez at hotmail.

Garden October 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm

What's in this dirt?

We’ve been digging up our backyard to get rid of Japanese knotweed and have been finding pockets of this grey, gritty stuff. Does anyone know what it is (see images; in one you can clearly see the grey line where this layer of stuff is)? We thought that perhaps its by-product from when homes were heated by coal and rather than properly dispose of the by-product it was dumped in the backyard. Or perhaps it’s leftover gunk from when a narrow concrete walkway was put in the yard. We’ve been trying to throw out this crap, but easier said than done. Thanks.

Garden September 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

Dying Asters– Help!

Was hoping some gardening expert here could help me out. I planted these enormous asters in terracotta planters a couple weeks ago, and although I kept them watered (once a week or so) and the leaves seem healthy, the flowers are all brown, and the proportion of dead:live flowers doesn’t seem right. What am I doing wrong? Any advice? Thanks!

Garden September 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

Terrace Garden Grub Emergency!

Hello Brownstoners!

I am in need of help to eliminate grubs from a potted tree (6′ tree). Its destroying the tree and before its gone I would love if someone with a green thumb can come help save her. While at it, inspect to be sure the other potted trees we have on this terrace are safe and sound… My lack of knowledge is not helping, need someone that knows what they are doing and can come to help me sort this out. Asap…! Located in Fort Greene and would love to take care of this before Sunday when I need to travel…

Thank you!

Garden September 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Blue Stone for sale

I have large pieces of blue stone for sale. $200. If interested send a reply.

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Garden September 10, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Contractor recommendation for back yard renovation

Hi, I recently worked with Eco Brooklyn on my back yard renovation, and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a contractor for a similar project. Here is the review that I wrote for Gennaro, Eco Brooklyn’s founder:

I feel fortunate to have worked with Eco Brooklyn on our back garden renovation. My neighbor and I hired Gennaro simultaneously to renovate our shared backyards, so that our respective gardens would function as a single, unified space, but also work just as two separate spaces. For our side of the yard, the project included extending an existing bluestone patio, creating an invisible drain in the bluestone, and building a curvilinear brick planter along two contiguous walls, with bluestone capping that doubles as a bench. The finished garden surpasses my expectations, and Gennaro and his crew were truly a pleasure to work with.

Gennaro’s expertise on construction issues such as proper drainage, materials selection, etc. were immediately apparent when he assessed our garden. What also became quickly apparent is his excellent sense of design. Being a designer myself, I had anticipated doing most of the design of the garden, but i ended up seeking and using many of Gennaro’s design ideas and opinions. He truly cares about aesthetic quality and worked closely with me throughout the project to ensure that I was happy with its progress.

Another skill that sets Gennaro apart is his knowledge and experience with safe lead removal. During the planning phase of the renovation we discovered that our soil was contaminated with lead. Since we have two young children, dealing with the lead safely and effectively became the number one priority . Gennaro thoroughly outlined and implemented safe lead removal practices throughout the project. Our children were at home much of the time that his crew was working, and we had peace of mind of knowing that they were not in danger of lead exposure.

Eco Brooklyn is unique in its commitment to using reclaimed materials. In addition to its environmental benefits, the antique bluestone and bricks that were used are beautiful, with a patina of age that new materials could not replicate.

Gennaro is a thoughtful, soft-spoken person who consistently met our schedule and deadlines. His crew is friendly and courteous. They were such a pleasure to have around that both my husband and I were a bit sad when the work was finished! Gennaro was also kind enough to take us to the nursery to help us pick out local plants for the garden. He even built a tree fort for our children, using scraps left over from the project.

Thanks to Gennaro, what was formerly a marginally used outdoor space has been transformed into a lovely Brooklyn garden, that has, in turn, transformed my family’s experience of living in Brooklyn.

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Garden August 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Looking for old large pieces of blue stones

We want to buy about 10 medium sized blue stones for our garden. 70 sf surface to cover. Anybody needs to discard some? Please let us know

Garden August 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

Free dirt! (garden topsoil)

Anyone need soil for their garden? We filled a new bed with nice bagged topsoil and compost about 2 years ago but now are covering the area with bluestone. Seems a shame to throw it away if someone can re-use it.

Soil is in bags, small amounts in each so not too heavy. Some small stones and sticks mixed in, as we mixed the new topsoil we bought with the existing soil that was there. Good quality dirt!

Enough to fill 3 foot by 8 feet area, 6 inches deep. Take it all, take a few.

Please call Tracy if you are interested. 718 832 5786

Garden August 16, 2013 at 6:39 pm

River Rock / Peebles

Does anyone know a supplier in Brooklyn / NYC that can deliver about 350-400 sqft of white river peebles / rocks to put around the edges of my garden? I’m not really trying to take home 80 40lbs bags from the Home Depot.

Suggestions appreciated.
— j

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