Get Out and Green Up Your Bit of Brooklyn With These Gardening Tips

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    Has the warm weather inspired you to spruce up your bit of Brooklyn?

    Whether you are looking to plant your own veggies, take care of the street tree in front of your building or give a backyard the illusion of green, we’ve got some tips to help you get started.

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    Brooklyn Gardeners Share Secrets of Growing Vegetables and Fruits in Raised Beds and Planters

    If you’ve always dreamed of growing blueberries or cucumbers in your backyard or rooftop garden, you haven’t missed your chance for the season. You can still plant an edible garden that will yield a bountiful harvest by mid-August.

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    7 Tips for Beautiful Window Boxes All Year Round

    Nothing says springtime like window boxes bursting with luscious flowers and plants. Though compact, window boxes require considerable maintenance and can be tricky to install on brick or brownstone. So, before you attempt your own window boxes, or hire an expert to install them, consider these tips from local gardeners.


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    Fake Grass Growing Like a Weed in Brooklyn Backyards

    Kate Foster Lengyel moved to Park Slope from Manhattan three years ago with dreams of a verdant backyard for her two young children. But she was skeptical when her landscaper suggested artificial grass instead of real grass.

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    The Dirt: The Love and Care of Street Trees

    We have almost a million new trees in the city, and maybe one of them is on your block. They can all use a little bit of love.

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    The Dirt: The Great Lawn

    Having a lawn in the city requires an amount of commitment equal to parking your car in the street: a weekly mental calendar of choreographed moves, timed precisely; the fortitude to deal with the inevitable dents and fines; and the willingness to pay for and fix every mistake and bit of forgetfulness.

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