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Peaches 2016

The headlines were breathless but accurate: “Valentine’s Day Massacre of Peach Blooms,” screamed the headline in Growing Produce; “Cold snap decimates peach crop in Massachusetts and beyond,” said another.   Even the staid Gray Lady declared, “East Peach Crop Almost a … Continue reading

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Pollinators for Urban Gardens: The Case for Hole-Nesting Native Bees

Note from the Battery Rooftop Gardener: Crown Bees, which bills itself as the “The Gentle Bee Company,” is a solitary bee (mason and leafcutters) company based in Woodinville, WA that advocates using managed native bees for pollinating fruits and vegetables (see http://www.crownbees.comContinue reading

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Getting to Green

If you have read this blog for some time, you will know that my adventure in urban rooftop agriculture is just one manifestation of a broader interest in environmental issues.   Having spent more than two decades working for various Green … Continue reading

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Manhattan Rooftop Terroir

Today I enjoyed the first rooftop asparagus of the season, which of course raised the knotty question of Manhattan rooftop terroir. Let’s start with the question of what terroir is: the unique, organoleptic qualities associated with food and drink from … Continue reading

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The Rooftop Growing Guide

Since the 18th century the country’s heartland has sprouted a hardy crop of farmer philosophers. The 21st century Brooklyn-based example of this great American type is Annie Novak. Her new book, The Rooftop Growing Guide (Ten Speed Press, available February … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Urban Fruit is Better

A few years ago, I told an environmentalist friend of mine, who is also a medical doctor, about my green roof and plan to grow food.   She looked at me strangely, obviously torn between disapproval and an instinct to be … Continue reading

Posted in Apples, Asian Pears, Cooking and Eating, European Pears, Fruit, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Soil, Urban Agriculture and Food Policy | Leave a comment

Hot, Hot, Hot — Part II

The interview with Suzanne Roberts on Headline News (see previous post) was part of her show, “Seeking Solutions with Suzanne,” which aims to give practical advice to retired Americans. Her visit was followed a couple of days later by the … Continue reading

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