gardens

Upgrading Our Vegetable Garden

By Janette Mieles

Batches of Seeds

Batches of Seeds

My husband and I love to grow some everyday vegetables. Of course, we all know how unpredictable Mother Nature can be, last year we had a lot of rain and our garden didn’t do too well. Our previous in-ground garden didn’t have enough drainage making it difficult for me to grow my basic crops such as tomatoes, peppers and lettuce. So my husband decided to build a raised garden bed. We purchased six, 8-foot long, 2×6 cedar boards to build a 4×8 raised garden bed. We filled it with approximately 20 cubic feet of garden soil and three cubic feet of peat moss to help with drainage.

So far our garden looks great. The board across the top is movable and I use it for better access to the garden so that I don’t harm the vegetables. I also have a mini-nursery that allows me to cut and replant some of the

Raised Garden Beds

Raised Garden Beds

vegetables throughout the summer. Do you have a vegetable garden? Let us know about your gardening challenges and successes in the comment section.

About the author: Janette started her career with EPA in 1988 working in Human Resources and is now in the Region 2 Division of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance. Outside of work Janette is the mother of three children who keep her busy with their afterschool sports and in her down time she enjoys planting and volunteers at St Paul at the Food Cupboards.  

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The High Line, an Elevated Escape

Visitors don’t let rain deter them as they stroll through the High Line in Chelsea.

By Pooja Shah

Welcome to Manhattan, a famous city where steel gray buildings, skyscrapers, and millions upon millions of people dominate the landscape. To evade this monotonous lifestyle (and, don’t get me wrong, I love New York City, but everyone does need some sort of break) people seek out what they lack: an escape.

One such escape, that’s pretty incredible, is the High Line –  which starts in the Meat-Packing District. Having recently visited the place, I can tell you with certainty that it’s worth a trip. The High Line used to be elevated railroad tracks before it was converted into essentially a mile-long park. The tracks connected directly to factories so that freight cars ran right inside the warehouses.

Now vegetation covers the tracks and there is a pebble walkway through the shrubbery. Stairways are located at various streets to provide access to the High Line. En route, one will find the Hudson River on one side, various built-in benches, vendors, and even a grassy area to sit in. More

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