Urban Recycle Garden

NNC has installed an Urban Recycle Garden in its small parking area along Pine Street to create an exhibit for the Easton community. In this pocket garden, we use recycled and found materials to demonstrate low-cost growing techniques for small urban areas such as walls, balconies, and small paved spaces. The space on Pine Street is typical of back-alley urban parking spaces with its cracked pavement and windowless walls, but it continues to be creatively upcycled into something beautiful.

The demonstration plantings are intended to spur the imagination. People can replicate them, or envision ideas of their own for their unused outdoor nooks and niches. NNC is making the most of the small area by growing food horizontally and vertically, and many of the sustainable techniques are the same as you might find in a larger garden. This exhibit, along with its related programming, will help gardeners to:

– Grow herbs and flowers
– Grow vegetables in containers
– Plant vegetables in succession throughout the growing season
– Compost
– Create beautiful, functional areas from previously unused spaces
– Save seeds of flowers and vegetables

This project is meant to complement ongoing garden efforts in Easton, such as the great community garden work in the West Ward and Lafayette College.

Nurture Nature Center has held multiple gardening information workshops since the Urban Recycle Garden was installed. The diverse topics included container growing, composting, seed starting, garden insects, and raised bed gardening, as well as popular hands- on sessions on building raised beds, making hypertufa planters, and creating terrariums.

Did we miss your favorite topic? Share your input here on what workshops you would like to see next season at NNC’s Urban Recycle Garden.

Looking for additional gardening tips? See NNC’s Gardening Fact Sheets below for more information:

Attracting Pollinators Fact Sheet
Composting Fact Sheet
Kitchen Composting Fact Sheet
Terrarium Fact Sheet
Seed Saving Fact Sheet
Conserving Water Fact Sheet
Shade Gardening Fact Sheet
Growing Vertically Fact Sheet
Raised Bed Gardening Fact Sheet
Straw Bale Gardening Fact Sheet
Urban Garden Containers Fact Sheet

Check back for details. And if you have questions, please contact Pam Ruch at pruch@nurturenaturecenter.org

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Huge thanks go to all the people who supported this project through our Kickstarter campaign and other cash donations. We also want to thank all those who have donated or discounted items for our garden including: Laura Schmidt, Wildlands Conservancy, Salvage Goods, Rebecca Altmann, Gristies, Tim Coyle, Diane Husic, Schafer Welding, Nancy Dunker, Diamond Lawn and Landscapes, Smart Pots, Paolini’s, CobraHead LLC, and Organic Mechanic Soil. If you have items you would like to donate, please let us know!