April showers bring May flowers, garden vegetables, community clean up, the Community Garden and the Farmers Market. Stay tuned for things to come from the Green Team as our city starts to turn green for the spring!
BEVERLY COMMUNITY GARDEN
The Beverly Community Garden is open and looking for gardeners. If you are interested in having a plot at the garden you may click here:COMMUNITY-GARDEN-AGREEMENT and RULES
The Beverly Community Garden was started in the spring of 2013 with one organic plot of 5 raised beds on Penn Street at the old baseball field. The surrounding neighborhood was invited to participate in this community building initiative. Neighbors did come out to the garden to help with the crops and once again this year the gardeners want to welcome anyone in the city who wants to garden.
There are rules, no chemicals and no frowns. So if you like to garden and want a perfect space, head on down and check it out! For more information you may contact Larry or Becky Carlbon at 609-747-8048. The Beverly Community Garden is a Member of the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA).
**Note: The Farmers Market location for this year will be Beverly United Methodist Church, 133 Warren Street. The hours are 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, from Memorial Day week May 25 to Oct. 12.
Vendors interested may download and fill out an application click here:Farmers Market
SUMMER IS WINDING DOWN BUT THE GREEN TEAM IS GEARING UP
As the summer winds down, Clean Communities is planning their fall clean up, the Farmers Market has closed and the Community Garden is getting ready for the final harvest of summer vegetables, the nights are getting cooler and fall is in the air. You will see The City of Beverly Green Team and what they have in store posted on this page soon! Now enjoy the pictures from the summer of 2016.
Nonprofit groups can earn up to $250 for their group by participating. Click here for the grant application: clean-community-registration_packet-2016
Make your yard and garden ‘Jersey-friendly’
Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 6:00 am
Spring is here, and garden centers are filled with a mind-boggling array of flowers, shrubs and trees. You are already envisioning how great your yard and garden will look.
But before you choose your plants, do your homework to make sure they are Jersey-friendly.
You may not realize this, but many garden center plants have been introduced from other continents and can be extremely harmful to our state’s native plants.
These “alien invasives” not only thrive here, but also can spread aggressively. Eventually, they crowd out native plants needed by wildlife and pollinators, resulting in a poorer environment with less animal and plant diversity.
So what to plant in your yard and garden — and what to avoid?
According to the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team, many of the worst offenders have been landscaping staples for years: Chinese and Japanese wisteria, Japanese clematis, English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle, porcelainberry, Norway maple, Callery/Bradford pear, winged burning bush, wintercreeper, Japanese barberry, butterfly bush, Linden viburnum, Japanese meadowsweet and Chinese silvergrass. It’s best to avoid all of them.
What to plant instead for a beautiful yard and a healthy environment? A new program called Jersey-Friendly Yards makes it easy to decide. Its website, www.jerseyyards.org, is presented by the Barnegat Bay Partnership and has many helpful features, including an extensive plant database and an online tool, to help you design a landscape plan.
The plant database lists hundreds of trees, shrubs and flowers that are native to New Jersey, as well as plants that are not native but aren’t harmful because they don’t aggressively spread.
Here are some examples of beneficial plants: flowering dogwood, white fringetree, persimmon, American holly, spicebush, serviceberry, Eastern columbine, butterfly weed, purple coneflower, beebalm, cardinal flower, black-eyed Susan, Virginia bluebells and wild geranium.
The website’s “Interactive Yard” tool provides step-by-step instructions for making your property the healthiest possible environment. For instance, it provides advice on removing impervious surfaces, getting rid of invasive plants, adding beds around the house, harvesting rainwater, attracting pollinators, and starting a vegetable garden.
The Jersey-Friendly Yards program was developed by the Barnegat Bay Partnership with a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The partnership, composed of more than 30 organizations and agencies, has been working for years to improve water quality in Barnegat Bay. The bay, like many rivers in New Jersey, is threatened by runoff water filled with fertilizers, sediment and trash.
A critical part of the organization’s efforts involves reducing “people pollution” carried from yards into waterways through stormwater runoff. Jersey-Friendly Yards is the latest of many initiatives designed to educate the public.
“In my mind, the future of conservation is going to be in our yards,” said Karen Walzer, of the Barnegat Bay Partnership. “If we start with our own yards, it will go a long way for conservation in New Jersey.”
This spring, make sure your yard and garden are Jersey-friendly. Visit the website and take advantage of all the great advice assembled there.
For more information about preserving the state’s land and natural resources, visit the New Jersey Conservation Foundation website, www.njconservation.org.
Michele S. Byers is executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check Out the Yardfarmers a New Trend in Gardening
Nonprofit groups can earn up to $250 for their organizations by helping on Clean Community Day. Applications and information are available at City Hall or click here:Clean-Community-Registration_Packet 2016