Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Brooklyn Backyards and Nazi's, Cats, and Squirrels

"Maggie Fishman" Pin Oak3 gallon ceramic container with yellow glaze homemade compost
"Yiftach Resheff" Pin Oak plastic 3 gallon container, yellow acrylic, homemade compost

"Fariba Hajamadi" Pin Oak plastic 4 gallon container, homemade compost
After thought- I have been giving my trees to friends with backyards as an experiment in letting go, and in hope that if I spread them out chances are some will survive the Brooklyn summer heat. My father told me a story when I was a child how during the Holocaust my grandfather hide him and his brother with different families and institutions in occupied Holland keeping them separate, and moving them often so the Germans would not find them.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Home Depot Juniper

Before: Blue Juniper from Home Depot- following directions: put out in full sunlight, in less than a day most of the needles were badly burned. Did some intensive pruning after looking at
the work of many Japanese Bonsai Masters.
"lounging alien" Juniper in Weber Grill, homemade compost, Brooklyn stones, clay alien reclining figure,
and fan (this one will be an insider) expecting irrigation system to arrive tomorrow and will
bring a lot of trees back to studio.
"Bulb bathers" Pin oak in Weber Grill Lid, homemade compost, dissolving clay alien, coral, cherry pipe leg, lightbulb

Monday, June 21, 2010

First trees planted

"Pooky" my nick name for those who remember me.
Top: 2 corkscrew willows they where planted by my parents and I, with the dwarf spruce (not so dwarf) 42 years ago. They were the same height as the three of us respectively.
"John" the first red oak taken as acorn from maine- named after John Gasner( beginning 2nd year.)
"Suzy " - after Attwood one of my first Island friends not sure if it is from maine or Block Island also 2. Decided to give trees names after friends and celebrities. Also, when hanging out with Paul Slocum we thought the trees should be labeled kinetic art.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


The third largest tree (trans-planted) kinda of a cheat - a sugar maple last documented here
was having a struggle with white tail deer in Bloomfield Ct. I built a the protective structure out of wood and burlap that was reminisent of Christo's central park gates. My father in law took it down
fearing that the tree would not get enough light, and has been spraying it with a deer repellent.
He told me he had "Good News!" the tree was maybe 4 or 5 feet tall and had four off branches forming an impressive crown. As with most supporting structure: containers, stakes, tubes, they are props or frames, of lesser importance to the sculpture/art/tree.
We are planning to take a tree to the Adirondacks- looking for the right site. This would be a place with majestic views of mountains and lakes and would address the philosophical question if a tree falls in the woods and no one heard or saw it would it matter?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Green Dome

Amir Yarkoni plant expert and one of first founders of Green Dome in Williamsburg Brooklyn

White Oak 39, 5 gallon paint bucket, compost from North Brooklyn compost and homemade
tree 9"
Red Oak 10, 5 gallon paint bucket, compost from North Brooklyn compost and homemade
tree 9"
This is the first temporary placement of trees on New York Public park land if anyone has outdoor space and wants to baby sit a tree contact me through comments. Shipping within United States can be arranged.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Brooklyn trees face adversity

Here are two root structures from the enclosure on North 12th street. After talking to Jay Davis
who said the damage happened on June 9th. His theory was the squirrels got them. He also told me he replanted some with roots intact.
As the plants were moved from container to container and the stems with leaves removed from root systems what kind of tree and number is difficult to determine.

"Jay" RO3 red oak, generic plastic pot, crossover wire, homemade compost

Meanwhile in the backyard a stray mother cat has moved into the tree shelter I built and decided to nurse her three kittens on top of this Red oak which was planted in the piano box with another oak with shingle separating them. With a little help of red crossover wire it should make it. The other two above have been re-potted, nature is pretty resilient. Will name them if they live.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Indoor irrigation System

Automatic Drip Irrigation Kit for Greenhouses, Including Battery Operated Controller Model K025

The K025 Multi-Outlet Drip Irrigation Kit is The Drip Store's deluxe, custom designed drip irrigation kit specially designed for greenhouse and "pots on benches" installation. The Automatic Drip Irrigation Kit contains a digital battery-operated controller, 100' of high quality 1/2" drip hose with .600" ID x .700" OD and all the parts needed to install a drip irrigation system for 100 pots and baskets, on up to four benches.

The watering components include 20 1-gallon per hour (GPH) PC drippers with check valve, 20 .5-gallon per hour (GPH) PC drippers with check valve, 10 four-outlet adapters, 20 two-outlet adapters and 20 one outlet adapters inserted on top of the drippers. The adapters split the drippers' flow rates into .25 GPH per outlet and .5 GPH per outlet to water different sizes of pots and baskets. This complete drip kit can be expanded to up to 800 pots and baskets.

The drip irrigation kit contains everything you need to implement a drip system from the controller to the end of the line. Included in this drip irrigation kit are a 3/4" filter, 100 2' lengths of micro tubing to feed the pots, 100 stakes, and all the fittings and accessories needed to install the system. This drip irrigation system requires assembly of the drippers with the single outlet, two-outlet or 4-outlet adapters, the micro tubing and the stakes.

Recommendation: Dip the end of the micro tubing in hot water to make it easy to connect the micro tubing to the stake.

Important: To make sure that you have even uniformity from all the stakes, use the stake with the water labyrinth for the 2-outlet and 4-outlet adapters, and the stake with the barb for the single outlet adapter.


  • Maximum incoming operating pressure: 100 PSI
  • Operating pressure: 7 to 55 PSI
  • Dripper flow rates: .5 GPH color code brown, and 1 GPH color code black
  • Dripper check valve sealing pressure 2.9 PSI and opening pressure of 5.8 PSI
  • Recommended filtration: 150 mesh

Note. The pressure regulator (included) is used to lower the incoming pressure to the suggested operating pressure of 25 PSI, which is within the range of recommended pressures for a drip system or micro-sprinkler system.

Parts List

  • QtyPart DescriptionModel #
    13/4" MHT x MPT nippleA010
    13/4" FHT x 3/4" MHT battery operated timerC001
    13/4" FHT x 3/4" MHT backflow deviceA015
    13/4" FHT x MHT Y filter w/ 155 mesh polyester screen, color greenF300
    13/4" FHT x MHT 25 PSI preset pressure regulatorA013
    13/4" FHT x .700 O.D. swivel adapter w/washerLF503
    1100 ft of drip tubing with .600 ID x .700 ODT003
    11/2" coupling .700 O.D.LF001
    31/2" tees .700 O.D.LF005
    41/2" elbows .700 O.D.LF007
    201 GPH pressure compensating drippers, black BG-010
    20.5 GPH pressure compensating drippers, brown BG-050
    20Single outlet connectorsGB-10U
    20Double outlet connectorsGB-20U
    104-outlet connectorsGB-40U
    80Pot stakes with labyrinth flow passage for use with multi-outlet adapters.GD-000
    20Pot stakes for use with single outlet adapters.A127
    100Pieces pre-cut vinyl micro tubing with .118 ID x .187 ODGD-024
    1Goof plugs, strip of 10SF007
    4Figure "8" hose ends to close the end of the 1/2" drip tubingA006
  • * More goof plugs can be purchased as a part number SF007 (for a strip of 10)

Related Links

Information that can help in the installation of the system

Installation: Suggested Steps.

This drip irrigation kit has all the parts needed to start the system connecting to a faucet. The Drip Store also includes instructions on how to start the system from a PVC pipe or a pipe thread.

Option 1: Starting the irrigation system from a faucet

Use the 3/4" MHT x MPT nipple (model A010) to start from a pipe thread

  1. From the faucet use a battery-operated timer (model C001.) Connect the controller to the faucet.
  2. Connect the 3/4" FHT x MHT backflow device to the controller (model A015).
  3. Connect the 3/4" FHT x MHT filter (model F300) to the backflow device if used, or directly to the controller male outlet.
  4. Connect the 3/4" FHT x MHT pressure regulator (model A013) to the filter.

Option 2: Starting the irrigation system from a PVC pipe

Option 2: Requires model P357-not included

  1. Glue to a 3/4" PVC pipe a PVC female adapter (model P357) (not included).
  2. Use the 3/4" MHT x MPT nipple (model A010) to connect to the pipe thread making sure to use 3-5 rounds of Teflon tape.
  3. Connect the 3/4" FHT X MHT battery-operated controller (model C001) to the nipple.
  4. Connect the 3/4" FHT x MHT backflow device to the controller or to the faucet (model A015).
  5. Connect the 3/4" FHT x MHT filter (model F300) to the backflow device, if used, or directly to the controller male outlet or faucet.
  6. Connect the 3/4" 25 PSI FHT x MHT pressure regulator (model A013) to the filter.

Steps to connect all others components

  1. To the 3/4" FHT x MHT pressure regulator connect the 3/4" FHT swivel adapter (model LF503).
  2. To the 3/4" swivel adapter connect the 100' of 1/2" drip tubing with .600 ID x .700 OD (model T003) and run the drip tubing into the greenhouse and perpendicular to the benches.
  3. Near the center of each bench cut the drip tubing and connect a 1/2" tee (model LF005). Use one tee for each row and for the last row use a 1/2" elbow (model LF007). To the tee or elbow connect the 1/2" drip tubing and lay it along the center of each bench.
  4. Turn the water on and flush the line, and then close the end of the 1/2"drip tubing using hose end (model A006).
  5. Use 1/2" coupling .700 O.D. (model LF001) to connect additional 1/2" drip tubing, or for repair.
  6. Use plugs (if needed) (model SF007) to repair small holes in the 1/2" drip tubing.
  7. Turn the water on and flush the line, after you flush the line close the end of the 1/2"drip tubing using (model A006) hose end.
  8. Between every four baskets punch a hole in the 1/2" drip tubing using the punch (model A019) and insert a 1-GPH PC dripper (model BG-010 or BG-050).
  9. Onto the dripper's nipple outlet, press the 4-outlet adapter (model GB-40U).
  10. To each of the adapter outlets connect the 1/8" x 24" micro tubing (model GD-024.) To the end of the micro tubing add the stake (model GD-000) and secure it into the pot.
  11. For a single pot larger than 8" and up to 12", punch a hole in the 1/2" tubing using the punch and insert a .5 GPH PC dripper (model BG-050.) Onto the dripper press the single outlet adapter (model GB-10U) and connect the 1/8" x 24" micro tubing (model GD-024) to the adapter.
  12. To the end of the micro tubing add the stake (model A127) and secure it into the pot, 1-2" from the plant crown.



How much time to water: Turn the water on for 5 to 10 minutes, and check the system. If you need less or more water adjust the irrigation controller time duration. The goal is that all the potted plants regardless of size will drain at the same time. Program the irrigation controller for about 2 to 4 minutes less than the time it took you to test the system. Run the system every one or two days, depending on your location and the soil type. After a week or two check the pots, soil, the health of the plants, and adjust the irrigation time, as needed.

Supplier: The Drip Store
Part#: K025

Neo- earth works BIock Island

White Oak #42 (Nancy) next to blue spruce that was eaten by wood ants, brought some back to brooklyn

Sycamore #2 tree tube, bamboo, homemade compost, hemp rope, this turned out to be a some unidentified plant.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tree Tube graveyard

The first of 6 trees planted on Block Island. This Pin Oak marks the grave of Cynthia Bloom and J. Zvi Namenwirth. Zvi was the first jew buried in this graveyard, one can see others nearby. We will see how effective this system is for protecting young seedlings.

The not so great outdoors

Dead Oaks: clockwise from bot. white oak 33, Pin Oak 42,12, Red Oak 13, and unknown.
After a little digging it seems a kid pulled them out as someone tried to re-plant them without the roots. only 2 partial root structures found. Will not put anymore trees on city streets.
Trees in backyard in good shape. Cat standing guard.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tracking Giant Sequoia and Bristle Cone Pine

They both arrived at 11.00 a.m. June 3rd. in perfect shape. The Giant Sequoia measuring 12" and The Bristle Cone Pine at 7" the trunk diameters are a little more than 3/8" for the GS and less than 3/8" for BCP. The race is on as the former is the largest and the latter is one of the slowest growing trees.
Thanks to: Joe at Welker's Grove Nursery www.giant-sequoia.com
The trees came with elaborate instructions to care. To anyone undertaking a similar task, the GS
needs lots of water. 24 hrs w/out it is dead. The images of the trees advertised are the same as those received.

Over 3 hours in a truck out of the forest going west, hope the weather is cooler in CA

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