While I’ve been busy sourcing the most locally-grown, organic, heirloom Christmas tree, Panthy’s Garden has patiently been awaiting long-overdue attention. Winterizing Panthy’s Garden sort of hinges on having my roof put back together. Right now it looks like this:
Good news is, we settled on a tree brought down from Canada by weather resistant hippies who don’t mind living out of a trailer in the parking lot of my supermarket. Nice folks too!
It’s local in the sense that I bought it on my block and I didn’t use ANY fossil fuels dragging it back to my crib. Pretty good. Its heirloom status really depends on whether or not someone “inherits” it off the curb the week after Christmas, perhaps to celebrate a late, cheap Christmas? It’s up to you Brooklyn! Do the right thing!
In the tradition of being an environmental good doobie, I re-used almost all of my Christmas ornaments including such 70s Christmas classics as Yellow Beardy Lion and Disco Squirrel.
While I’m making half-assed excuses for not being more environmentally sound during my holiday, my damn neighbors are getting it done. Take for example this here solar-powered Christmas bush!
Or my favorite green garbage can receptacle with seasonally appropriate cabbage! They even thought to put a little yellow “Namaste” sign in there.
And lastly, there’s a brownstone a few doors down that is being gutted and turned into a passive house, which basically means it will be hyper insulated and energy efficient.
The builder was also a bit passive in granting me an interview and/or any more information about it. But according to the renderings there will be CHICKENS and a vertical garden on the roof terrace! I’ll be keeping a close eye on that.
While my projects in the garden are on hold, I can tell you that Panthy’s Garden 2012 will be local. It will be solar (duh). And at times, depending on how negligent I get, it will may also be passive. Good for me. Happy holidays!