Its been a hot, dry summer here in New York City and the rooftop garden – which is designed to store storm water runoff is thirsty! Luckily, we were able to help our vegetables retain water by mulching the garden beds with a mixture of cocoa shells and cedar bark. 2 inches of this mixture of organic matter on top of the soil helps the water seep into the soil before it turns into steam at the surface of the soil on these blazing hot and sunny days! We couldn’t have done all of the mulching up here without our new addition to the farm – NY Cares volunteers! Every Tuesday, NY Cares will be managing a volunteer day at the farm. Join us any Tuesday between now and October by signing up on NY Cares!