Per Wikipedia: Forest bathing is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. The practice originated in Japan where it is called shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese (it is also called sēnlínyù (森林浴) in Mandarin and sanlimyok (산림욕) in Korean).
The article goes on to state that – studies in Japan have measured changes in immune markers and stress hormones in people who regularly walked in specific forests in Japan.
These photos were taken on August 9th at Beechwood Park, a serene, beautiful, wooded sanctuary. The park entrance is located on Beechwood Place, off Lynn St in Harrington Park (enter at the end of the paved small road next to 50 Beechwood Place).
I am not able to upload movies to this site — please visit the HP Greenteam Facebook page to experience the sight and sounds of middday mid-August in Beechwood Park.
The Harrington Park School courtyard gardens are thriving! This courtyard garden is enjoyed by students and teachers and staff throughout the school year and it is a wonderful resource and educational opportunity for our K-8 students. There is even an outdoor classroom! Just before the July 6 School Board meeting I had to chance to take a peek at the courtyard with Councilwoman Joon Chung and EC chair Peter Ardito and here are a few photos. Spanish teacher Sally Denbeaux and a small group of Garden Club students tend to the garden over the summer– and were picking raspberries and lettuce the week that we visited — for school staff and visitors and summer program students to enjoy.
The pear and apple trees are now full grown and are producing delicious fruit (I was told that the plastic bags are an experiment in pest control). The apple trees have been harvested since 2011!
The perennial pollinator flower plot – planted by Girl Scout Troop 675 in 2013 – continues to bloom and attract bees, butterflies, and other insects.
For views and information about the garden in past years – click these links (or search school garden, garden club, scouts, etc for other posts).
Mary Ann Schran – HP Greenteam chair
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https://hpgreenteam.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/hp-school-garden-club-update-thank-you-kourtney-mendello/ Ms. Mendello built the current raised garden beds
https://hpgreenteam.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/hp-school-update-on-the-gardens-new-rain-barrels/ The rain barrels are still in use — see the back of the garden photo
Harrington Park herpetologists — please help me on the identity of this little snake (look at the size of the leaf), photographed on Sunday just off the edge of a road in HP after the morning rains. I am quite sure that he/she is a garter snake.
Here are a few links to learn more about the snakes of New Jersey:
And here is a link to read more about garter snakes: http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Thamnophis_sirtalis/
The annual Harrington Park Father’s Day Fishing Derby took place at Pondside Park on 6/18 from noon to 2pm. After a rainy start, the weather cleared up and quite a few people turned out to fish or to play in the park or walk around the pond (as photographer Emily Pearson did!). The fishing derby is sponsored by the HP Rec Commission.
Kudus to Boy Scout Troop 616 for their support of this community event, selling snacks and drinks, and cleaning up after the derby.
**I am out of town and do not yet know the details of what was caught and released. I hope to get and post this information soon. MAS
Stop by the rummage sale at Borough Hall today to learn about the Earth Machine™ composter. Theresa is shown here discussing the various feature of this home composter, which the Harrington Park Green Team is selling at cost on consignment from the BCUA for $54 each.
FROM THE BCUA SITE: What is an Earth Machine™ composter?” …with ease of use and dependability in mind, the Earth Machine™ was designed to keep moisture in and unwanted critters out. The Earth Machine’s attractive round design creates optimum composting conditions; no corners for materials to dry out. The locking lid is rodent resistant and prevents the lid from blowing away in strong winds. It has a convenient door for harvesting compost. Plus the entire unit can be easily lifted off the compost pile for complete mixing and turning of the pile. Features of the Earth Machine™ include: 1) Large Capacity (80 gallon or 10 cubic feet), 2) Made from recycled plastic, 3) Easy snap together assembly, 4) Fits in any car, 5) Durable and lightweight design, 6) Each compost bin comes with a free composting information book.”
For more information about composting, have a look at www.howtocompost.org or http://www.composting101.com or search this site. If you can’t make it to the rummage sale, but want to buy an Earth Machine™ composter OR if you have questions about composting or local green issues please email the Green Team at email@example.com. Composting and recycling information will be posted on the Community bulletin board in front of Borough Hall and are available in the library. And check out the Earth Machine™ composter the next time you are at Borough Hall or at the library! Nice to have this option to put food and vegetative waste to good use.
This is a wild geranium
These beautiful wildflowers were observed and photographed in the last few days while I was walking on sidewalks by woods on Central Ave in Old Tappan, Loh’s Place, and Blanche/Pondside Park.
This is Garlic Mustard (alliara)
The same wildflowers can be seen by the edge of the woods bordering Lafayette Ave, Hackensack (woods to the tennis courts), Beechwood Park… anywhere there is some sun (and no herbicides have been applied).
Search “wildflower” for more information &other photos of local spring blooms over the years.
Enjoy photos of other New Jersey spring wildflowers on the Native Plant Society of New Jersey website (they have a Bergen chapter—with local activities): http://www.npsnj.org/photo_galleries/photo_gallery_spring.html.
Another interesting and informative site is: http://uswildflowers.com/stateref.php?State=NJ