From the Daily News:
...Queens - arguably the leafiest of the five boroughs - has been conspicuously lacking a gardening blog, until recently.
"I think people in Queens are interested in gardening, but don't know where to look," said Jen Rock, 24, co-author of Kate and Jen's Urban Garden - a blog dedicated to the art of urban gardening in the borough.
Since March, Rock and her friend Kate Taylor have been detailing the progress of their gardens in Astoria from compost to harvest at gardeningqueens.com. The two became friends while studying at NYU.
A few of [Rock's] more unusual crops are catnip, poha berries and shiso. She also grows an assortment of other fruits and vegetables on the rooftop of her apartment building on Steinway St.
Taylor's garden is in her backyard on 35th St.
Both have been gardening in the city for about two years and found themselves exchanging tips, and at times competing.
"Gardening isn't just a fad," Taylor said. "It is a return to the things that our mothers and fathers taught us - the things that the old folks in Astoria have been doing for ages."
Rock and Taylor have blogged about their interactions with both older Astorians on their own blocks and with young kids.
"[It's] like a ripple effect," said Taylor, whose garden has become a conversation piece with the most unlikely of people. "What other basis would I have to strike up a conversation with my 80-year-old neighbor?" she asked.
Now, she trades her basil for her neighbor's figs.
Her octogenarian neighbor may not share Taylor's Internet savvy, but their common love of gardening has created a bridge between generations that rarely mingle in the city.
"Older New Yorkers keep to themselves and the younger transplants just look right past them," she said. "But gardening is something we can all share."