The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Planting an Herb Garden

We've got a lot planned for Saturday. We'll be mixing in topsoil, compost and mulch in the new beds. We will also be planting an herb garden designed by Ariel Greenwood and sponsored by The Fletchers.  And we're putting up signs of what we're growing. Stop by anytime between 9:30 - 4:00pm to see what we've got going on at the Wedge.










Sunday, April 13, 2014

Celebrate the Arrival of Topsoil

The topsoil arrived yesterday at around 4pm. The timing was anywhere between 1 - 5pm. (It's like waiting for the cable guy to show up) I asked for a delivery closer to 1pm than 5pm, but I guess they didn't care for my request. Our wonderful garden mates stuck it out in the heat. Some took naps, some sat at PR's for couple hours, some waited at home for my arrival call, and others planted potatoes, lettuce, basil, green peppers and hot peppers. Here is what 5 cubic yards of topsoil looks like. We filled up all the beds with topsoil & mulch. If you go to the garden this week, please mix in the mulch from under the fig tree in the new beds with topsoil. We will have lots of veggies to plant next Sunday the 20th. Come by in the AM and bring something to share (to eat). It's going to be hot!



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Planted a Butterfly Garden

With the help from the Haven House youth and neighbors, we planted a butterfly garden on Saturday.




Saturday, March 29, 2014

Service Raleigh 2014 was a total success and it DOES take a village. There were over 50 volunteers. 30 NCSU students, 3 from Haven House, and 26 neighborhood volunteers. Pizza & sweet tea was sponsored by Moonlight Pizza and sandwiches with fruit salad from Irregardless cafe. Here are some before and after photos. Thank you all for coming out to help transform the community garden. We'll have more work days coming up in April.



















Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Show Must Go On….for some of us…..

We are canceling some projects, but keeping others.

Service Raleigh will take place!  The wood will arrive. The beds will get built with the help of NC State Students. We will have a pizza party under Bill’s tent and sing Happy Birthday Sarah!
So NC State students, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

 Projects that will go on:

*Build beds – Vincenzo, Giovanni, Pablo, Craig & Dan B.
*Move the woodchips to the pathways – Anthony P. & Megan B.
*Name all the plots – Julie

Rescheduling for another day are the following projects:

*The Mural will get painted on another day  - Laurent C.
*We will reschedule the Butterfly Garden – St.Mary’s High School
*We will also reschedule beautifying the sidewalk and front area – Haven House.
*The back of the shed will have to get cleared on a dry day – Ana Maria.
*The veggies will get planted perhaps next weekend – Sean.
*Soil Test on a dry day– Andrew W.

 Here’s a photo from Service Raleigh 2012 to motivate you to come out tomorrow!






Monday, November 18, 2013

Autumn Leaves Are a True Gift to the Gardener

Autumn is in full swing and it's a weekend ritual in most neighborhoods: the raking and bagging of autumn leaves. And it is repeated, week after week until, at last, the last leaf has fallen. Leaves are one of the most valued compost materials because they are carbon-rich and small enough to be easily incorporated into the compost and garden beds. At The Wedge we can certainly use them for composting, mulching, make leaf mold or simply hoard them.

Carolina picked up three bags on West Morgan, but we need MORE!

If you have bags of leaves, please drop the off at the garden near the picnic table.

We can create leaf mold. Leaf mold is a wonderful soil amendment that is made from nothing more than fall leaves with the occasional layer of garden soil or finished compost added. The pile sits for about a year, and when it's finished you have the perfect amendment for vegetable and flower gardens, as well as a fantastic addition to potting soils.

Leaves are a great source of "brown," high-carbon material for our compost.

We can use them as organic mulch in flower beds, vegetable gardens, under trees and shrubs, or in containers.

AND WE CAN HOARD THEM!

Brown materials can be hard to come by in spring and summer.  It's much easier to dump a bag of leaves on the compost pile than to stand there shredding newspaper in an attempt to dry out a soggy compost pile!

Cameron Park, Pullen Park, West Morgan neighbors, if you have bags of leaves, please think about donating them to The Wedge Garden located just behind the YMCA at 214 Park Avenue. You can leave them near the picnic table.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Garden Supplies, Tools, Gloves, Plants or Your Help is Welcomed

If you live in Raleigh and have extra garden supplies, please drop them off at the garden. We are funded by a few members and can always use garden supplies and donations such as gloves, plants, pots, mulch, dirt, dried leaves, food scraps, untreated wood, signs, trellis, bird bath and even your time. Basically anything that you think could be reused in a garden or to maintain a garden. We have a picnic table. Feel free to leave items on the picnic table. We usually garden every Saturday. Come by and join us if you want to. No need to be an "official" member. All are welcome!  We are located at 214 Park Avenue, behind the YMCA.
Need Buckets

Donate a Watering Can to The Wedge

Planting Cool Season Veggies on Saturday

Saturday we'll be planting lots of cool season veggies like kale, spinach, lots of lettuce, broccoli, collard greens, etc.etc. We'll be at the garden around 9 - 9:30. Come by if you can.

Future Home of the Tulips and Daffodils

I was walking around in Logan's and noticed lots and lots of tulip bulbs. So I couldn't resist. The gardeners have agreed we need to make the front end of our garden a bit more inviting. Giovanni, like always, immediately got to work! He dug up the front side walk and Carolyn will design the tulips bed. Here is the before photo. We'll post an after photo in the spring.
Home of the Tulips and Daffodils



Great Season for Black Beauties

Ariel from SAS donated lots of black beauties early in the season. I babied a few on my windowsill wondering if they would even make it to adulthood. Well boy did they! Take a look at our black beauties and the babaganoush we made this weekend.


Planting Onions

This past summer we had a great harvest of multiplier white onions. Since onions are easy to grow, we planted two dozen white, yellow and red onions this weekend. Our goal is to have onions, garlic, shallots, leaks, green onions growing in the garden year round for a daily meal.
Julie helped a lot this weekend!


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Beautifying Our Garden

We're working on beautifying the garden. Come check it out. Don Pablo & Cesco made a trip out to Dirt Cheap Sand, Rock & Mulch and picked up a truck load of beautiful pearly white rocks. When I say picked up, I mean literally picked up by shoveling them in the truck. Then they shoveled them out of the truck. We forgot we have a wheel barrel at the garden. However they did say the manual labor did "a body good."




Thursday, August 1, 2013

Pearly Whites

Last October we planted pearl onions aka boiler onions.  These are related to leeks and the bulb onion. Pearl white onions are sweeter than a yellow onion and milder than even a shallot.  These onions have been used in dishes ranging from mid-20th-century American casserole dishes such as succotash to sweetly flavored onion relishes in Northern Indian cuisine. They say it takes up to two year to make the sufficiently sweet for sale. We planted ours last October and pulled them out now in July.  They seemed ready to me.

I make pasta with shallots at least once a week. However these onions are so good, I can’t decide if I want to use the onions or shallots.

If you have not received your small basket of onions, be sure to stop by the garden for one. 

Coming Saturday we will prepare a bed for just onions, shallots, & garlic.  At The Wedge we would love to have these growing year round. 


Pearl Onions

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

No Longer a Jungle

Have you visited the garden recently?  If not, you gotta come by and see it. The weeds are cut down and the coffee burlap bags are laid out. We need more bags though. Take a look.