The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

More onions, garlic and shallots!

Carlos helped us prepare a bed for some more onions, garlic and shallots. Last year we harvested 65 lbs of onions. This year we want to plant even more!


Thank You for the Pine Straw!


Ron is a neighbor of the Wedge Garden. A few weeks back he stopped by the garden and said he loves what we have done to the garden and wished he had time to help. We mentioned to him that not everyone needs to work in the garden to help.  He asked if there's anything he can get for the garden to show his support.

We mentioned pine straw would be great for the herbs and perennial flowers through the winter months. We were at the garden this morning and noticed a pile of pine straw. Thank you, Ron for supporting the Wedge Garden!

Thank you, Ron (neighbor) for the pint straw!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rainy Saturday Morning Workday

We had a fun but rainy morning working in the garden. Come out and work with us on Saturday mornings from 9:30-12 or Wednesdays at 5 to help plant our fall veggies.
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An eggplant grows curled around
Flowers blooming
Flowers are bright and vibrant, even on a rainy day.
                                   
Bright red tomato
One of the many peppers in the garden.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The flowers are in bloom in the Wedge Garden...

The flowers are in bloom in the Wedge Garden...

The peppers are bright red

Little critters roam freely in the garden

Many helpers are there on Saturdays from 9 to 12.

Big and small helpers are there to give back to the community.

Haven House Youth

Elizabeth & Mills are natural gardeners







Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Donated 200 lbs of Produce to Plant a Row for the Hungry

The Wedge Community Garden started out with donating 26 lbs of onions, garlic, and shallots in April.  Then in May, we set a goal to donate 200 lbs of produce to Plant a Row for the Hungry by December 31, 2014.  We were all super charged with the goal! With the help from Haven House youth, in just five months, we were able to donate 200 lbs of organic produce to Plant a Row for the Hungry.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

A Great Day at Packapalooza!

What a great day at Packapalooza!  We set up a table for the Wedge Garden and had lots of visitors like Dan & Kate, Bridget and family, the gardeners from the SOUL Garden, Service Raleigh participants and the NCSU Sustainability Stewards. Thank you all for visiting.

We will be at the garden every Wednesday after work and Saturday mornings. With all the new gardeners, there are lots of great ideas and projects lined up. Come by to help us create signs, layout pine straw to preserve the perennial herbs & flowers, plant veggies for the fall, build a few new beds, and create a better home for the strawberries.

If you can make it on Wednesday or Saturday, everyone is welcome any day of the week. Looking forward to another great season!





Thursday, August 7, 2014

Have a toothache? We have an herb for you.


We received eight “toothache” plants or Spilantes Acmella oleracea from Kay at Grow and Share, Inc. I gave away six and kept two. Out of the two I kept, one was inadvertently “killed” by a gardener. The other is now blossoming beautifully in the garden. This striking plant has golden, globe-shaped flowers with a red center. Spilanthes is an interesting plant to behold and to taste! It is one of the strongest saliva-promoters I know; even a tiny nibble from one of the flowers will set your mouth to drool. The tingly numbing sensation is used to soothe toothaches and acts as an oral anodyne. All the aboveground parts are medicinal, and can be chewed fresh or dried. It can also be put it into formulas with Echinacea as an immune stimulant for augmenting the body’s internal defenses against the colds and flu.

You can harvest the plant a few times during the growing season— I have cut it back once so far and am drying it in the pantry closet in a brown bag. You also wan to protect the plants from slugs, as they will devour it—slug candy, indeed! Spilanthes is one of the easiest to grow medicinal herbs, and kids absolutely love it!

My goal is to dry the plant and give away to neighbors to try out. I’ll be bringing it by in a few weeks.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Taste of the Wedge Garden

The garden party was a total success! Thank you all for coming to get a taste of our harvest. Some of the tastings were zucchini muffins by “Serafina,” zucchini crust pizza by “Giovanna,”  tzatziki by “Apollonia,”  tomato mozzarella by “Rocco,”  babaganoush & hummus by “Jimmy & Lucia Mancini,”  Armenian cucumber salad by “Francesca,” fresh figs from our fig tree by ”Giovanni.”  We also made cucumber infused drink and rose water.  The cucumbers were from our garden, but of course not the roses.


Blue Mango Restaurant from Glenwood South was very generous with garlic naan, masala mogo, which is yucca, with tamarind sauce, and potato patties.
We would like to thank the Alexander Family YMCA staff & visitors, Grow & Share, Hillsborough CAC, Raleigh Community Services, Will Allen & family, Amy Witnyski & Marian, Dan Bagley & Family, Sue & Lyle, Vince & Wrenn Whitehurst, Jessica, George from Community Development, Julie & Paul, Lawson, Elizabeth Lane, Bridget, Giovanni and my unsung hero, Francesco, for joining us and making this party such a success.


At the Wedge, we are starting to plant another round of tomatoes. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the Wedge Garden as a member, join us Saturday mornings to garden or email us at thewedegegarden@gmail.com Help us grow and donate 200 lbs of produce to Plant a Row for the Hungry by year end. We also share our harvest with our members, sponsors, & food pantries.
Membership is super easy & a lot of fun. With $60 annual dues you are welcome to garden any day of the week.  The garden is open 7 days a week. Many of us garden Saturday mornings and some garden during the week.  We hope you will join the Wedge Garden! 







Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wedge Garden to Give 200lbs of Produce to Plant a Row for the Hungry by End of Year

The Wedge Garden has set a goal to give 200 lbs of produce to Plant a Row for the Hungry by December 31, 2014. So far we have donated 60 lbs. We have a lot more work to do. Join us on Saturday mornings to garden and reach our goal to feed those in need.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Veggies for Plant a Row for the Hungry

Giovanni just dropped off 15 lbs of summer veggies to Plant a Row for the Hungry.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Pullen Baptist Memorial Church Visits The Wedge Garden

Pullen Baptist Memorial Church kids volunteered at The Wedge Garden. They got a tour of the garden and the 5 year old kids played a garden scavenger hunt game.  Other kids planted marigolds, basil and cucumbers. They will be back to harvest the food, prepare it and give it to a charity.





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Garden Party

The Wedge Garden is having a garden party on Sunday, July 27 at 4pm until dark for our volunteers, sponsors and supporters. Please join us to get a taste of tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, hot peppers, sweet peppers, okra, lots of herbs, turnips, and potatoes!

We are looking for volunteers to make a dish with some items from the garden. Please email thewedgegarden@gmail.com.

Don't forget your insect repellent, utensils/plates, a lawn chair, family/friends and your taste buds.



Sunday, June 22, 2014

Haven House Helped Build an Asparagus Bed

Haven House youth came back on Saturday to help us build an asparagus bed. Thank you Steven from Haven House for helping Giovanni.  We look forward to seeing all of you again.

We need more volunteers to help build more beds, a bulletin board, and a few benches for volunteers to sit and enjoy the view.

Goal for next Saturday: Prep asparagus bed to plant asparagus seeds.






 

Steven, Erica, Parish, & Bobby
  

Marian Drane Scholars Prepping Pumpkin Patch

Six Marian Drane Scholars from all over North Carolina spent a day at The Wedge Garden prepping the pumpkin patch. Next we need help prepping the asparagus bed. Please email thewedgegarden@gmail.com if you have a group who would be interested in prepping and planting asparagus.