The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

N ew Garden Signage

Come by the garden to check out our new cute signage! We hope this will attract some more gardeners. Any one interested in composting on site, please feel free to bring it to the bin in the back.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Oh, the squash saga continues

Hey folks,

We had a great day at the garden on Saturday! We kicked off the workday at 9 a.m., tidying up the garden, picking produce, weed whacking (thanks Vince!) and, of course, fighting squash bugs.

Squash bugs are not to be confused with Squash Vine Borer, our pest from earlier this summer. Squash bugs are not nearly as interesting to eliminate as vine borers (no plant surgery here) but they're A LOT harder to get rid of! This is because they reproduce very, very quickly, and you pretty much have to get right on top of the problem as soon as you spot it.

Here's a link to some excellent info on these two squash pests from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA):

After the workday, we met again in the afternoon (this time with grills and covered dishes) for the annual tradition of a CAC cookout. We had a modest but good turnout despite the heat, and everyone had plenty to eat! The Wedge made a great impression on all newcomers, and the pickles we made from our garden's cucumbers were a hit!

Sorry I forgot to take pictures...maybe next time!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Last weekend's workday

(Here's our happy, sweaty crew at the end of work last Saturday.)

It's been a little while since we've posted, probably because everyone's working a lot or on vacation. Last week we had a great workday, and a good group of folks came out to help! We put together our new picnic table, built a composting bin, tied up some tomatoes and harvested food. We all took home cucumbers, plus squash and hot peppers.

(Yup, that's our new picnic table!)

We also harvested all the radishes, and several of us tried a new food: radish greens! Fellow gardener Laura made pesto out of them for a neighborhood 4th of July cookout. We replaced the radishes with pumpkin seeds. Hopefully we'll have pumpkins by October!

This weekend's workday promises to be a great one--we'll hopefully have some ripe tomatoes to pick, and we'll have breakfast pastries provided by Morning Times Cafe in downtown Raleigh. Thanks Morning Times!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

First Squash Harvest!

Last weekend saw the first real fruits of our labor--a pile of squash! We definitely earned them, too...we spent most of the morning combating the dreaded squash vine borer. This winged pest is the scourge of squash, cucumber and watermelon lovers everywhere, because they're so hard to get rid of once the eggs have hatched and the caterpillars have tunneled their way into the plants. We took them on the old-fashioned way on Saturday, making an incision in the vine near the borer's hole, picking out the caterpillar and tossing them out for the birds to enjoy. Merciless? Yeah...a little.

We then patched up our plant patients with masking tape and buried the incision under a mound of rich, compost-enhanced soil. It's been three days, and so far the plants appear to be recovering very well--more squash is already ready for picking!

We've also got a ton of Roma tomatoes that are on the verge of starting to ripen and turn red, and the first Yellow Pear tomatoes are turning, well, yellow. We are also watching the eggplants grow bigger and bigger, and we expect to start picking those soon!

At this coming Saturday's workday, we'll be assembling our picnic table, building a compost bin, pruning tomatoes, picking squash and cucumbers, weeding and watering. Hope to see you there--we're about to be harvesting far more than the regular volunteers can eat!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Hi folks,

This week's big news is peppers--nearly all the plants have at least one pepper that's ready for harvesting. We've also got chard and even a few okra that are ready to be eaten!

The other big item on the horizon is SQUASH, TOMATOES and CUCUMBERS. It's very apparent to us that we're gonna have waaaay more than we can eat. That said, we invite you to come get involved, as there's plenty of goodness to go around!

The next workday is this coming Saturday, June 19th, from 9-noon. We'll work on:
  • Putting up our sign/bulletin board
  • Building a compost bin
  • Watering/weeding
  • Spreading hay/laying burlap weed barriers
We expect that there will be veggies ready to take home this weekend, so please come help out and take home some [truly] fresh produce!

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 5th Workday

A small crew of us came out for a workday on Saturday from 9-12. We made a sizeable dent in the weed population, laid down some more hay, watered, reworked the burlap weed barriers and built a new potato cage!

(Nearly ready to harvest!)

New at the garden this week: almost-grown swiss chard, strawberries (we think this will be the last round for the year), cucumber, squash and eggplant blossoms, bean flowers, green tomatoes and full-grown chile peppers! You can see for yourself--just click on the chard (or click here) to see our workday photo album!

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P.S. Many thanks to the Hillsborough St. Bruegger's Bagels for donating breakfast!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Weeding and Watering

We weeded, watered, thinned and then the heavens rained down upon us. Nothing like some thunderstorms to fix nitrogen in the soil, we needed some nutrients on the site for sure. Wormcasting will be delivered and I will work on adding some to each plant in the garden this week.

Planning a workday/meeting this Saturday from 9am-12pm to work out shed planning, site maintenance and a fun event on the grounds. Post your ideas to the blog for a fun event!

Anyone have a scarecrow, as the squirrels and birds are enjoying strawberries!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wednesday Planting and Watering

Hey guys the work you have done so far looks great!

I see lots of markers where seeds were planted and we just need to water them thoroughly so they germinate (turn from seed to plant). Sunday, Sunday's mom and I planted some zinnias, parsley, naturstium, and the rest of the sunflower seedlings. We had a relaxing time while Charles watered the garden around us.

On Wednesday, we noticed some of the plants are chlorotic (turning yellow, may need fertilizer, especially N). This is imperative to successful plant growth and I believe we need to address this asap in order to have a successful growing season! Ana and I will try to get a hold of some fertilizer very soon!

We need to continue watering deeply as I dropped by the garden today and noticed it was very dry. When it starts to get hotter we may need to be out there twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. We can talk about how we want to deal with this on Sunday.

Tomatoes are looking great!

Look forward to gardening with you on Sunday!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Big Day Tomorrow!

Hello World! (Sorry for the computer geek reference.) This is mostly a test post, so I'll keep it brief.

This is the first post on the official blog of The Wedge Garden - a community garden in the Pullen Park neighborhood of Raleigh, NC. The garden space was established by the Alexander Family YMCA in partnership with folks from the Pullen Park, Cameron Park, Cameron Village and West Morgan neighborhoods and the Hillsborough Citizens' Advisory Council.

We've done a ton of work to get to this point--meeting, planning, assembling materials, negotiating with local businesses and institutions--but tomorrow we really kick things off! In the morning, several dozen people, both neighbors and volunteers from the Service Raleigh program, will descend on the site to construct garden beds. We've got lots of shovels, gloves and wheelbarrows at the ready--not to mention 12 TONS of compost and topsoil!

For your viewing pleasure, and so you can see how far we've come after this weekend, here are a couple of "before" photos. More to come soon!

(The lot, and 12 tons of compost and topsoil. Those cans are not litter--they're marking the corners of our bed layout. How's that for recycling?)

(The view from street...we have so much good stuff to work with!)