The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

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.


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.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Good Use for Wood Chips

The free wood chips are a great resource for the garden.  Wood chip mulch insulates the soil, prevents weeds and helps retain soil moisture.  Hardwood chips, such as oak and hickory, last longer because they break down more slowly. By look of the giant tree that was torn down, we believe these are oak tree wood chips. “It's best to apply wood chip mulch in early summer, after planting but before the soil temperature becomes overly warm.”  Perfect timing for us.

This weekend we applied wood chips to some areas, but not all.  If you are at the garden and want something to do, feel free apply wood chips like show in the photo below. 

3 lbs or Larger Pots Needed

If you have extra 3 lbs or large pots and don’t need them, The Wedge Garden will take them. Here is a picture of the size we are looking for. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Neighborhood Volunteers Needed for Watering Garden

The summer is here and we need folks in the neighborhood to help water the garden before the June drought hits us. We need about 4 more people.  Anyone interested, please email

Finally Got Wood Chips. How? Don’t Ask.

Giovanni spotted a house in the neighborhood with wood chips. We both stopped by to ask if we can have them. The stranger said, “sure.”  So on Sunday Craig and I made an attempt with the large green recycling bins. We filled each one up, and rolled them across Park to the garden. Here’s Craig rolling one. It looks easy, but it wasn’t. After three trips, I gave up. The heat and hunger kicked in.

Monday afternoon with 3 more helpers, we tried again. This time with success. Thanks to Vincenzo who happen to just pass by in his manual handy pickup truck, we made 3 trips with the last one being the most productive. We made two piles. One in the garden and one in the back. If you are coming to the garden, bring cardboard and/or old clothes for the pathways before we spread the wood chips. 

What’s up with the Italian names?

So a volunteer this weekend asked why does everyone at the garden have an Italian name?  Well it all started out as a joke with Giovanni last summer during the corn porn video. John has been “Giovanni” since. In fact he loves his name so much that he even gave himself an Italian last name. We’ve all decided, if you want to be a member of the garden, you have to go thru the right of passage with acquiring an Italian name. Now you can’t name yourself. Francesco, who is not a member and refuses to step into the garden with his new sneakers only gets to name you. Are you looking to become a member? Come by any Saturday morning and acquire a name.

Meet garden member Vincenzo enjoying a Samosa. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Samosas with Mimosas Garden Day

We had another successful gardening day on Saturday. Laziz Biryani donated samosas and Jessica (who was not able to attend) provided a sparkling pear juice to go well with the OJ to make the mimosas. With the help of some new members/volunteers  we were able to:

*Got rid of an old futon that was dumped in the back of the shed (Thank you Emelia * Alexandra);
*Organized all the wood that was in front of the shed (Thank you Vincenzo);
*Cleaned out the containers in the back of the shed (Thank you Vincenzo);
*Weeded most of the section north of the kidney bad (Thank you Laura (we need an Italian name for Laura) and Julia):
*Wrenn as always did a fantastic job watering the entire garden.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Samosa and Mimosa Work Day Scheduled

Mark your calendars now for the Wedge Garden's Samosa and Mimosa Clean-up-Behind-the-Shed Work Day, Saturday, May 18th (rain date May 19). We'll get started in the morning about 9ish (more or less) and carry on until the area behind the shed is totally tidy. Laziz Biryani (Pakistani restaurant) on Avent Ferry will be donating samosas to keep us going--and what better to drink with our samosas than mimosas? Please join us! And please let us know if you plan to come so we can make sure to have plenty of refreshments for all.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cardboard for pathways

We are hoping to have a new load of wood chips delivered for mulching the pathways in the garden sometime soon. It would be a very good plan to cover the paths with layers of weed-discouraging cardboard (or newspaper or even ragged old clothes) before we spread the mulch. If you have such things just gathering dust at your house, please bring them over and we'll put them to good use!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Need Untreated Wood for Raised Beds

The area where The Wedge Garden sits was once upon time the foundation of a house. Which means, sometimes when we dig below 2 - 3 feet in some of the beds we hit concrete. Our goal is to build raised beds. If you have access to untreated wood, please let us know. Also, if you are a carpenter and can help build raised beds, we'd love your help!

There's concrete underneath this bed.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Service Raleigh - Spring Planting Kickoff!

We kicked off our spring planting season on Service Raleigh Day on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Thank you to NCSU students, NCSU Cheerleaders, Kerry the Master Gardner, Danni, Ivo & Jessica's mom, the two guys from across the street for getting your knuckles dirty.

We also want to thank John Spiess from The Heritage Golf Club in Wake Forest for 20 bags of topsoil and 10 bags of soil!  Thank you Kerry (Master Gardner) for driving down at 9am and taking back a truck load of dried greenery to burn. What a load off our backs!

Irregardless donated artisan bread; Market Imports for the four birds that were sanded and painted! Logan's Trading company provided gloves for all of us. Thank you, Sue, for the two dozen corn muffins. They are in our tummies. 

Thank you Cheerleaders for inviting your friends and cousins to give us a helping hand and great cheer to end the day! 

Completed Projects:
The two garden beds in the front - Check!
Compost Bin - Check!
Birds sanded & painted - Check!
One raised bed - Check!
Top soil in all beds - Check!
Nourished the Fig Tree - Check!
Cleaned the Shed - Check!
Planted the Kidney bed - Check!