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.

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!