The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vertical Strawberry Planters Built by NCSU Students

Although it's cold out and the fall season is coming to an end, there are still lots of fun projects being done at the garden. 

At the Wedge, we feel privileged to be supported by NCSU students on various projects. Elliot Holmes an Environmental Science major student and Connor Food Science major student built vertical strawberry planters on Saturday. We met Elliott at the pumpkin carving party and noticed on his resume he likes to build things. At the Wedge, part of our mission is to get underprivileged kids to eat fruits and vegetables. So we asked Elliott if he would be willing to build vertical strawberry planters.  Elliott went home, researched the project for two days and said, "I wanted to get back to you about the End of the Year project within a couple of days. We can definitely complete/build the strawberry garden stand." 

Elliott then recruited Connor to help him build the planters. They researched the planter, learned about it, went to Lowe's to pick up the items needed and were at the garden before 9am Saturday morning to get started. 

We are honored and grateful to have such wonderful students and responsible citizens of Raleigh help work towards our overall vision of growing a healthier neighborhood at the Wedge. 

Of course we can't do all this without help from community sponsors. The funding for the project came from Charles Pedro a new resident of the Triangle. Charles arrived in Raleigh in early August joined the Sierra Club and started to learn about the three cities. He now lives in Durham, but we won't hold this against him.  The design for the planters came from a blog Ruffles &  Truffles.

We can't thank all of you enough for all your support. 

Next step, get a little help from Haven House volunteers to plant strawberries in the planters. 

Shamsa Visone, Connor, Elliott Holmes & Charles Pedro

Elliott Holmes

Monday, November 10, 2014

Art in the Garden with Roots & Shoots

The Wedge needs some color and NC Roots & Shoots along with Mills spent the afternoon making concrete plates and painting rocks.

NC Roots & Shoots gives young people the opportunity to truly make a difference locally, nationally and globally, through service projects promoting care and concern for the environment, animals and human communities. Colleges and universities, nationwide and internationally, host Roots & Shoots groups and participate in Roots & Shoots projects. Group projects cover a diverse range of topics, depending on the interests and concerns of the local members.

NC Roots & Shoots are a student group at NC State. As you can see from the photos they came to make a difference and they did! Looking forward to seeing all of you in the garden again. See more photos from the event by clicking one of the social sites below. 


with "Fiorella" & NC Roots & Shoots


Plates for Sidewalk

Painting Rocks as Garden Markers


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Great Collaborations at the Wedge

Meet Cindy Sanborn (right) and Mary Osborn "Fiorella" (left).  Cindy is an Extension Master Gardener and "Fiorella" is an undergraduate at NC State majoring in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology. And we have Deborah Bromiley with AmeriCorps of Wake County.

Last fall, our goal was to beautify the front area, but we didn't have enough resources. Dr. Jeana Myers, Horticulture Agent for Wake County introduced us to Cindy.  Cindy went above and beyond to help us design our sidewalk.  Cindy worked hand in hand with Mary in designing and selecting perennials for the sidewalk.   Dr. Jeana Myers, said, "Cindy is a professional, literally and in the way she takes care of business!" 

The sidewalk was dug up and the soil was prepped by AmeriCorp last Friday.  Come Service Raleigh in the spring, our sidewalk will be blooming with flowers such as Red Hibiscus, Echinacea, Dianthus and Red Aster.

Thank you Cindy, Mary and AmeriCorp for collaborating with us to continue to make this garden a true community garden where we all garden together. 

"Fiorella, Francesca" and Cindy

Deborah with AmeriCorp of Wake County

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Great Turn Out at the Pumpkin Carving Party

Thank you everyone for coming out for the Pumpkin Carving Party! Regardless of the rain, we carved pumpkins and met lots of new students and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you again.


"Gennaro and Giovanna"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Party

Join us for a pumpkin carving party on Wed., Oct 29th @5:30pm.  All are welcome. Click here to RSVP

Monday, September 29, 2014

Eggplant Parmigiana Verde Recipe Shared by Katie and Claudio from NCSU

One of our favorite things about the garden is making recipes with whatever we have growing the the garden. Here are a few photos of Eggplant Parmigiana Verde.  This dish was made by Catie McEntee, who runs the SOUL Garden at NCSU and Claudio Kriegel, NCSU Sustainability Steward.
Currently, we are growing eggplants, banana peppers, hot peppers, green bell peppers, herbs, & tomatoes. If you would like to try a dish and share the recipe with us, come by the garden on Saturday morning and get some fresh produce.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fall Planting with Haven House

Haven House volunteers help garden every Saturday.  Some of the volunteers helped us build another new bed, while others planted bok choy and lettuce that was donated by Well Fed Community Garden.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

True Communal Gardening

The Wedge Garden is a true communal garden where neighbors garden together and harvest together. We even receive help from neighbors we have never met. Wes is one of those neighbors. Wes is the Co-Founder of GreenRoots Environmental Design.  

Wes has delivered three large loads of mulch to the Wedge Garden in the past nine months and never asked for a carrot.  In fact, I just met him today for the first time. This is true communal gardening, where neighbors help neighbors even before they meet.

Thank you, Wes for being a great neighbor! Wedge Garden is a communal garden open to everyone from any neighborhood. Feel free to come by on Saturdays and garden with us to build camaraderie or to just get your hands dirty and feel the earth. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nutrition Video Project on the Wedge Garden

Anne Pursifull is a student at NC State studying nutrition. In her current community nutrition class, she was asked to create a three minute advertisement about a community partner whose mission is to improve the community's food security. Anne has asked us if she can do her video project on the Wedge Community Garden, because the garden shares fresh produce with neighbors, those in need, and volunteers. Anne would like to interview community members who have gardened at Wedge Community Garden, volunteered to grow food, and received shares of  the harvest.  Anne would like to get your perspective on the garden.  

We will be reaching out to community members to see if you are interested in answering Anne's questions.  Anne looks forward to meeting all of you!

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.