The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

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 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.


Haven House Volunteers

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 if you have a group who would be interested in prepping and planting asparagus.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

First Harvest of the Season

Last fall we had an entire area that was full of weeds. We cleared out the area, and Julia planted yellow, white & red onions, shallots and garlic.

We knew they would be ready right before pumpkin season. Although onions are not prime vegetables, they are easy to grow and almost everyone will use onions in their cooking at least once a week.

This past Saturday we harvested 65 lbs of onions.

Here is how we shared our first harvest of the season:

1) 25.26 lbs of yellow onions, white onions, garlic, shallots and small white onions with Plant a Row for the Hungry.

2) Homes on Park Avenue, Dexter Lane and Ashe Avenue
3) Supporters of Service Raleigh 2014 – Alexander Family YMCA, Lomo Market, Moonlight Diner, Tesoro Hair Design, Logan’s Trading & Ace Hardware Seaboard Station

Ace Hardware Seaboard

Sue @Logantrd

Maurizio @TesoroHairDesign

Rossie @LomoMrkt


Friday, June 13, 2014

A Pleasant Visit by the Extension Master Gardeners

Extension Master Gardener volunteers work with NC Cooperative Extension to provide gardeners with unbiased, research based information on gardens, lawns and landscapes. I have called and tweeted the Master Gardeners a number of times this spring to get advice on soil amendment, manure composting and help with planting the herb garden.

To my surprise, the Master Gardeners came to visit the Wedge Garden. Although it was raining, the visit was a pleasant surprise. We look forward to more visitors at the Wedge.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Check Out the Mural by Lauren Caddick from NCSU

About a year ago, we were thinking of getting a mural done on the shed wall that faces the YMCA kids playground. We thought of asking Service Raleigh to see if an NCSU art student would want to do a mural for us. We also asked the YMCA if they would be willing to sponsor the project. Without a moment of hesitation, I received an email from Douglas Andrew saying, "This sounds awesome.  We would love to sponsor the mural." The plan was to get the mural done on Service Raleigh, March 29th. However, as most of you know, it rained and some of the projects were cancelled. The mural being one of the projects.

Service Raleigh connected us with Lauren Caddick, a Park Scholar from Gastonia, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Art and Design and a minor in Film Studies from NCSU.

This past weekend, Lauren volunteered her Service Raleigh hours to do the mural. The mural is on the shed wall that faces the YMCA playground. Lauren has done a fabulous job with the mural. If you plan to check it out, walk up the steps of the garden, all the way to the shed and you will see it on the right side of the shed wall.

Thank you, Lauren and Alexander Family YMCA for all your support. We appreciate everything you do for us.

If you are a patron of the NCSU University Theater, then you may have seen Lauren in Game's a Foot. She played Madge Geisel.

Mural by Lauren Caddick - NCSU

Saturday, June 7, 2014

What's Growing in the Garden

Lot's of goodies! We've got onions, garlic, shallots, white onions, green onions, leeks, tomatoes, eggplant, hot pepper, banana peppers, basil, parsley, cilantro, potatoes, lettuce, even asparagus! We got everything labeled. Stop by and take a look. Here are a few photos.

Green Peppers

White Onions

Small White Onions

Using Weed Suppressing Fabric

The Haven House youth came back this weekend to help out with the butterfly garden. Two months ago we planted perennials. They are finally looking great, but we were tired of weeding every weekend. Giovanni picked up weed suppressor fabric on Friday.

The youth helped us take out all the woodchips, lay out the fabric and place mulch and compost on top. Weed suppressing fabric was placed directly on the ground to help control weed growth around plants. The woven material is designed to allow water in to help keep the soil warm and moist, while keeping insects out and eliminating the sunlight environment that is necessary for weeds to flourish. It makes a gardener's life much easier. Thank you Haven  House youth for coming out every weekend to help your community garden flourish.


Haven House Youth

Haven House Volunteers

Mission Accomplished!