Posts Tagged ‘fall’

Paper vs Plastic? How about Basket vs Canvas?

OK, we’ve had our first couple of frosts and a long Thanksgiving holiday. Work in the garden has slowed quite a bit. Perhaps we can take a moment for a bit of a debate around the fire? Or more simply put for the purposes of this blog: which route is the better one to take – Local or Organic? Of course, the ideal answer to that question is BOTH! But what about those times when you really do need to make a choice? Not many of us here in the Piedmont are growing our own wheat for bread, for example, and our seafood, though kinda local (regional really), mostly gets here from the coast. Thanksgiving at my house included lots of locally raised and organic selections, but not all were, by any means. So what’s a responsible omnivore to do? Not exactly The Omnivore’s Dilemma (thank you, Michael Pollan!) I know, but a question that seems to keep coming up in our food discussions.

Urban winter garden with beet sprouts and onion transplants

In this blog, of course, the “basket” refers to harvesting out of our own backyards, small farms or community gardens (yay, Dunleith!) and “canvas” seems to be the bag of choice at the local organic food store (well, maybe at the local farmers’ market, too, but you get the idea). Many of us who grew this year, took great advantage of all of the good fresh choices that came out of our gardens. Some of us even canned, froze or otherwise processed some of that goodness in preparation for the long winter ahead. But now that Fall is here, the fresh-out-of-the-garden selections are, in most cases, fewer and less diverse. What’s a person to do? Continue reading

Another Fantastic Volunteer Day

Well we’ve removed just about all of the summer stuff!! The Montagnards worked had as usual, despite the damp and cold weather. We had about 20 “students” and 4 native English speakers, so we broke up into 5 groups and tackled the last vestiges of the summer crops. We pulled up all of the tomatoes! Hallelujah! (Most of the time we’re clinging to the summer and scorning the first frost, but for those of us with tomatoes still coming out of our ears, the first frost is eagerly anticipated)!

We also had strong bodies (despite Daniel’s claims to strong mouths—which may do more work than the hands sometimes) that helped to dig 2 more aisles and rid them of crabgrass. Then we laid down cardboard and covered the aisles with mulch—thank you neighbors for the huge pile of mulch courtesy of a chopped down oak. We are much closer to having all the aisles dug then we were yesterday!

Finally, we began to plant some fava beans and cover crop. That means all of our winter crops will be in the ground soon. And a happy little surprise was awaiting us upon our return home: row cover has arrived (no more nibbling for you rabbits)!

Nip in the Air

Fall is here! As sweaters are being pulled out of the closet and soups are being prepared, I wanted to take a quick moment to thank all of the people that have helped us make it this far. Dawn, Justin, and I would not have been able to make it this far without the help of the entire community of Greensboro. From volunteer groups in the garden like the Montagnard-Dega Association and community advocates, to our Advisory Board and the Aycock Historic District, we are thankful for all who have lent a helping hand to bring local, food production back to our city. Thank you for your support and your efforts both in the garden and throughout Greensboro.

Fall Harvest

It’s hard to imagine because we’ve been dealing with soaring temperatures recently, but Autumn is quickly on its way! It seems like just as we can’t take anymore of the high temperatures and humidity, Fall steps in to give us a breath of relief. But with this much anticipated temperature change comes a change in the Garden.

Now is the time to start thinking about the yummy veggies that we will be enjoying in a few weeks. Plants such as carrots, broccoli, onions, cabbage and lettuce will be thriving in our gardens and filling our plates in a short amount of time. As a gardener, this is one of the most exciting times! It’s always thrilling to see large growth in the garden that you’ve started, but there is a different energy that comes with planning where and how the garden will be set up.  Whether it be the reassurance of the seed catalogs that make you feel like you CAN grow anything or the control of planning out just where the plants will find their final resting ground, a change in harvest time brings about a renewal of energy for us.

For the next few weeks you will be able to see us at Dunleith Community Garden pulling the spent summer plants and planning for the future. If you feel like you need to be re-energized towards your personal garden or you’re looking for general knowledge on how to plant a Fall harvest, feel free to stop by Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-7pm to talk to us.  For more information on the Fall plants that you can start and how to prepare for a Fall garden visit this website: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8001.html