Posts Tagged ‘“vegetable garden”’

Calling all gardeners without a garden

As many of you know, our main project thus far has been at the Dunleith Community Garden in the Aycock neighborhood. The garden was installed in June of 2009, and since then we’ve had 2 successful seasons of CSAs (community supported agriculture) and 7 neighbors renting plots.

Well, when it comes to the garden, the time to think about spring is in the fall! We’ve got some winter “cash crops” (edibles) in the ground, as well as some winter “cover crops” (to help improve the soil). This fall, we are opening the garden up for more folks to rent a plot in the spring.

In the past we have offered the option of participating in the garden through a CSA or by renting a plot. This year, we hope to fill up more of the garden with plot renters, and from there determine whether or not we will run a CSA. After all, it is a community garden, and we want our community to have ownership.

A community plot rental is a small financial investment but a large time commitment. Plot rentals give you 10 months to tend your own community plot. Spring plots will be available Feb 1, 2011 for you to prep and plant those super early spring crops (like snow peas)! If you are interested in renting a plot at the Dunleith Community Garden, please send an email to urbanharvest.gso@gmail.com and we well send you a sign-up form.

Here’s to spring veggies!

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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

Let the flood gates open

As the Dunleith Community Garden gains popularity in the media, I figured it was time to start updating everyone on our progress. That’s right! You will now be able to read weekly updates on the garden, including (but not limited to) watering schedules, volunteer needs, decorative additions and general growth updates. As Dawn and Justin shared their experiences at Growing Power and their expanding knowledge, hopefully I will be able to capture a snapshot of local food in Greensboro and our ongoing projects.

If you’ve walked by the Dunleith Community Garden, you can clearly see that a lot has occurred since our groundbreaking on June 20th, 2009. (Has it really only been 2 months?!) Since that joyous day, we have planted tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, numerous herbs, basil, and so much more. Everything really seemed to take on a life of its own–even though it was very late for a summer planting. Attributed to this abundant growth was the vital necessity of any garden: water. During the last couple months, neighbors of the Dunleith Community Garden have graciously donated water to this project. By stretching hoses from across the street, volunteers were able to hand water all of the plants–sometimes taking as long as 2-3 hours in watering. We are extremely thankful for these neighbors and the volunteers that fought over 200 feet of hose!

The last day that water flowed on the Dunleith property was in the 60’s, before the demolition of the house on the property. Almost 50 years later, Urban Harvest Sweat Equity project in partnership with Aycock Historic Neighborhood have brought back WATER! This morning we will have water once more. This is a tremendous feat, not only because of the number of years that have passed, but also because of what this water will now produce.  This garden in not state-funded, being paid for by the members of the Aycock Historic Neighborhood and Urban Harvest Sweat Equity Project.  Providing all soil amendments, compost, weeding, edging, and general maintenance, UH-SEP is striving to teach the community how to grow food and in turn, creating a sustainable community.

By involving the entire Aycock Historic Neighborhood, surrounding neighborhoods and local restaurants, we are hoping to create a community with the knowledge to feed itself. As a non-profit corporation, UH-SEP will insure individualized education, workshops and over productive food will directly impact the community that we are serving. Now, with the addition of water on this historic site, let the flood gates open (metaphorically, of course) and the hard work continue! Please join in and celebrate all of the hard work that we have ALL accomplished to come this far.

Please continue to check back for weekly communication.

Sarah Brewer “Urban Harvest Sweat Equity Project”

Urban Harvest’s Vision for Greensboro

This News & Record video was released on Friday as a preview to a piece for release on Sunday. The interview with Co-Founder Daniel Leiker discusses Urban Harvest’s involvement with the Dunleith Community Garden site, and how Dunleith is a piece of our vision to work with Greensboro to “provide access to local food for all it’s citizens.”

Watch the video here.

Then read the article “A growing revolution: Urban gardens are changing the landscape” about more urban farming and local food initiatives in Greensboro and around North Carolina.

Late Spring Veggies.

The garden looks just about as full right now, as I’d expect it to in August. But spring has just as much abundance as autumn and much more enthusiasm with the budding life and the refreshingly warm air. It has a few more months before the warmth turns stale and the air becomes stagnant.  No, right now the abundance is with the cleansing greens of spinach, chard and lettuce. Even the herbs, which we’re pairing with everything from salad to spaghetti and stir-fry, are already plentiful. When things are planted in the fall of the previous year, it barely takes a week of warm weather for the little plants to reach maturity. And sometimes it even seems too fast. The overwintered broccoli, cabbages, greens and lettuce go to seed pretty quickly, so we really have to keep at them, harvesting just as soon as they are maturing. We’ve already pulled up several flowering heads of lettuce. But no worry, they were quickly replaced by little bell peppers, eggplants and tomatoes.

the front yard

the front yard

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Fisher Park Garden Tour

This Sunday, April 26th, our little garden will be featured along with only four others from the Fisher Park neighborhood as park of a garden tour. Come see what has sprouted so far this spring, and what news things are being planted. If you come after 4pm, we’ll also be offering mojitos made fresh from the mint box, and if you stay till after 6pm, we might offer dinner from the garden. At this time of year, as you’ve seen from the posts below, dinner will consist of salad.

The address is 603 Simpson St. If you’re starting in downtown, heading north on Elm St, you’ll take a left at Fisher Ave. The first intersection will the Greene St and the second will be Simpson St. Turn right on Simpson St and we’re the apartment building on the left. No need to RSVP, but we hope to see you there.

Simpson St. update

We are almost half way through the month of November and it is time for an update on the garden in front of our apartment. We have mostly recovered from the drought and heat of last summer. Temperatures have been mild for mid-November, and we have received regular rains.

Transition

Transition

At the time this picture was taken (mid-October), the only summer holdouts are the tomatoes, the okra, and a few bean plants. We planted a mixture of cool weather greens, cabbage, and broccoli in the front bed. The rear bed has a fall/winter cover crop mix. This mix will grow until early next spring when I will cut it down and incorporate its nutrients into the bed. Continue reading