Compost Demo

If you have ever wondered how to make compost, come to the Home Grown Garden this Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 am to learn how. Master Gardeners, Len and Esther Pardue, will give a 30 minute demonstration on building and maintaining a compost pile, and will provide you with a handout and answer your questions. Fall is the perfect time to start a compost pile when there is an abundance of leaves and there are still grass clippings from your yard.

The rain last Saturday put us behind on our garden chores, so come at 9:00 am and stay until 11:00 am to help pick the few remaining vegetables, protect the irrigation system with cardboard and wood chips, and spread manure on the planting rows. We will need help through the end of October to get the garden ready for the winter.

 

Directions to the Home Grown Garden at the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families

From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Highway 70. At the next traffic light turn left onto Whitson Ave and then right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.

Reminder: There are no restrooms at the garden.

 

 

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Just Living Monthly Challenge : Bee Aware

There are many types of bees and wasps but honeybees alone are responsible for providing us with at least 1/3 of our food supply. A few years ago beekeepers started noticing an alarming number of their bees mysteriously dying and their hives disappearing. After much research, scientists now believe that Colony Collapse Disorder is caused by several factors coming together. One main culprit is pesticides. Some newer pesticides bred into the crop seeds are killing bees directly or more insidiously by weakening their navigation and/or immune systems, thus making them more susceptible to parasites and disease. 

If There’s Only One Thing You Can Do it is SAVE BEES.

1. When planting new plants ask the nursery to make sure they are not pre-treated with pesticides and tell them to contact corporate headquarters about your request.

2. Reduce the amount of pesticides and herbicides you use and encourage your friends and family too.

3. Buy organic to support farmers that are trying to make us healthier which happens to help the bees at the same time.

4. Learn the difference between bees and wasps so you don’t accidentally kill our little pollinating friends. Bees are oval shaped and hairy with flat hairy legs for gathering pollen. Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are smoother with a slender waist between the thorax and abdomen.

5. If you find a displaced hive or swarm of honeybees. Don’t kill them. Call your government extension agent and they will put you in touch with a local beekeeper who will gladly come get the free bees!

Take Small Steps

Buying local honey supports beekeepers and reduces the unhealthy practices of large honey producers. Beekeeping practices of large food companies require millions of hives (each hive contains 50,000 or more bees) to be transported to pollinate crops and make honey.  Moving the hives back and forth across the country to pollinate certain crops at certain times stresses the bees and deprives them of a diverse diet, thus weakening them further.

Inner Simplicity

Learning about bees and what is killing them makes you a more informed consumer—they are vital to the complex web of creation of which we are also a part.

Outer Simplicity

Bees are an important link in the food chain all over the world. Interrupting the role that bees play as pollinators can have devastating consequences to our global food supply. As Christians, we are called to be conscious of how our actions affect all of our neighbors, bees included.

~Home Grown Garden~

The cooler temperatures are a physical reminder that fall is on the way with winter not too far behind. Consequently, the Home Grown Garden is preparing for colder temperatures as well as preparing the planting beds for spring.

The irrigation system that Carolinas Irrigation Association so generously donated to the Garden this summer, needs to be protected from the cold, plus heavy foot traffic and full wheelbarrows. This Saturday, we will be covering the irrigation tubing in the walking paths with wood chips 4 inches deep. One wheelbarrow load covers an area about 2 ft. x 2 ft., so it will require a lot of people power to move many loads of wood chips. Before winter we will also have to build an insulated box that will fit over the pump and pipes.

There are still a few remaining vegetables in the garden to be picked: beans, peppers, okra and squash. This Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am should be a good time to spend the last day of summer, generating your own heat by moving wood chips

I hope to see you there,

Jane

Directions to the Home Grown Garden at Black Mountain Home

From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Highway 70. At the next traffic light turn left onto Whitson Ave and then right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.

Reminder: There are no restrooms at the garden.

Home Grown Garden this week

The growing season is winding down for the season while we are ramping up to prepare beds for the spring. The tomatoes are finished for the year but there are still beans, peppers, okra, carrots, radishes, and basil to be picked. The wildflowers in the first row are at their peak and create a nice entrance to the garden.

Come out on Saturday from 9-11 AM and take a look at what we have. Then pick some produce or pick up a pitchfork and spread some woodchips. There is still much to be done and the sweet potatoes won’t be ready to be dug until the end of the month or later.

 

Directions to the Home Grown Garden at Black Mountain Home

From Asheville, take I-40 East to Exit 59, Swannanoa. Turn left at the traffic light, and then right at the next light onto Highway 70. At the next traffic light turn left onto Whitson Ave and then right at the stop sign onto Old US 70. Follow this road for almost 2 miles to the next traffic light. Turn left onto Lake Eden Road. Look for the Garden sign before you get to the main entrance of the Home and turn right into the lower fields area near the stone silo.

Reminder: There are no restrooms at the garden.