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,
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.