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.

 

 

~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.

 

 

 

 

 

Harvest Help Needed!

It did not rain at the Home Grown Garden last Saturday morning and four volunteers harvested more than 60 pounds of produce. We picked 40 pounds of tomatoes, 15 pounds of green beans, assorted peppers, a big bunch of carrots, two fennel bulbs, a few squash, and fewer giant okra. We donated the vegetables to Manna.

The beans on the trellis and the bush beans looked great although the leaves are still being eaten by bugs. We decided that there were enough beans to share with the rabbits and didn’t worry about stopping them. We had no time to do anything else except pick a few weeds, so there will be plenty to do this Saturday.

This is harvesting time and we will have more beans to pick, some tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, and a few surprises. The corn does not look good and may be a total loss this year. All the rain has challenged us in new and different ways.

Please come to help us harvest this Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am. If you have never picked beans or squash we will show you how. Volunteers are welcome to take some of the produce for their personal use.

Bring drinking water; no sunscreen needed!    Reminder: There is no bathroom at the garden.

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.

Home Grown Garden

The beans are coming in, the tomatoes are ripening, and the squash is starting to produce so now is the time to see the fruits of our labors. Come to the Home Grown Garden this Saturday from 9:00 – 11:00 am and pick a little, prune a little, weed a little, and enjoy the setting of this giving garden in the glorious splendor of God’s creation. Check out His creatures, too. The Home has goats, donkeys, and chickens in a large pen right next to the Garden.

All ages are welcome and you don’t have to be an experienced gardener to help. Garden supervisors will show you what to do and how to do it. There might even be a few beans for you to take home and taste the goodness of freshly picked produce.

Bring drinking water and a hat and sunscreen – unless it is raining! Reminder: There is no bathroom at the garden.

 

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.