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Know your Roots: Fall into Winter Gardening | Thursday, September 28, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Join us for our Fall into Winter Gardening Workshop at Raleigh City Farm on Thursday, September 28.

Wondering if gardening season is over now that fall has come? It’s not!

Stretch the harvest and get the most out of your garden by growing in all four seasons! Learn lessons from a time in history when stretching the harvest was critical – WWII victory gardens. Go home with everything you need to know to grow for fall and into winter, with a free planting guide, AND a fall veggie container garden to get you started.

We are able to provide tickets at this low rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE TO JOIN US.

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Know your Roots: Preparing the Summer Garden Workshop on May 25 @ Raleigh City Farm

Know your Roots: Preparing the Summer Garden | Thursday, May 25, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

Join us for the next workshop of our spring Know Your Roots gardening series at Raleigh City Farm — Preparing the Summer Garden Workshop!

Afraid you’re too late to put in a summer garden?  Already planted your summer veggies, but not interested in spending the summer’s hottest months weeding and watering?  Had trouble keeping your garden thriving through the summer heat in the past?

This workshop is for you!  We’ll guide you through everything you need to plant a summer garden and keep it going through the most brutal parts of the summer heat.  We’ll send you home with a planting guide for June and a handout full of tips for a thriving summer garden.

Information will cover:
-What you can still plant now for harvests THIS summer and how to plant them.
-Strategies to conserve water in your garden and plant varieties that will resist drought and thrive in heat.
-Local history about Raleigh’s plant and garden past!

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We are able to provide tickets at this low rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

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Know your Roots: Building Raised Bed + Soil Building 101 on April 27!

SOLD OUT: Know your Roots: Building Raised Bed + Soil Building 101 | Thursday, April 27, 6-7:30 PM | Raleigh City Farm

This class is now SOLD OUT!  Thanks to all those who signed up!  If you want to reserve a spot in one of our other upcoming classes, check out our online store here.

Join us for the next workshop of our spring Know Your Roots gardening series at Raleigh City Farm — Raised Bed + Soil Building 101 Workshop!

Want to put in a garden bed without a lot of expense or hassle? Maybe you’re looking for simple raised bed plans or an easy way to create good garden soil?

We’ll show you how to do both and send you home with plans and a handout to get you started!

Information will cover:
-How to construct a simple raised bed design using wood and galvanized metal. We’ll practice on site and send you home with plans.
-How to create soil easily and inexpensively for any garden bed using the lasagna gardening method of soil creation. We’ll give you a handout to take home.
-We’ll also show you how to plant finished beds with summer transplants and direct sow summer seeds.

We are able to provide tickets at this low rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

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Know your Roots: Inside-Out Guide to Seed Starting on 3/30 at Raleigh City Farm!

Reserve your spot here for our upcoming Know Your Roots: Inside-Out Seed Starting Workshop!

Interested in starting seeds indoors for your summer garden?  Or maybe you’d like to start a container garden of spring veggies that can go straight outside?  We’ll show you how to do both and send you home with the starter package of your choice!

We’ll cover how and when to start your seeds indoors versus outdoors for summer versus spring crops.  We’ll provide a planting guide for the month of April for you to take home.  You can choose to plant and take home a starter kit of your choosing: the salad patch kit to put out this spring or the pizza garden kit to start inside now and plant out this summer.

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Tickets provided at a discounted rate thanks to the generosity of the Oakwood Garden Club.

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Stretching the Season: 4 Season Gardening Workshop @ Raleigh City Farm

Stretching the Season: 4 Season Gardening Workshop@ Raleigh City Farm | Saturday, September 10, 9-11 AM

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Reserve your spot here for a place in our Stretching the Season: 4 Season Vegetable Gardening Workshop at Raleigh City Farm!

Saturday, September 10, 9-11 AM
800 S Blount St.

Stretch the harvest and get the most out of your garden by growing in all four seasons!  Learn lessons from a time in history when stretching the harvest was critical – WWII victory gardens.  Go home with everything you need to know to grow for fall and into winter AND with a free September planting guide and container garden to get you started.

Reserve your spot here!

Be sure to check out the Raleigh City Farm Stand (open 9-12) before you go!

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Free Program! Top 10 Pollinator-Friendly Plants for Your Home Garden

Celebrate National Pollinator Week with us by joining us for this FREE program at Raleigh City Farm to learn ore about pollinators!  RSVP via our facebook event page to let us know to expect you.  Special thanks to the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation for helping us provide this programming free of charge.

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October in the Piedmont: Monthly Planting Guide

Well, fall is officially here!  In the heat of summer, I find myself craving fall…  Yet as a gardener, there is a certain sadness that comes with the end of the summer abundance.  My summer crops grow more and more slowly now, and the average first frost date – when they will be officially done – is only a month away.  We can continue to harvest the frost-hardy fall plants we hopefully put in during August and September for a couple more months, but the time for planting is winding down.  Only the hardiest of greens like spinach or alliums like garlic and onions are left on our list.

The seasons really start to mean even more as you involve yourself deeper in growing or foraging your food.  Fall is a time of straddling two extremes – harvesting the last of the abundance of summer while winding down in preparation for winter.  Fall is our last chance to put up the harvest so that our winter selves will thank us when we open a jar of summer in the cold months of January and February.  Fall is also a time to invest in next summer’s harvest through planting root crops like onions and garlic that won’t be ready for months to come.  See what’s left in our guide below!

October Planting Guide

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September in the Piedmont: Monthly Planting Guide

You may have thought September marked the winding down of the gardening season as fall quickly approaches…  but you couldn’t be further from the truth!

It’s true that the time to plant any summer crops (with the exception of snap beans) has now passed, but for the fall garden, September is prime time!  And it’s also your last chance for most fall crops…  Note all the green highlighted rows in our guide below.

Upcoming Class Schedule - Fall 2015If you’d like to know more about how best to start your fall veggies, check out our upcoming:

Fall Veggie Gardening Class

at Raleigh City Farm

Saturday, September 12, 9-11 AM!

It will be part of a new series of classes we’re doing at the farm this fall – all using fall veggies!  For this class, you’ll learn about what to plant and how to plant it, hear stories of historical vegetable growing practices, and enjoy fresh juice made from end-of-summer veggies from the farm.  Recovering from Hopscotch the night before?  We’ve got just the thing…

It’s past time to start your fall seedlings indoors, but there is still plenty of time to purchase transplants from your local garden center or direct seed many others.  Some plants that we generally think of growing only from transplants can actually be direct-seeded in the fall, such as cauliflower and kohlrabi.  Who knew?

So take advantage of the milder weather fall brings, and start sneaking in some fall crops between your dwindling summer plants!  Don’t forget to give them a good helping of compost or well-aged manure.  Your garden will need a little pick-me-up after the toll summer production can take on it.

September Planting Guide

 

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Monthly Planting Guide: August in the Piedmont

If you’re not too buried in a pile of tomatoes or zucchini this time of year to think about planting more in your garden, August can be an exciting time to plant!  There are still a few “quick maturing” crops you can get in the ground for summer – like bush beans and cucumbers.  But I think the really exciting things are the fall crops!  Think of almost everything you might have put in your spring garden – peas, cabbage, broccoli, greens…  All of this has another chance to be planted now for a fall (and even into winter) harvest!

See our Monthly Planting Guide for August below for the details.  If you don’t have an empty bed, stick fall crops in around your summer ones – they’ll appreciate a little shade.  When it’s time to pull out the no-longer-productive summer crops, your fall crops can have all the space and all the light!

August Planting Guide

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Sea Salt, Rocket, & Roses… Piedmont Picnic goes to the beach

That’s right!  We just got back from the beach, but don’t worry, we didn’t take the week off.  To keep you entertained, while we were on vacation, we looked into things to forage on the beaches of NC…  What did we find?  We foraged seaweed for extra nutrients in the compost pile, picked sea rocket and wild roses, and made our own sea salt!  All things you can try out next time you pop over to the beach.  Check it out below.

Wild sea rocket…  like arugula, but the leaves are more like a succulent…

Wild beach roses were turned into an infusion and then into a yummy beachy cocktail (of course!).  

The #wildfoodlove #harvest continues even on #beach #vacation. #TopsailIsland #beachrose A photo posted by Piedmont Picnic Project (@piedmontpicnicproject) on

“The #Wild #Rosy #Pear” – wild #beachrose #infusion+ pear syrup courtesy of #grandma’s #homecanned pears + #gin + lemon

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Finally, our grand finale…  If you are trying to eat more locally, how do you localize your salt intake?  Well, if you live in the NC Piedmont, in less than 150 miles, you can make your own local sea salt!  We just strained the seawater and then dehydrated it until nothing was left but the salt!  

Why yes! This is the start of our #homemade #seasalt evaporated from #foraged #seawater! #TopsailIsland

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