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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.

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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Monthly Planting Guide: July in the Piedmont

Some like it hot! And that’s the truth for the July issue of our Monthly Planting Guides!  July is the last chance for some heat-lovers like tomatoes, melons, and sweet potatoes.  But don’t think it’s the end of planting season!  It’s also time to start thinking about your fall garden with cool weather crops like brussels sprouts, beets, and carrots.

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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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Monthly Planting Guide: June in the Piedmont

 

 

Wondering what you can still plant this month in the Piedmont, Zone 7B?  We’ve got you covered!  There’s still time to put out a few key summer transplants like tomatoes and peppers…  but it’s also time to think about starting those fall transplants from seed indoors!

June Planting Guide

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Pollinator Picnic was all the buzz!

Piedmont Picnic Project hosted our Pollinator Picnic this past Saturday as part of the Second Saturday events in Raleigh and as part of our Pollinators in the Piedmont blog series!    Special thanks to all those who came out for the event!  See full gallery here.

Pollinator Picnic

PapaSpuds_logoSpecial thanks to Papa Spuds for providing all of the honey for the event!  If you’re interested in Papa Spuds local foods delivery service, they’ll waive your enrollment fee and give you $5 off your first order when you use the coupon code PICNIC.  

If you couldn’t make it out, here’s what you missed…

A full bee buffet of honey and wildflower drinks and treats, including Honeygirl Meadery mead and Brothers Vilgalys Spirits krupnikas cocktail!

#yogurtcheese flavored with #honey and #foraged #hickorynuts decorated with more nuts, #nativehoneysuckle and #wildroses at the #PollinatorPicnic!

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#trappist #honeybread at our #PollinatorPicnic! #likethebeesdoit A photo posted by Piedmont Picnic Project (@piedmontpicnicproject) on

A pollinator garden demo including a good dose of bee history and recommendations for pollinator plants.  This berm is stuffed full of BREW coffee grounds and compost from a kindly CompostNow customer!

Our best helpers! #PollinatorBerm #startemyoung #givebeesachance

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Stay tuned to our Pollinators in the Piedmont series to see what’s next – like our upcoming Wild History walking tour – learning more about pollinators, bee history, and forageable wildflowers!

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This May: Pollinators in the Piedmont

For the month of May, Piedmont Picnic Project will be focusing on pollinators, all they do for us, and what we can do for them!

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What can you expect from our Pollinators in the Piedmont series?

Pollinator Picnic | Saturday, May 9th, 2-4 PM | 308 Colleton Rd. (parking on street)

Pollinator Picnic

Come have a picnic provided by the bees while we create a picnic for the bees!  Learn how to install a pollinator garden at a personal residence while enjoying a light picnic of wildflower & honey drinks and treats.


Wild History Pollinator Walk | Saturday, May 23, 2-4 PM | Surprise Location TBA

Join Piedmont Picnic on another Wild History walk where we’ll point out wild edibles along the way while we share the history around our topic and location!  This month’s theme will be… what else?  Pollinators!  So we’ll talk bees, stings, pollinator habitat, honey, and wildflowers…  of course!

Our TBA location will be at a surprise location along part of Raleigh’s greenways, as part of our on-going 100 Miles in 100 Days series, walking and foraging all 100 miles of Raleigh’s greenways in the 100 days of spring!

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Blogging Series

Our blogging will also be following our pollinator theme – looking into all things wildflower, bee, and honey!  Topics will include any and all of the following, and more!

  • Get the buzz on Honeygirl Meadery
  • Queen Bee: A history of women and honey
  • Bee keeping and hive removal
  • Baking and preserving with honey
  • Piedmont Picnic tries their hand at mead
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Monthly Planting Guide: May in the Piedmont

Check out our latest installment of our Monthly Planting Guides!  May is an exciting month!  It’s too late for most of your spring crops at this point, but summer crops are now all fair game…  including heat-lovers like okra and peanuts!  But be sure to get those in fast – your window is short.

May Planting Guide

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Monthly Planting Guide: April in the Piedmont

April is a very exciting time for planting, as you can see by how long our list grows!  Since April 5th is this zone’s average last frost date, summer crops can start going out into the garden from mid-April on…  but make sure you keep an eye on those evening low temps!  Late frosts are not unheard of, and can decimate summer transplants.  If a late frost does happen, cover summer transplants with overturned cups, jars, or buckets.  Getting closer every day to that first ripe tomato…

April Seed Guide

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