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Fall Sweetness!

Updated: Oct 25

Sweet Potato Harvest

We're grateful for all of the volunteers from throughout the community who helped harvest 1,270 lbs. of sweet potatoes from 1,500 sq. ft. of soil! Their efforts will provide nutrient rich food for 635 families!


2022 Harvest to Date: 7,750 lbs!




 

Guests in the Garden




It was a joy to welcome 60 students from three Horticulture classes at Wake Forest High School to the garden this month.


Your enthusiasm and hard work helped make our garden and community a better place!


It was also a joy to welcome volunteers from Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Bunn to our annual sweet potato harvest.


Thank you for your hard work and beautiful smiles!




 

Garden workdays


October 8, 8 am - 2pm

Sweet Potato Harvest

&

Cookout




October 15, 8 am - 11 am

Plant winter vegetable seedlings.

Paint gate sign frame.

Distribute sweet potatoes.


October 22, 8 am - 11 am

Plant collards & cabbage collards.

Prepare table planters for planting.

Paint garden gates.

Distribute sweet potatoes.



October 29, 8 am - 11 pm

Plant spinach and lettuce in table planters.

Table planters are ideal for folks who aren't comfortable bending over, squatting, or kneeling.


We have 3 sizes of table planters, adult, handicap accessible, and preschool, to make gardening accessible and enjoyable for all.


 

Do you know...?

What makes a sweet potato sweet?

Sweet potatoes don't come out of the ground tasting sweet. They need to be cured in a humid room at 85 degrees for 100 hours. If conditions aren't consistent, cure them for 175 hours.


 

Gardening Tips

Now is the time to add Bt to your garden to ward off insects, including cabbage worms, cabbage loopers, and broccoli worms, that damage cold weather crops. Bt, bacillus thuringiensis, is a naturally occurring bacteria, commonly found in a variety of soil types. Bt makes a protein that's toxic to several insect pests, but not to humans, animals, pollinators, and most beneficial insects. Bt is short-acting, and breaks down quickly in sunlight. It can be reapplied every 7-10 days, as long as the problem persists.







Now is the time to build a raised bed and plant a fall garden!

Broccoli, Cabbage, Cabbage Collards, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Kale, Lettuces, Spinach, & Swiss Chard are great choices!




 

Recipes

We harvested and donated butternut squash to Journey Mission Food Pantry and WF Community Meals in late Sept. and early Oct. Here are a couple of delicious ways to cook butternut squash!


Buttternut Squash and Pear Soup
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Roasted Winter Squash
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