GARDENING TIPS: If you didn’t get around to cleaning your gardening tools before putting them up this winter, do so now at the beginning of the season. Look them over and give them a good cleaning. Sharpen the business edges of shovels and hoes. Sand down wooden handles and then rub them down with linseed oil.
Here’s one way to keep trowels, shovels, and other tools from getting rusty: Fill a 5-gallon bucket with sand almost to the top and then sprinkle some motor oil over the top. Stick the sharp ends of your tools in there when they’re not in use and they won’t get all rusty.
Slice 325 garden workday
Slice 325 will have a Saturday Garden Work Day on July 24, 11am–3pm, in the space behind Healing with CAARE (214 Broadway St). (Slice 325 is a culinary education nonprofit.) Anyone who’d like to help create a community garden is welcome; feel free to bring any tools you might have, plus work gloves. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and violinist David Scott Binanay will play beautiful music at noon.
JIAR’s new community garden
Jamaat Ibad Ar-Rahman will hold its Community Garden Open House at 2610 White Oak Ave on Saturday, July 25, 10am–noon. Enjoy the space and find out ways you can get involved. If you’d like to volunteer in the garden, contact Abdur-Rashid Beyah at 917-627-4442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workday with UCAN
Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN)’s next Workday will be Saturday, July 17, 8–11am, at their Catawba Trail Farm (2080 Sawmill Creek Pkwy). If you like getting your hands dirty by taking on some gardening chores, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Tips on growing peas
In this video, the Durham Cooperative Extension’s Food and Consumer Science Agent Cheralyn Berry gives helpful tips on growing peas in your home or community garden.
Free community garden ebook
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension has published a 12-page ebook called Eat Smart, Move More: Growing Communities Through Gardens. Click here to read this free publication online, and if you find it useful, you can download it for later reading.
Sarah P Duke Gardens
Duke Gardens now offers demonstrations and classes as online events; click here to register (even for the free events):
Triangle Orchid Society
The Triangle Orchid Society will host a webinar on Monday, May 10, 7:30–9pm. American Orchid Society newsletter columnist Tom Mirenda will lead the discussion and share some of his most recent photos. Visit the Facebook event page right before 7:30 to get the Zoom link.
The Weekend Gardener
WPTF’s Weekend Gardener radio show has been on the air since 1985 and is a wonderful 3-hour exploration of flower and lawn care, soil improvement and pest control ideas, and much more. It airs every Saturday, 8–11am, on 680am AND 98.5fm. If you were too busy to listen, you can always click here and listen to past shows.
NC State’s ‘Extension Gardener’
Here’s the Winter 2020 edition of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s online publication, “Extension Gardener”: