Wednesday, February 13, 2013

West Asheville Park Party

We couldn't have had a nicer day to celebrate the fourth year of the edible planting in the West Asheville Park.  The original trees put on a tremendous amount of growth last year and are looking fine.  

Greet and Meet
Fruit nuts loving the trees

Three European hybrid Hazelnuts looking fine

The Hazelnuts had there first crop last season with the potential for a great harvest this year.  The Mulberry is now about 15 feet tall and has a huge amount of fruiting wood, just have to beat the birds to the berries.  The two American Persimmons and two Paw Paw's that were planted last year received extra attention and now have big "eye brows" (or berms) to help water to infiltrate the root zone and promote growth.  All plants were treated to a good weeding, scoops of mineral amendments, a generous heap of compost, and a layer of mulch.  

Elder's hanging with the Elderberries

Lunch and some cornhole

We took a break for lunch, played some cornhole and were treated to a talk about Native Edibles.  The majority of the plants here are native which is a testament to their success.  Natives are more resilient because they are locally adapted to the soil and climate of a particular bio-region.  Ramin then told the group about the signs being made by first graders at Francine Delaney New School just down the road.  They will be installed by club members and the students on March 1st at 1pm.  Tomas then gave a demonstration on how to properly split locust rounds into stakes, which will be used to hold the new signs.  
Tomas splitting  locust stakes for signs that were made by first graders at Francine Delaney

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Fig Magnolia Park front end fluff

Sunday, January 27th proved to be an amazing day for the fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes and fruiting vines located at the Fig Magnolia Park in Montford.   These plants received amazing TLC from the community.  A group of 25 fruit nuts spent the day freeing the root zones of all the plants of the dreaded bermuda triangle grass, amending them with "magic fairy dust" aka mineral amendments, applying a generous ring of compost, adding a fat layer of wood chips on top and finally giving them some pruning love.  All in all the trees thanked us with promises of a very productive year to come.
Diospyros virginiana,American Persimmon
var. John Rick 
Learning the Non-Patented "Front end Fluff"
 method of tree care.
Fluffing the Illinois Everbearing Mulberry,

Morus alba x rubra

roller-blader checking out the nut display

All present had the pleasure of laughing, playing, and getting to know each other a little better.  We learned about the value of building community while building the soil around the plantings.  We shared knowledge on how to organically maintain the health and vitality of edibles in the urban landscape. 

Hot Dogs in the foreground, jr. fruitnuts and Scott in the background

This is the stuff the fruit and nut club is made of, people.  Come on out and see for yourself this coming Saturday, February 9th at the West Asheville Park.  

All star Jr. Fruitnut's
Muscadine Grapes, Blueberries and Hardy Kiwi's!
Serviceberries looking great

North Asheville Tree Care Skill Share

A few weeks ago, on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, a group of 20 Fruit Nuts gathered at the Montford Recreation Center with one thing in mind......wheelbarrow race!  So after we got that out of our systems we began a fun filled day of learning and implementing the front end fluffing the mature edible planting at the center.  We built burms around the base of all the trees to catch rain water and direct it toward the root zone.  We followed that with a dose of magic fairy dust aka organic slow release nutrients that we forked into the ground around the trees to get it to the roots.  The trees also received a generous helping of the infamous "Eli Sludge" (anaerobically digested goat manure) and compost from Crowell Farms.  We then placed a layer of cardboard down to hold back any grass or weeds that were thinking about trying to take nutrients away from our trees.  On top of the cardboard we placed a generous helping of leaves that we gathered from around the site, followed by a heaping pile of every trees favorite thing MULCH!!

Compost Delivery!

Thank you to Asheville Greenworks and their group of volunteers for helping to load, deliver, and unload compost donated by Danny's Dumpster!