Urban Raleigh has always been home to a robust gardening tradition dating back to at
least 1872 when Residences on Hillsboro Street were indistinguishable from miniature
farms with outbuildings, orchards and crops growing in the middle of downtown.
In the (now occupied) former vacant lot at the intersection of Clark and Brooks Ave,
(across from NCSU) a prolific two acre garden in the 1980’s produced vegetables in
nearly truck farm quantities.
Of course, always remember and never forget WPTF 680’s classic Saturday morning
radio staple: THE WEEKEND GARDENER (CLICK THIS LINK)
And, in addition, for the past five years Raleigh has also been blessed with the
presence of a free print publication: TRIANGLE GARDENER CLICK THIS LINK
Nowadays Raleigh has families who manage to cultivate Kiwi CLICK LINK within a few
hundred yards of the beltline; grape arbors, corn and snap beans grow
in North Raleigh, and there is even a spectacular complete front yard garden in
a quiet cul-de-sac within a stone’s throw of North Hills Shopping Mall.
Hayes Barton Methodist Church sponsors a Mustard Seed Project Garden to feed the hungry.
These efforts have been joined by a new acre size garden on Blount Street
run by the Raleigh City Farm Co-op. CLICK LINK HERE
After little over a year they are able to supply local restaurants with a
steady source of fresh produce.
Update 11/15/15: This year I can even add my own minor effort with sweet potatoes
in a 4×4 raised bed made from recycled deck boards.