About Grow Sustainab-LEE

Joyce Skidmore is a volunteer for the Lee County Virginia Master Gardeners through the Lee County Extension Office. She has been a volunteer since 2019 and tries to serve her community well. In addition to the Grow Sustainab-LEE program, Joyce has also started the Lee County Free Heirloom Seed Library with the help of the Extension office. For more information on what the Lee County Master Gardeners have been up to, please visit their website at https://tinyurl.com/LeeMasterGardeners.

Mushroom Foraging in Southwest Virginia

By |September 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Fall is here and it is an excellent time to try your hand at foraging for mushrooms.  Grow Sustainab-LEE had guest speaker, Adam Boring, come in to talk to our participants about mushrooming in Southwest Virginia.  Adam is a Virginia Master Naturalist Volunteer with the High Knob chapter and he often does walks and talks

Harvest time and Season Extension

By |August 6th, 2022|Uncategorized|

It’s finally time to rake in the harvests!  July and August are some of the most prolific months for gardeners in our region.  All of our hard work is finally paying off in the form of tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and so much more. There are even jokes going around on the internet about making sure

Planting time for Grow Sustainab-LEE Participants

By |May 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|

It’s time!  If you haven’t started planting your zone 6b garden yet, the time has come and is quickly passing by.  Lee County has a last frost date of April 30th and first frost date of October 15th; this gives us a 167-day growing season here in Pennington Gap, Virginia.   According to https://www.ufseeds.com/zone-6-planting-calendar.html, “Zone 6

Garden while you can

By |April 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|

Garden while you can.  I don't mean to garden when the weather agrees with you.  What I mean is to take your families and friends and get your hands in the dirt while you are still young and able bodied.  Do this every chance you get because when you are young, gardening can seem like

Spring is on the way!

By |March 20th, 2022|Uncategorized|

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. --Ruth Stout And so it begins…We wake up each day with hope in our hearts that spring is back once again.  We see the flowers peeking out to bloom, despite the risk that winter’s last cold grasp will

Why We Should Use IPM

By |February 21st, 2022|Uncategorized|

A brand new Grow Appalachia gardening site is now officially operating!  Grow Sustainab-LEE from the Lee County Cooperative Extension Office is busy ordering seeds and tools to get this season started for our gardeners.  We had our very first meeting on February 17, 2022 and we are so honored to have been trusted with this


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