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Planting by the Soil Temps

By |March 12th, 2019|Build It Up East TN|

I get a lot of questions this time of year, generally consisting of, “Can I plant X right now?”  The air is feeling a little warmer and on days when the sun manages to shine, spring fever starts to rage in the hearts and minds of every gardener I know.  The air temperatures may be

Organic Disease Control for a Wet Spring

By |June 1st, 2018|Build It Up East TN|

If you didn't know, many parts of Central Appalachia are in a temperate rain forest, which means we're trying to grow plants in a very humid environment with lots of rainfall.  Our warm, wet summers encourage the growth of all kinds of plant diseases, especially fungi.  In organic gardening, we have very few options for

Interpreting Soil Test Results

By |May 3rd, 2018|Build It Up East TN|

Soil Testing is very useful for understanding what nutrients are missing from your garden.  However, the fertilizer recommendations coming from your local Extension Office are often given using Conventional fertilizer.  Since this is an Organic Gardening program, we’d prefer if you didn’t use chemical fertilizers on your garden! How to Interpret Results Let’s say they

Garden Planning 101

By |March 2nd, 2018|Build It Up East TN|

A sample garden diagram from our workshop As an educator, I am always trying to come up with better ways of teaching my new gardeners.  Especially when they are starting the program with zero gardening experience, it can be overwhelming to know where to start with their gardens.  With the first Planning a

Dwarf Tomato Varieties

By |February 1st, 2016|Build It Up East TN|

Lexy again, double trouble with the blog posts tonight...I am apparently the person in my family that you can buy gardening books for Christmas and know I'll be a happy camper. My Aunt got me Craig LeHoullier's new book, Epic Tomatoes. Obviously, a great choice! Loads of beautiful pictures, variety descriptions, and info on growing