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Bamboo bad, BUT…

By |April 19th, 2022|Uncategorized|

It's interesting how badly you can hate a particular invasive species and yet still acknowledge its utility.  Such is the case with bamboo.  Bamboo can be categorized as clumping or running.  The clumping bamboos don't spread as widely, but they aren't very cold-tolerant and often can't survive our winters.  The running bamboos are another story

Garden and orchard transitions

By |March 19th, 2021|Wise County Extension|

Most of our growers are transitioning from tree fruits to vegetables at the moment.  Those who have apple and pear trees have done their grafting and pruning, and now they're thinking of the garden soil prep. In order to maintain safe numbers for our apple grafting this year, we broke that into four separate

Five things to include in a garden journal

By |October 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

A welcomed comment from one of our first-year participants recently concerned what the program meant to he and his wife: “It has taught us many things including discipline concerning recordkeeping.  We are so astonished by the harvest totals.  We would have never come close to guessing our amounts without the recordkeeping.”   They harvested over

Gifted garden

By |September 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

One thing that's always struck me about gardening in the mountains is how we tack names to our plants.  We connect the things we grow with the person who first introduced us to it, whether it's an apple or bean. When I lived in Kentucky, I would've had very little landscaping had it not been

Good start, but not without challenges

By |March 20th, 2020|Wise County Extension|

Good start, but not without challenges In Wise County, we had the goal of adding as many new Grow Appalachia growers as possible this year, especially from the towns of Coeburn and Appalachia.  We haven't seen a lot of participation from those towns in the past.  We had sign-ups and the Garden Planning

Wise County Extension Summer Intern Week 3

By |June 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

6.17.19 I plan on working Saturday, so I took a half day today. Used the morning to finish planning the dates and venues for my educational programs the rest of my 10 weeks here. After that I visited the home and garden of a Grow Wise participant to prepare for todays Grow Wise meeting.  

Summer Internship With Extension- Week 2

By |June 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Week 2 6.10.2019 Most of the morning was spent inside the office. I contacted a few people for some home garden visits for the afternoon. Went to two homes, the first garden was immaculate! The gardeners around this area really know what they are doing. She did however have trouble growing melons and wants to

Summer Internship – Week 1

By |June 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Hello Everyone! My name is Joslyn and this was my first week as the summer intern at the Wise County Extension office. I moved to Virginia in January 2019 after graduating from Michigan Technological University where I studied ecology and environmental sciences. I grew up in Manistee Michigan, with Lake Michigan never more than 10

Field Day

By |April 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

In April, we were able to take a group of our Market Growers to the Organic Crops Field Day at the East Tennessee Agricultural Research & Education Center in Knoxville.  To see organic production on that scale was impressive, and we learned that a substantial percentage of what's grown on the site is marketed via


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