Feeding Your Plants

By |May 2nd, 2019|Build It Up East TN|

The 10 day forecast in East TN shows that night time temps are now consistently above 50F, so it’s now safe to plant your summer crops!  I get a lot of questions around this time of year about how much fertilizer is needed. While you might think this has a straightforward answer, I’d like to

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

BIU Alternative Center School Yard Gardeners

By |April 19th, 2017|Build It Up East TN|

My name is Sheri Cooper. Officially, I am the Employability and Transition Counselor for Science Hill High School and the Build It Up, East Tennessee Market Garden Coordinator; but, in reality, most people call me Cooper. My best days are filled with students and families learning and growing with the sweet opportunity of life. I