Our gardens are finally in full swing and plants, especially tomatoes, can become unruly. What to do? That’s where pruning and trellising come in. We demonstrated some of these techniques on Farm Day, but here’s a refresher. Suckering tomatoes can be beneficial for increasing air flow and to direct energy towards fruit set. If the[…]
Have you ever wondered how Rick and Jen grow such amazing produce? Farm Day is your chance to learn all about how they do things at Wagon Wheel Farm. We’ll show you how to bend hoops in case you want to experiment with growing in a tunnel. It won’t be as large as theirs, but[…]
So you sent off your representative soil sample(s) to Virginia Tech and have received your results. My test results for the high tunnel told me I needed to add all of the major nutrients-N, P, and K as well as lime. N is nitrogen which primarily promotes healthy leaves. P is phosphorus for good roots,[…]
There is still time to test your soil before planting time. Instructions and boxes are free from the Extension Service. They recently moved to the Gate Center. It’s at the end of Courthouse street, just down from our office. Taking soil samples is easy. The main concern is that you take a “representative” sample. That means[…]
Saving your own seed allows you to select plants that meet your needs. You can choose for size, color, taste or growth patterns. Save money! Seed prices seem to rise every year. While you will probably not save everything that you need, or want, you can save a few varieties every year to ensure that you’ll always have seed. Some cultivars seem to disappear from the catalogs every year, to be replaced by hybrids or patented plants. As long as someone is growing a variety, and saving the seed, the genetics are somewhat safe.
Thanks to Don and Michelle Pridgen for this resource. The fertilizer calculator helps growers determine how much Lime, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, or Potassium to apply to the land based on soil tests. It features Harmony Organic Fertilizer, available from Seven Springs Farm in Check, VA (just outside of Floyd, VA).
Did you miss our raised bed workshop this spring? Here’s your chance to join us Saturday, November 11th from 9 am to noon for a hands-on raised bed workshop for all skill levels at the Grayson LandCare/IFM office at 108 Courthouse Street. Cost is $10 and light refreshments will be served.