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.
Plan to join us Saturday April 1st from 10 am to 2 pm for a potluck lunch and a hands on raised bed workshop for all skill levels at the Grayson National Bank conference center in the Gywnn shopping center next to FoodCity . We’ll talk about planting dates, spacing, interplanting and succession plantings. Using[…]
Rick and Jen loaned me their broad fork so I could get a few garden beds ready for early spring crops. It’s time to start planting peas, spinach, kale, carrots and cabbage outside. The row cover is handy in case we get another cold snap. The large bed rake is great for both forming and[…]
Suzanne Slack, regional horticulture extension agent will discuss strategies for organic control of pests and diseases of vegetable crops Friday February 26th from 1-2:30 pm at the Grayson County Library meeting room. The library is located at 147 S Independence Ave, Independence, Virginia 24348 Come at noon if you’d like to join us for a potluck[…]