As of July 20, there are still about 87 frost free days left. I was surprised when I saw the LONG list of crops you can still plant now and get a crop before fall. If you’d like to plant a row for the hungry-there is definitely plenty of time! It might be faster to[…]
We talked about using the broad fork for bed preparation in our “Grow More Vegetable” classes. Here are some pictures I took last spring. Mid to late March is the time to start planting peas, spinach, kale, carrots and cabbage outside. The row cover is handy in case we get a cold snap. The large[…]
Here’s a review of some of the information we just covered in our Pest, Disease and Fertility workshop Saturday February the 23rd. We discussed soil testing, understanding what the results mean and using the calculator to change the recommendations given in pounds per acre to whatever size your garden might be. There’s still time to[…]
Seed catalog are filling the mailbox and it’s time to start planning what to grow this year. This is an interactive vegetable growing workshop for all skill levels. We’ll meet at the Grayson LandCare/IFM office at 108 Courthouse Street, Saturday January 26th from 9 am to noon. Cost is $10 and light refreshments will be[…]
It’s prime harvest season and the bugs are hungry too! Growing organically requires that we catch a problem before it gets out of hand. Healthy plants tend to be more pest resistant. Also, if you can remove a leaf covered with eggs or pull 1 diseased plant, it can save you lots of headaches in[…]
Are your plants looking a bit yellow? Crops are producing heavily right now and can use a boost of fertilizer. A foliar spray is a quick fix while side dressing with a basic fertilizer will provide longer term nutrients for the rest of the growing season. There are 80+ frost free days left. That’s still[…]
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[…]
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).