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[…]
Join us this week at the Kid’s Corner from 10-11 am to plant in old shoes! We’re always looking for ways to teach kids to re-use old items. What better way to impart this lesson by using old, worn out shoes for planting new plants! It looks pretty cool too! Bring your old shoes for[…]
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[…]
Join us Sunday May 27th from 2- 5 pm at Wagon Wheel Farm, 1132 Gold Hill Rd, Independence VA for an afternoon of hands-on activities. See and try out some of the best market garden tools. If you’ve taken our “Grow More Vegetables” class, you’ll see those spacings and planting ideas in the ground and[…]
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,[…]
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.