Ask Tom: The Importance of Soil Testing

Ask Tom: The Importance of Soil Testing

Tom – How important are soil tests for organic farms? -Bill Bill – We take about twenty soil samples on our farm each year – ideally in late summer or early fall. In some ways soil samples are even more important for organic farmers because our supplements tend to...
Ask Tom: The Importance of Soil Testing

Ask Tom: Sowing Cold Weather Crops for Farmers

Tom– I am planning to plant some crops for fall and winter. How should I schedule my sowing? Thanks, — Perplexed Dear Perplexed – Fall is a great time for vegetable growing but many of us feel too burned out by the weeds and heat in July and August when the...
Ask Tom: The Importance of Soil Testing

Ask Tom: Tackling Tomato Blight

Dear OGS: We just started a farm in Haywood County. Tomatoes seem to do well here but I hear talk about tomato blight being a problem. What can I do to prevent it? Thanks – New Organic Grower   Dear Grower: Blight is probably the single biggest issue for organic...
Ask Tom: The Importance of Soil Testing

Ask Tom: Flea Beetles and Lettuce

Dear Tom, Help! Flea Beetles are eating my precious lettuces! -Barbara (NC) Barbara – The key to flea beetles is to outgrow them. I’ve never seen them on lettuce but they love cole crops and eggplant. The plants are usually most at risk when they are...
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