Ask Ruth: Winter Cover Crops

Ask Ruth: Winter Cover Crops

Hello Ruth, I live in East TN and will be digging sweet potatoes in my home garden by the first frost which usually comes in the third week in October. The sweet potatoes are in a 500 square foot area. I am new to cover cropping and have experimented with oats,...
Organic Disease Control

Organic Disease Control

Share this post… Western North Carolina is classified as a temperate rainforest ecosystem. Most people are surprised to hear this, but not organic gardeners. With our fair share of diseases affecting every plant you can imagine, organic gardeners often feel like we’re...
Ask Ruth: Why is my Fruit Dropping?

Ask Ruth: Why is my Fruit Dropping?

Dear Ruth, This is the second year my fruit trees (plum, peach,) have produced bumper crops of fruit and shed every piece of it on the ground. By July there is not one piece of fruit on the tree. Can you help me figure out what is happening? Last year the apple tree...
Ask Ruth: Rust on Apple Trees

Ask Ruth: Rust on Apple Trees

Hi Ruth, It looks like we have some sort of orange fungus growing on our apple trees. What is the best way to fight this while keeping our apple trees organic? Thank you, Beth   Dear Beth, The orange spots on your apple trees are a type of rust. Apples are susceptible...