Ask Ruth: Scouting for Microclimates

Ask Ruth: Scouting for Microclimates

Dear Ruth, My fall garden has not done well. The lettuce is under row cover but it already looks awful at the end of November and the real winter has not even started yet. Thoughts? Michael J. Asheville, NC Dear Michael, Winter is an awesome time to take visual note...
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...
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