Ask Ruth: Growing on a Slope

Ask Ruth: Growing on a Slope

From Charlie and Judith Prichard in Clyde, NC: Is it possible to grow a vegetable garden on a slope (+/- 25 degree) without terracing and creating flat areas? We were thinking of clearing but not leveling several smaller (100 sq ft) circular or keyhole gardens spaced...
Ask Ruth: Growing on a Slope

Ask Ruth: Wood Mulch

Share this post… From Dottie in North Carolina: I have a question about mulch and how long it should “age” before using it. We had a particularly hard winter and that means trees down, and the chippers going full times. My neighbor brought me a LARGE load...
Ask Ruth: Growing on a Slope

Ask Ruth: Controlling Ants

Dear Ruth, From Linda in Zirconia: Our small acreage (just under 4 acres) seems infested with all sizes and colors of ants. Since 2004, when we purchased theproperty, we have tried not to use chemicals on our lawn, forest or vegetables, but now the ants are about to...
Ask Ruth: Growing on a Slope

Ask Ruth: Slug Control

Dear Ruth, Since I moved to upstate South Carolina two years ago, something has been eating my seedlings. One day I have lettuce, carrot, basil, or broccoli seedlings just barely showing up through the soil, the next day they are all gone. Not a trace. Damping off and...
Ask Ruth: Growing on a Slope

Ask Ruth: Cover Cropping for Gardeners

Hi Ruth, Last fall I was introduced to the idea of cover crops and decided to try it. I had the soil tested in my raised beds and put a cover crop (a combination of oats, rye, hairy vetch, and a pea). A few weeks ago I cut the cover crop and covered the beds with...
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