Ask Ruth: Fall Gardening in WNC

Ask Ruth: Fall Gardening in WNC

Dear Ruth, I just moved here. I want to plant a fall garden, but I’m not sure where to start. Can you grow much around here in fall? Looking for Inspiration in Weaverville   Dear Inspired, You can grow a lot around here in fall and even into winter. Fall gardens...
Ask Ruth: Fall Gardening in WNC

Ask Ruth: Cutworms & Septic Fields

Dear Ruth, For the first time in several years of successful raised bed gardening, my small chard plants (from seed) are being chopped off at the soil line. Is the damage due to cutworms? How can I avoid and get rid of these pests? Should I replant? I don’t have...
Organic Pest Control

Organic Pest Control

Sometimes, it can feel like you spend as much time defending your garden as you do growing your garden. It can be exhausting and, at times, overwhelming, but there are ways to limit and even prevent pest damage that are both effective and organic. Click through the...
Understanding Soil pH

Understanding Soil pH

pH is a measure of the relative acidity or alkalinity. Soil pH is a big deal when gardening, as the relative pH affects the availability of ALL the plant nutrients. Good soil for vegetable and flower gardening has a pH between 6.5-7 (relatively neutral). Here is how...
Container Gardening

Container Gardening

If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own food but felt strapped for space and sunlight, container gardening could be a great option for you. In most aspects, it’s the same as gardening right in the ground, but you’ll need to think creatively, and consider a few extra...
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