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,...
The Buzz

The Buzz

  Bees are the main pollinators of most of the food we eat, and The US Department of Agriculture estimates that there will not be enough bees to pollinate the blueberry, avocado, and apple crops this season. Have you heard that one of the main causes of our bee...
Ask Ruth: Beneficial Insects

Ask Ruth: Beneficial Insects

Dear Ruth, In the latest issue of the Organic Growers School newsletter, you recommend planting flowers to attract parasitic wasps and flies for the control of harlequin bugs.  Can you offer any advice on what the maximum effective distance should be between your...
Ask Ruth: Japanese Beetles

Ask Ruth: Japanese Beetles

Dear Ruth, This is my second year at gardening and I am wondering what to do about Japanese Beetles. Last fall I lay down the milky spore and that has seemed to help some. I spray with a soap/oil solution, sanafad?…pick them off. They are devouring everything....
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...

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