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Organic Pest Control: Part 2

This month’s theme is Organic Pest Management!  There are dozens of pests out there that want to munch on your veggies as much as you do!  However, not all bugs in your garden are bad.  In fact, most of the bugs you will see will either be neutral or even beneficial for your garden.  Before […]


Zucchini plant

Late June: What to Plant Now

While we just marked the Summer Solstice, it’s been scorching hot and extremely humid for weeks now in East TN.  Summer temps are usually with us by mid-May, so we are well into our summer growing season.  This means that many of the plants that you put in back in early May could be reaching […]


Organic Pest Control: Part 1

This month’s theme is Organic Pest Management!  There are dozens of pests out there that want to munch on your veggies as much as you do!  However, not all bugs in your garden are bad.  In fact, most of the bugs you will see will either be neutral or even beneficial for your garden.  Before […]


BIU Backyard Gardeners: Lisa Pattison

This is our first year with BIU, and the experience has been rewarding! My family has always experimented with backyard gardening, but over the decades and dozens of tomato plants and dreams of homegrown tomato bounty, we’ve yet to find a green thumb among us. This year, we decided to put more planning and education […]


Garden Blog with Lexy

Welcome to my garden!  I moved into my house in the Fall of 2012 and have been gardening here since the summer of 2014.  I started with three small raised beds and am now up to 13!  I keep eyeing the rest of my lawn, so it’s likely to keep expanding.   To build the […]


Garden To-Dos for March 6th

Welcome to the first edition of our weekly Gardening To-Dos Newsletter.  You can sign up to receive these weekly updates directly to your inbox by clicking here. We’ve had a very warm winter so far, so feel free to start direct sowing the following cold-hardy spring crops: Arugula  Fava beans  Peas  Lettuce  Spinach These crops […]


BIU Backyard Gardeners: The Lanes 1

As my family and I started this journey with Build It Up months ago, we had high hopes that it would catapult us into a lifestyle we had dreamed about for years. With little gardening experience, we knew we needed help if we were ever to make our backyard provide for our growing family. And […]


A Mamma and Her Son’s Garden

I’ve always loved fresh, locally grown veggies but never had the time or experience to garden in the past. Last October, my son and I were blessed to find, a home to buy and found ourselves with a beautiful lawn of rich soil begging to be cultivated – the perfect lawn for this long time […]