garden


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 […]


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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 […]


Build It Up Backyard Gardeners: Shaye Bright & family 1

We began our gardening career this year as complete gardening newbies. My experience with plants was limited to the sad little containers of basil and aloe that sat in my kitchen window sill. Although my husband and I had both grown up with lots of fresh veggies from our grandparents’ gardens, we had never taken […]


Sowing Seeds Kids Connect Food & Nutrition

This week at our Sowing Seeds program, two of the Nutrition intern Teachers joined us to share a presentation on healthy food choices and balancing their meal plate with different food groups. After sharing their lesson and engaging children in the topic of healthy food choices, they played several games to explore the topics further– […]


Fall Is Here, Still We’re Sowing Seeds

Build It Up East TN— Still Planting Seed Build It Up’s work continues, even as the food-growing season slows. Our most recent grant from the Washington County Community Foundation has supported us in expanding and starting up new programming that we feel is important to growing a culture of local foods literacy and commitment— to buying […]


BIU Backyard Gardeners: the Giebners 1

  Our first summer in Tennessee has been quite the adventure! We had planned and planted several gardens over the last few years, yet never felt that our plants were successfully producing enough fruits, or even reaching maturity before being infested with pests. Initially, we applied to Build It Up East Tennessee to meet new […]