gardening


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 […]


BIU Backyard Gardener: Laura Webb

My family and I were very excited to have found a gardening support group in our area. We built a garden box a couple years back but didn’t find the opportunity to attempt to grow anything until last year. There were a few successes but we were not very confident in our efforts as many […]


BIU Backyard Gardener: Lorna 2

I applied for the grant last year, but was not accepted into the program.  I feel so blessed and grateful that I was accepted into the program this year.  Persistence truly does pay off.  I am so thankful that Lexy, Shae, Taylor, Sherri and others have so freely and generously shared their time, knowledge and […]


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 […]


4 Upcoming Events You Should Attend

Another cold snap has hit the region, but all of us gardeners and farmers are deep into fantasies of seedlings popping up from warmer spring temperatures. That being said, ’tis the season for agricultural conferences and workshops! Here are some great upcoming events that will kick start your growing season this year: 1. Friends of Ag […]