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Grow Summer Vegetables

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It does seem somewhat unfair that just as our beautiful ripe salad tomatoes start producing, our lettuce crop begins to bolt and the leaves turn bitter. Bolting is when the lettuce sends up a flower stalk. more

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Finding Fresh Crops Under Winter's Snow

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I recall a neighbor who had carrots and other hardy crops deep into the winter. The question is, how do they do that? more

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Cover crops grow large amounts of biomass above ground. This protects the soil, suppresses weed growth, and provides a homegrown mulch that can be cut in place to decompose and enrich the soil. more

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Seed Saving

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There are whole books devoted to the art and practice of seed saving, but this will give you a brief summary for tomato seeds, which happens to be one of the easiest places to start. more

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Tomatoes

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What is wrong with my tomatoes? Tomatoes are the beautiful, delicious, iconic garden crop, but with so many things that could be wrong with your tomatoes, it’s a wonderfully, and worryingly, huge question. more

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There are many seeds that we start indoors so that we can nurture the seedlings and small plants in controlled conditions. more

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Onions

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By incorporating more edible perennials into your garden, you can reduce the need for tilling, sowing and starting seeds, and the challenges of caring for young plants. more

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Chris Smith, the community coordinator of Sow True Seed, takes a look at what you can grow in the winter. more

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Purple Coneflower

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I hold the firm belief that while a natural green thumb can come in handy, it is the willingness to get dirty hands that is the superior characteristic of a successful gardener. more

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Kale until Christmas

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Chris Smith, the community coordinator of Sow True Seed—an Asheville-based company that specializes in open-pollinated, heirloom, and organic seeds—answers gardening questions in each issue of Smoky Mountain Living. more

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Last year I spent at least 15 minutes every morning squishing yellow Mexican bean beetles, feeling worried about karmic ramifications, and still losing all the leaves on my bean plants. more

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Chris Smith, the community coordinator of Sow True Seed—an Asheville-based company that specializes in open-pollinated, heirloom, and organic seeds—answers common spring gardening questions in this new regular column for Smoky Mountain Living. more

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