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Bumble bee on wingstem

Phyllis Stiles

Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, bee stings were a regular occurrence. Once stung, you knew the power of the bee, but for most of us, the pain and tears from a sting were a part of childhood. more

Sweet Appalachia

The Art of Spinach Germination

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It's time to gear up for the fall growing season. more

Mountain Explorer

When David Cooke started promoting a new program called Grow Appalachia to help people in Appalachian states and counties grow their own healthy produce, some residents were a bit skeptical. more

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Event honors North Carolina’s state reptile, the eastern box turtle. more

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Gardener's Corner

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Managing tomatoes for health and productivity more

Mountain Explorer

It is probably safe to say Dad had a green thumb although frost, sub-freezing temperatures, insects, rabbits and other vermin would—from time to time—result in his thumb being somewhat off color. more

Mountain Explorer

It’s art. It’s architecture. And it could be apples … or pears, or a variety of other fruit and ornamental trees. more

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You can add espalier to your own garden or landscape by planting a tree already trained by professionals, or you can try training one yourself. more

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Finding Fresh Crops Under Winter's Snow

Photo courtesy Carol Koury

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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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

Sweet Appalachia

Janette Carter

Photo by Larry Smith

The making of chow-chow involves far more than the blending of vinegar, vegetables, and spices. Canning this mysterious relish, made for generations in the Mountain South, signals change and ingenuity. 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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Sow True Seed

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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Sweet pickle relish

Meg Reilley

I am an “all purpose” lady. Which is to say that I most prefer those objects that serve a multitude of purposes. An item whose usefulness can be employed on a daily as opposed to occasional basis gets my vote. more

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