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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

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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

Mountain Explorer

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

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

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

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

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

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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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

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

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

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

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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

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Whose lawn is greener? If you ask Annie “Mossin’ Annie” Martin, it’s likely the one covered in moss. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Pumpkin Pie

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Everyone has his or her heart-fluttering produce. Spring enthusiasts get downright giddy at the first sign of strawberries. Summer lovers are prone to spontaneous happy dancing whenever watermelons make their debut. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

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Photo by Johnny Autry. Styled by Charlotte Autry

The nail polish was the last thing to go. For the better part of 14 years, I had moved five glass bottles of silver, emerald, ruby, cobalt, and onyx hues around with me. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Persimmons

Jim Casada photo

The unusual characteristics of the persimmon, along with its widespread presence in Southern Appalachia, have long made it a prime contender for mountain folklore and folkways. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

“Why he ain’t a professor; he’s just an old dirt dauber.” Several decades ago that’s how a woman known to locals as the “plant lady” described me to another customer who mentioned that I taught at the local university. more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Good Reads

Squash

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

The seed catalogs have been arriving in the mail. I tend to collect them, take them to bed with me, and peer at images of heirloom varieties and newly cultivated hybrids in the soft light of the bedside lamp that inspires garden dreams. more

Aug 8, 2014 2:40 PM Blog

we accept bbq

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Trading is not all fun and games and scrumptious cookies. Sometimes trading makes for awkward moments. For example, when someone is intensely interested in trading but there is not one thing in their entire booth that one wants. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM , Good Reads

Honeybee

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

I spent the first weekend in March rooting out knowledge at the Organic Growers School Conference. Despite its granola-sounding name, the conference is a welcoming place for even the most new and tender of gardeners. more

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM Blog

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Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Crescent Bend gardens

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Always one to jump at the opportunity to visit a garden, I was particularly pleased to learn that the director at Crescent Bend, a historic home located along the Tennessee River in Knoxville, postponed digging up the spring tulips. more

Oct 1, 2010 12:00 AM Departments

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