Appalachia Gardening

Getting Ready For The Garden

Spring gardening in wnc

The Blind Pig Family put the beautiful weekend weather to good use. We managed to get most of our garden preparation completed.

Using a greenhouse in appalachia

The greenhouse is all cleaned up and ready for the seedlings that will soon inhabit it’s sunny location.

Cutting trees that shade the garden

The Deer Hunter cut down a few trees that had grown to the point of shading the garden and tilled up the garden patch.

Preparing the soil for gardening 2015

We enlarged the long garden bed we made a few summers ago. The girls don’t use the yard for playing these days and The Deer Hunter says the more we grow the less he has to mow. I have a feeling some other areas of the yard will soon be turned into garden patches too.

We checked on all the fruit trees, bushes, and vines. My Plum tree is blooming and the Apple trees are only a few days away from being in full bloom. The cold spell coming at the end of the week has me worried about both.

I gathered 6 or 7 rooted blueberry sprigs from around my bushes and got those started in another part of the yard.

Cleaning out flower beds

We even managed to get all the flower beds cleaned out and spruced up as well as plant some spring veggie’s courtesy of Sow True Seed. Drop back by in a few days and I’ll tell you what we planted.


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    March 29, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Thank you for the comment! Ive heard human hair works to keep the deer out and of course tall fences. A holler full of dogs seems to do the trick for us : )
    Have a great week!
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    March 28, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Oh I do admire that long, clean garden bed!

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    Lorraine A.
    March 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Tipper, I would love the planting calender.We have the same planting zone also so it would come in very handy for us.My plums have just now started blooming and my apple trees are just started waking up from their long winters sleep.My taters are planted and after this next cold snap,I will plant some more strawberries along with other veggies.What do you know about how to keep deer out of your garden(minus your own deer hunter).What has worked best?

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    March 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Oh yes, calendar please. We recently moved to East Tennessee (only 7 miles from N.C.) and can use the help!
    Plus even if we were still in Ohio, it is interesting.

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    Eleanor L.
    March 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Oh Tipper, your garden preparation is coming along beautifully. Here in northern Ohio not much has been done outdoors. I’ve worked in the yard two days, but most days have been way too cold. I’ve not seen many others out there either. But our Lord will give us warmer days soon.

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    March 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Tipper, The calendar would be a great help to me as we’re readjusting from the Georgia growing season to the one in Eastern Kentucky. We’re getting ready to till the garden-patch as soon as it dries up a bit more and as soon as I can rebuild the starter on the tractor. The parts came yesterday..

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    March 24, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Did you know that yesterday was
    National Dog Day? A person’s BEST
    friend! Folks could bring their
    dog to work if it was OK, and on
    the Fox News Channel, they talked
    about all the benefits of taking
    care of a dog. Mine is well-behaved
    and I take him with me alot cause
    he loves to ride…Ken

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    March 24, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I like the calendar for planting
    and have done very well with it.
    However, sometimes due to the rain or illness, you just have to plant when you can. I wish I had the energy of you and the Deer Hunter,
    you all seem to always lead the
    way. But I keep forgetting that
    both of you are around the ages of my girls. Gosh, that means I’m
    getting older! …Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    March 24, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I do remember the Blind Pig calendars and wondered why they went away. I for one would like them back!

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    March 24, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Yes, the calendar is great. Your family makes me recall the days when our family would get into the spring planting mode. Fortunately, I still have the wonderful memory of watching a big plow horse turn the soil–this was hired by a man who made his money in the spring plowing with a horse. Now that I think about it was perfect for some of the steep uneven hillsides. Hillsides can be challenging, but our hillsides seemed to grow the biggest best potatoes I have ever seen. We would set out hundreds of tomatoes with no dirt on the root–they always did excellent. The rows of beans and corn went on forever.
    Blight and deer have become a problem here now. I never plant beets anymore, as it seems to draw the deer. I have not forgotten that terrible tomato blight we had a few years ago, and I search diligently for tomatoes that are blight resistant, and for those beauties that are not I search Lowes for blight spray.
    Tipper, you have such a neat approach to gardening, and I love your pictures. I am so pleased you have that nice plant nursery. Please keep us posted.

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    March 24, 2015 at 11:04 am

    That looks like a good tater patch where it will drain off well, or is it a garden bed to raise plants to transplant?
    Makes me want to start a garden in N.C. Taters and green peas should have already been planted right?

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    Linda Lane
    March 24, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Tipper is your planting calendar the one by signs?
    If it is that would be a very good thing.
    I have a calendar that has some signs and I was lucky enough again this year to get one.
    They are most helpful.
    Thank you so very kindly!
    Linda Lane

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    March 24, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I’m trying to get in the mood to do some gardening, but this cold weather won’t let me. Someone sent me instructions for making a bean trellis out of bicycle wheels. I ordered some Trail Of Tears and yard long bean seeds that are heavy runners and will need the support of a trellis. The wheels are hard to come by with everyone recycling these days. Maybe I can find some bikes at yard sales before planting time. That’s about all the garden planning I have done this year.

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    March 24, 2015 at 8:47 am

    It hardly seems like it is time to start planting. The coldness of your winter makes me be surprised that it’s that season. For those who follow your calendar, it might be a good idea. I don’t have the land nor the ability to plant such a wonderful garden. I do, however, enjoy reading about your successes and those that didn’t quite produce.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 24, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Tip I love spring at your house. When I came by Saturday your kitchen table was covered with Sow True seeds as you were planning your garden for the year. It was like each package was a different flower and the table was in full bloom. You and the Deer Hunter are the happiest when you have your hands in the dirt. It’s a joy to behold!

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    March 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Great job! Great effort, Tipper!
    Seems crab grass is our greatest concern in our lawn. We just grow tomatoes and strawberries – nothing compared to your beautiful site!
    Eva Nell

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