Many of you are aware of the practice of using cardboard and newspaper as organic mulch or an organic additive to your compost pile but did you know that shredded paper makes a great mulch around many of your vegetables. The purpose of mulch is threefold: to deter weed seed germination by preventing their exposure
One of our favorite seasons at the BELL is blackberry season. You may have heard about it from your neighbors. We have scores of families arriving to pick their own blackberries often with the kids clutching their Halloween baskets ready to be filled with healthy summer treats. Blackberries may be the most well known biennial
This is a question I get asked a lot. A LOT! Here in Nashville we average approximately 50-52 inches of rain annually, using 52 inches a year makes the math easier – 1” per week. May is traditionally our wettest month with an average of 5.5”, followed by November with 4.3” and December with 4.2”.
By Nancy Murphy, BELL Garden Manager: If you have heard the terms “determinate” and “indeterminate” in regard to tomatoes, what does that mean? In general, an indeterminate tomato plant is one that will produce fruit (the edible tomato) over an extended period of time. This allows the gardener to harvest fresh tomatoes all season long.
Spring is here and the stores are full of tomato plants ready to be picked up and plopped in the ground. But when is the best time to do that? The first thing to think about is that tomatoes are warm weather plants, so you don’t want to get them in the ground until after