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Proper Soil Moisture

Moldy mildew on a plant.

Typically, soil moisture is out of our control, unless growing crops in a high tunnel or greenhouse. In a perfect gardening world, it would rain as often as the crops need watered but that’s not always the case. Too much water can cause leaching of nutrients and diseases, and not enough water will result in a small harvest or plant death.

Become an Extension Master Gardener This Fall

gardening tools on top of soil.

WVU Extension Service Master Gardener training is typically offered through in-person courses organized by WVU Extension Service offices around the state. Due to the persistent risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified how we will work with our clientele through the fall. WVU Extension Service will continue offering online Master Gardener training classes for the fall, beginning on August 20, 2020.

Heritage Beans

Heritage beans climbing twine.

Beans have been grown in home gardens for years. In fact, beans have a richer genetic diversity in Appalachia than anywhere else in the world.

Heirloom Tomatoes

A large heirloom tomato growing on the vine.

The most popular garden crop has always been the tomato. And, heritage tomatoes are ingrained in West Virginia’s history.

Growing Brambles

Unripe and ripe blackberry brambles growing.

Growing heritage brambles may seem daunting, but with a little pruning knowledge, it can be easy.  Raspberries, blackberries and all their relatives make for tasty, summer treats.

Maintaining a Healthy Soil

A person gets ready to till and turn-over soil.

Soil health is crucial to the health and yield of your garden. Before planting, it’s recommended to have your soil analyzed for nutrients and pH to ensure optimum plant growth.