Rita's Blog

Benefits Of A Garden Trellis

Avoid the “Jungle” Garden Are your creeping sweet potato vines and sprawling cucumber plants taking over your garden and spilling out into the yard? When our clients start to compare their gardens to a jungle, we know it’s time to talk about trellises. Some fruits and vegetables benefit from being encouraged to climb as they grow. And it keeps your

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Three Pests In Lowcountry Summer Gardens

Tips to keep your garden organic It’s summer and you’ve enjoyed an abundant harvest of organic lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, berries and herbs. But as the Lowcountry heat and humidity increase, so do pests in Lowcountry summer gardens. However, now is not the time to slow down or relax your daily garden visits. In fact, your watchful eye in June will

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Cauliflower Harvest ~ Organic Lowcountry Grown Produce!

#1 Ready for Harvest! #2 Wait for it… #3 Head Harvested #4 Caullard Greens! For my cauliflower-growin’ peeps! One of the big mysteries in the garden is when • to • harvest. I recall watching the first head of lettuce I ever grew, wondering when to pick. Before I knew it, the head had bolted and was bitter as could

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Eat Local Challenge – 30 days Complete!

They say is takes 28 days to form a new habit.  It’s true – I can’t imagine eating any other way after this month of purchasing and preparing all local ingredients for my meals. Not only is it a joy to know exactly where and by whom my food was produced, knowing my dollars stay in my community and support

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Eat Local Challenge #1 – Food Procurement

April 1 started out a little dreary. I was behind in my food sourcing and found myself eating grits, eggs and greens for the first part of the day – not that I mind those, it’s actually a favorite, but I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from just yet… I was feeling food insecure! Luckily, Lowcountry Local First was

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Taking The Eat Local Challenge!

The month of April has arrived – part of the busiest season in our area for agriculturalists and gardeners alike – preparing the soil for planting, clearing the greenhouse of transplants and moving them to their permanent homes, gearing up for the farmers market, and feeling the buzz of go-go-go…the growing season is on! So why not add another challenge

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Rita’s Roots Backyard Harvest

Greetings! Our organic farming endeavors have taken a turn into your backyard! Rita’s Roots went from South Carolina, to Virginia and back to Charleston where we are settled for a good long while. Instead of plowing up a large tract of the Earth, we are running our business to help YOU – the homeowner and lover fresh produce – learn

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