Four Seasons of Gardening Conversations
Prepping the summer flower garden for more color08/18/14
(Aug 18, 2014) There's lots of activity in the vegetable garden this month, but horticulturist Amy Ivy turns her attention to flower beds this week.She told Todd Moe a summer cleanup in the annual and perennial gardens means more color later in the...
Lots and lots of healthy but unripe tomatoes
(Aug 11, 2014) It's been a good year for healthy tomatoes. Disease is scarce, plants are healthy and fruit is abundant.Just one problem?the long stretches of unseasonably cool weather has kept them from ripening. And more cool temperatures are in the...
Keeping ahead of the zucchini and other harvest tips
(Aug 4, 2014) The garden is now progressing faster than you can eat it. What to do with all that zucchini? When to harvest dried beans, when to plant cold season crops, what to do when the cucumbers poop out?Amy Ivy of Cooperative Extension of Clinton...
Japanese beetles!!? What to do!?
(Jul 28, 2014) Japanese beetles own a particular place in the gardener's journal. They are destructive. They come en masse. They are very hard to get rid of. So they are in that group of insect pests that is at the top of the dreaded-scourges list.And...
How to harvest and keep garlic
(Jul 21, 2014) Garlic is easy to plant, and doesn't usually require a whole lot of attention as it grows. It comes up, nice and green, first thing in the spring, like daffodils. Timing the harvest is trickier, though. And treating it right can help...
Beware the invasives; and small strawberries are good too!
(Jul 7, 2014) Right about now, the roadsides can look more like flower gardens than some gardens do. Wonderful abundant mixes of color, texture, height: all the qualities you look for. Driving the back roads is more of a pleasure than ever.But beware...
How to keep flower boxes and baskets looking their best
(Jun 30, 2014) It's hard for a gardener to complain about this stone-summer weather. Heat, sun, plus a little rain here and there are a great combination to kick plants into high gear for growth.But what can be all good for young tomato plants can be...
First the blooms, then the bugs
(Jun 16, 2014) Aren't the peonies lovely? And the first roses to bloom so pretty and fragrant? Along with the iris and the first day lilies, they give gardeners an early-summer shot of color and satisfaction after lots of hard work.They also attract...
Weeds, you say? Get 'em when they're little
(Jun 9, 2014) The tiniest weeds might just be you're most important job right now. It's like the old "pound of prevention" saying. You can deal with a million weeds in a very short time, if they're just tiny seedlings. Let them get bigger, and it...
Out with the bad: taking control of the perennial garden
(Jun 2, 2014) The first step can be the hardest when you've got a major Quackgrass infestation, or an "aggressive" perennial that's taking over. In Martha Foley's garden this spring, it was both. Sometimes you just have to dig everything up and start...
Plants need their space too
(May 19, 2014) It's tempting, all that nice open space in the garden. But as you plant the six packs of annuals, or divide and distribute the perennials, or arrange the rows of beets and carrots, be careful to plant things far enough apart....
Not quite prime time for tender transplants
(May 12, 2014) The calendar is a bit ahead of the weather this spring, and that means it's probably a good idea to proceed with caution in the garden.Mother's Day typically coincides with good weather for transplants, and garden centers and...
Kitchen compost: a gift for the garden
(May 5, 2014) Compost is a key ingredient to increasing the organic matter in garden soil. And now is a great time to add it as a layer in the garden to help nourish seeds and seedlings. Amy Ivy, horticulturist for Cornell Cooperative in Clinton and...
Spring wildflowers in nature and the garden
(Apr 28, 2014) A walk in the woods may seem like an optimistic activity during mud season. But early wildflowers are a sign of hope that a new season has begun. It's amazing to find spring flowers emerging just as the last snow melts, especially after...
When it's right to plant peas
(Apr 21, 2014) The sun is out. The air is warm. It's late April. The crocuses are up and the daffodils aren't far behind. So, time to plant some peas, and maybe some lettuce, right? Maybe, maybe not, says Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy. She tells...
Why does my lawn look like a giant ant farm?
(Apr 14, 2014) The spring thaw has finally reached dirt, revealing the winter damage underneath. On lawns, that could include dramatic networks of dirt-lined runways left under this winter's snow pack by voles.Voles work the surface, tunneling through...
It's time to prune fruit trees
(Mar 31, 2014) This is the best time of the season to prune your apple and other fruit trees. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has the best tips and how-to information to help insure good production. [full story]
Disease resistant seeds? What's that?
(Mar 24, 2014) It's a detail you don't want to miss, because planting "disease resistant" varieties of flower, fruits and vegetables could save a lot of heartache during the gardening season.But, Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy says,...
Your garden and the deep, deep cold
(Mar 17, 2014) Extreme cold nights this week are adding to concerns about how this cold, snowy and icy winter will affect how the yard and garden will grow this year. How deep is the frostline? Is the snow cover protecting perennials? Or is an icy...
Why rotate crops in your backyard garden?
(Mar 10, 2014) Just like big farms, the backyard garden can benefit from rotating vegetable crops. Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulturist Amy Ivy says small-scale crop rotation can minimize pests and disease and increase yields. Todd Moe spoke...
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