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 keep the bulbs fresh and firm for months.
Jul 17, 2014 — Ripe berries and growing tomatoes may be the focus for most gardeners right now, but last week a different kind of flower bloomed in the garden outside of the NCPR in Canton.
A new sculpture stands about eight feet tall among the fragrant perennials in the EJ Noble medical Building's butterfly garden. It's topped with a yellow flower and a big, iron butterfly.
The garden has a small waterfall and is even in the shape of a butterfly. NCPR summer intern Natalie Dignam met with the creator of the garden, Cindy Quackenbush, and Barbara Beekman, who commissioned the new sculpture. Go to full article
Jul 14, 2014 — It's illegal to fertilize a lawn with phosporous in New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation sent a press release around last week with that reminder (more information on this here.
There are exceptions, dependent on a soil test. Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has lots of good information this week about that, and about fertilizers and fertilizing in general.
Top takeaways: don't fertilize your lawn till September anyway; do fertilize vegetables if they looked peaked; do fertilize flowers; don't fertilize woody herbs like thyme, sage and such; and as always, know your soil. Here's more information from Amy Ivy. Go to full article
Jul 07, 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.... Go to full article
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... Go to full article
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... Go to full article
Jun 09, 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,... Go to full article
Jun 02, 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... Go to full article
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... Go to full article