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Home heating systems can make it hard to provide humidity for houseplants in winter. Photo: <a href="">spaceamoeba</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Home heating systems can make it hard to provide humidity for houseplants in winter. Photo: spaceamoeba, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Keeping houseplants healthy in harsh winter conditions

With the bitter cold outside, the heat will be turned up inside the house. That means dryer air will be rising right towards the houseplants on the windowsill. It's tough times for those houseplants.

Martha Foley discusses options with Amy Ivy, horticulturist with Cornell Cooperative Extension Service of Clinton and Essex Counties.  Go to full article
Potatoes rising. Photo: Ellen Rocco

Planning for potatoes

It isn't the growing season yet in the North Country, not by a long shot, but it is planning time. Catalogs for seeds, gardening supplies and gadgets are the first signs of spring in many households. The potential looks limitless...and overwhelming.

Amy Ivy, horticulturist with Cooperative Extension, shares a fun idea for a summer project that can work even for non-gardeners: potatoes.  Go to full article
Red wigglers raised on coffee grounds and other kitchen scraps. Photo: <a href="">Marc Tyler</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Welcome the red wrigglers for indoor composting

Worms? In your kitchen? Eeeew! But wait... Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley a little bin of red wigglers under your sink (or, in her case, your desk) makes a great project for kids, as well as a supply of compost for houseplants and garden.

True, it's a small-scale operation probably not suited to handling all your vegetable-y food waste, but still, she says it's fun, and NOT smelly.  Go to full article
Christmas Cactus in bloom. Photo: <a href="">Sky Noir</a>, Creative Commons, some roghts reserved

Keeping holiday greenery happy

Did you get a plant as a gift for the holidays? Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some winter indoor plant care tips for poinsettias, Christmas cactus, cyclamens, and ideas for...  Go to full article
Ice storm, December 2013. Photo by Mark Kurtz

What to do for ice-covered trees

Trees and shrubs are bent and broken under the weight of the icy mix of rain, sleet and snow that fell over the weekend. So the topic of today's yard and garden conversation...  Go to full article
Two kinds of bird feeders, with shelter. Photo by Hank Hoffman, who lives in Ottawa. He says Phoenix the cat is is indoors-only and enjoys watching them both. And don't get him started on the squirrels.

Feeding the birds, for them and for you

The days are short. It's really cold. And now the landscape is snow-covered, all across the North Country.

Ideal conditions for feeding the birds. And there are...  Go to full article
Christmas tree farm. Photo: <a href="">Melissa</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Yes, you can enjoy a Christmas tree, guilt-free

Just in case you're feeling guilty about cutting a tree for Christmas, or buying a cut tree, or if you just feel bad when you see all those formerly live trees, Amy...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Sarah</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Do trees and shrubs suffer from the cold and wind?

A winter storm watch is posted for this week, on top of a windy, cold few days. Storm windows and extra layers help us humans, but what about our trees and shrubs?
...  Go to full article
Don't forget to water your fall plantings. Photo: <a href="">Sarah Horrigan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Odds and ends in the garden

Most of us backyard gardeners have probably turned our energy to annual jobs like putting up storm windows and bringing in firewood. But there are still odds and ends of...  Go to full article
Roseanne Gallagher, with chickens. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Certified naturally grown: an organic alternative

It can be expensive and time-consuming for farmers, especially small farmers, to go through the organic certification process. But there's another option. It's called...  Go to full article

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