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 the first big wave of pests, including some of the most frustrating and difficult to deal with: rose chafers, flea beetles, and potato beetles. Brace yourself, as she so often does, cooperative extension's Amy Ivy says hand picking is the best remedy for the rose chafers and potato bugs.
No pesticides for rose chafers, because they attack the flower's blooms, and to dose the bloom would kill the bees and other valuable pollinators. And potato beetles? It's just more efficient to squish the eggs before they hatch on the underside of the leaves. Go to full article
Jun 12, 2014 — A project giving a large piece of the North Country's cultural heritage new life is gaining larger recognition. A TV documentary about Adirondack song collector Marjorie Lansing Porter has won a New England Emmy.
Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector, was produced by Mountain Lake PBS as part of a regional project spearheaded by TAUNY - Traditional Arts in Upstate New York. Go to full article
Jun 05, 2014 — Jody Gangloff-Kaufman is an entomologist with the state Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University. Her office is on Long Island, where the tick population and the risk of lyme disease is very high.
The Adirondacks may be the only part of the North Country where risk of the lyme disease deer ticks carry is still low. Otherwise, she says, the more deer in an area, the more deer ticks. And deer love agricultural areas, cornfields and alfalfa. She says they, and the ticks they carry, are common in the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys, "the regions all around the mountains, really, have heavy deer populations and certainly have high incidence of lyme disease." Go to full article
May 30, 2014 — MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Top officials with several Vermont state agencies say they are ready to collaborate on efforts to clean up phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.... Go to full article
May 26, 2014 — Fort Ticonderoga is "America's fort" perched on the New York side of Lake Champlain, it was instrumental in the American Revolution and other early wars. Now, it's a... Go to full article
May 09, 2014 — SHOREHAM, Vt. (AP) Critics and supporters of a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through parts of western Vermont to New York are voicing their opinions... Go to full article
May 08, 2014 — Railroads will have to tell emergency responders when and where shipments of crude oil are traveling on the rails. That's according to a new order the U.S. Department of... Go to full article
May 02, 2014 — Last year's deadly train explosion in Quebec put the potential dangers of so-called "oil trains" in the headlines. Trains now carry 160,000 barrels of crude oil from the... Go to full article
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? ... Go to full article