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Martha Foley's perennials. Photo: Martha Foley
Martha Foley's perennials. Photo: Martha Foley

How to build a perennial garden

The catalog pages picturing masses of colorful perennial flowers can be exciting. But creating your own flower beds can be a daunting prospect. Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy shares strategies for building a perennial garden.  Go to full article
"Day-Neutral" strawberries give a longer harvest season. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035796924@N01/3654599083/">Wayne Surber</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
"Day-Neutral" strawberries give a longer harvest season. Photo: Wayne Surber, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Thinking ahead for strawberries

Strawberries are a good fruit crop for home gardeners to try, and now's the time to be thinking ahead and placing an order for young plants.

According to Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy, there's one key choice to make first: June-bearing? or day-neutral?

She tells Martha Foley June-bearing strawberries come in a rush at the beginning of summer. Day-neutral plant bear for most of the summer and into fall, but require more attention.  Go to full article
Illustration from a 1904 Burpee seed catalog. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/burpee/167767777/">Burpee Gardens</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Illustration from a 1904 Burpee seed catalog. Photo: Burpee Gardens, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tips for handling garden catalog-induced tempations

For most backyard gardeners it's still too early for serious seed shopping. But it doesn't hurt to look and plan. Just like weeds, those garden catalogs seem to multiply in the mail this time of year. They're fun to look at in mid-winter, but horticulturist Amy Ivy shares some advice on how to use those catalogs as tools for garden planning and landscaping ideas.  Go to full article
Christmas Cactus in bloom. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/skynoir/4160484800">Sky Noir</a>, Creative Commons, some roghts reserved
Christmas Cactus in bloom. Photo: Sky Noir, 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 recycling the Christmas tree.  Go to full article
Last chance for planting garlic bulbs. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34167928@N05/3583522970/">artefatia</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Last chance for planting garlic bulbs. Photo: artefatia, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Last call for fall garden chores

With a mix of snow and rain in the forecast this week, horticulturist Amy Ivy says this is really the last week for getting bulbs - garlic, tulip - in the ground this season. Amy also spoke with Todd Moe about putting the lawn to bed for the winter.  Go to full article
A perennial bed in August at the Vermont Visitor's Center. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29261037@N02/6067097438/">Paul Cooper</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A perennial bed in August at the Vermont Visitor's Center. Photo: Paul Cooper, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

A facelift in the late-summer perennial garden

Getting an early start on fall clean-up in the perennial beds depends on how much of a neat-freak you are. There's still lots of showy color in the coming weeks. Todd Moe talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about ways to make room for late-summer color in the flower garden.  Go to full article
After the beans and cukes have played out, a second cool weather planting of spinach or lettuce can extend the harvest season. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lealsf/3840602531">Lea LSF</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
After the beans and cukes have played out, a second cool weather planting of spinach or lettuce can extend the harvest season. Photo: Lea LSF, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Extending the growing season: transitioning to cool weather crops

This is the time of year when warm weather and cool weather begin to overlap. Transition time in the vegetable garden. Have you picked all the green beans? Pickled your cukes? Todd Moe talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about what to do with empty spaces in the garden. It's time to think about planting again -- with cool-season vegetables in mind.  Go to full article
Potato late blight lesion.  Photo: http://usablight.org/Jean Ristaino, NC State University.
Potato late blight lesion. Photo: http://usablight.org/Jean Ristaino, NC State University.

Late blight prevention and identification

The cloudy, rainy conditions last month were ideal for the spread of late blight spores. Late blight is a plant disease that attacks potatoes and tomatoes. It has not been confirmed in the North Country, but has been found on a tomato plant in Oneida County. Amy Ivy, horticulturist with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton and Essex Counties, says tomato and potato growers in the region should take action. There's no cure for inflected plants, but there are ways to prevent its spread.  Go to full article
Too cold to plant? Too wet? You can always do a little weeding. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiotsrun/4631495177/">Susy Morris</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Too cold to plant? Too wet? You can always do a little weeding. Photo: Susy Morris, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

A season of extremes (so far) in the garden

Over the weekend, folks were shoveling snow in the northern Adirondacks, and by Thursday it'll likely be shorts and sandals weather. What's a gardener to do when it's too wet, or cool, to start planting? Cornell Cooperative Horticulturist Amy Ivy says there's always weeding. She spoke with Todd Moe about assessing the garden during what is traditionally the start of serious gardening.  Go to full article
It's garden prep season.  Photo:  Todd Moe
It's garden prep season. Photo: Todd Moe

How to help your garden feed itself

Did you poke around your garden this weekend? As the snow melts, it's time to start thinking about spring cleaning in the lawn and garden. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says much of what you rake up could become beneficial mulch.  Go to full article

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