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Photo: Lynn Karlin
Photo: Lynn Karlin

Starting seeds indoors: lots of options for onion lovers

Most gardeners probably started out growing onions from sets, which are small, immature onion bulbs. They're easy to grow that way. But horticulturist Amy Ivy says growing from seed lets gardeners pick varieties to suit their own needs or whims. Todd Moe spoke with Amy for some tips about growing onions from seeds, sets and seedlings.  Go to full article
Late blight on a tomato. Photo: Kirsten Jennings via flickr, some rights reserved.
Late blight on a tomato. Photo: Kirsten Jennings via flickr, some rights reserved.

An update on late blight and keeping perennial beds neat

Late blight was recently confirmed in a few more upstate counties. Todd Moe talks with Amy Ivy, Executive Director/Horticulture Educator at cooperative extension in Clinton and Essex counties, about tips for dealing with the tomato disease. Amy also has some ideas for late-summer perennial garden maintenance.  Go to full article
Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)  photo: Will Cook
Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) photo: Will Cook

Garden spider is intimidating, but a friend to gardeners

One of the largest and brightest spiders found in and around gardens in the North Country is the garden spider, also known as the black-and-yellow spider. They're big and kind of intimidating, but horticulturist Amy Ivy says they are harmless to humans and helpful to gardeners. She spoke with Todd Moe about garden variety spiders.  Go to full article
Hanging baskets. Source: http://www.freefoto.com
Hanging baskets. Source: http://www.freefoto.com

Keeping those hanging flower baskets so colorful

Sunday is Mothers' Day, and maybe you're thinking of one of those hanging flower baskets as a gift. Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips for buying and maintaining the "wow" factor for hanging flower baskets.  Go to full article

The challenge of growing fruit

The North Country climate isn't great for fruit trees. There are lots of apple orchards on Lake Champlain, particularly, but insuring a good apple harvest can be a challenge for the home gardener.

Cornell Cooperative extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on other crops for home-grown fruit: berries.  Go to full article

USDA releases new gardening zone map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map. It's an update of a useful tool for gardeners. Clinton and Essex County Cornell Cooperative Extension Service Horticulturist Amy Ivy says it's a "great piece of the gardening puzzle" in the North Country, but not the whole story. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Dealing with garden leftovers

With the growing season winding down, some gardeners have already begun garden cleanup chores. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips on composting and ideas for building a proper compost bin.  Go to full article
<em>Popillia japonica</em>, commonly known as the Japanese Beetle. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Popillia japonica, commonly known as the Japanese Beetle. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Midsummer stresses for the garden, and the gardener

The string of sunny summer weather has been fine for beaches and barbecues. But the dry spell, punctuated by spotty, drenching rains, has been tough on the vegetable patch. Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley about blossom end rot on tomatoes and peppers, and confront the realities of japanese beetles.  Go to full article

Strategies for dealing with midsummer weeds

Before you declare all-out war on weeds this summer, horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips for the best ways to deal with them. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Making space in the garden

Just like weeding, thinning the vegetable or perennial garden reduces stress on plants. Thinning creates more space and a healthier environment for plants to grow. Horticulturist Amy Ivy, with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex counties, gives Todd Moe a gardener "pep talk".  Go to full article

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