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43.7? Too cold. Amy says to wait for 50 degree (F) soil temperature before planting peas. Photo: <a href="">Stephen Cochran</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
43.7? Too cold. Amy says to wait for 50 degree (F) soil temperature before planting peas. Photo: Stephen Cochran, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

When it's right to plant peas

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?

Maybe, maybe not, says Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy. She tells Martha Foley there's an easy way to tell, and it isn't the calendar. Stick a thermometer two inches down in the soil and see what it says. If it isn't 50 degrees down there, it's still too early.

They also talk about ways to warm things up a little and coddle those early season plantings. Amy explains row covers, and says even just protecting new seedlings from the wind can help.  Go to full article

Signs of spring in the yard and garden

Winter can seem long; even snow and winter sports enthusiasts begin to yearn for open ground as the sun gets stronger and stronger in March. And gardeners can start to go a little stir-crazy. This past weekend, the weather gave eager folks a chance to get outdoors. It also prompted an early season to-do list when horticulturist Amy Ivy spoke with Martha Foley this morning.

(For info on School and Community Garden Training, a workshop for teachers and community gardeners, at St. Lawrence University March 30, call 315-267-3411)  Go to full article

Humans lend a hand to vegetable shapes

Vegetables sometimes grow into really freaky shapes. But what if you could make fruits and vegetables into just about any shape you wanted? Some avid gardeners come up with strange looking hybrids, but Julie Grant talked with a researcher who's taking the shape of produce to a whole new level.  Go to full article

Tips for Home Energy Conservation

Heating oil is projected to cost 27% this winter than last winter. Natural gas prices could increase 41%. That's according to latest statistics by the Energy Information Administration.

Jerry Loch gives energy savings workshops for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County. He told Gregory Warner that little things can make a big difference. Like knocking the thermostat down a few degrees.  Go to full article

Amy Ivy: Gardening After a Mild Dry Winter

Martha Foley talks with Amy Ivy about our mild dry winter and what it's doing to plants, trees and soil.  Go to full article

A Good Year for Army Worms

Conditions are just right this summer for the common army worm. Martha Foley talks with Cooperative Extension agronomist Pete Barney.  Go to full article

Summer Gardening - Interview with Amy Ivy

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about summer gardening  Go to full article

Farmers at the Start of the Growing Season

More on the start of the growing season — Cooperative Extension agronomist Pete Barney shares the farmers' perspective with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

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