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This can be a good time to work a little extra compost into the garden to enrich soil exhausted by the growing season. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethness/10544820835/">beth h</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This can be a good time to work a little extra compost into the garden to enrich soil exhausted by the growing season. Photo: beth h, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Giving the flower beds a boost this fall

It seems like there's always a list of garden chores. It's peak harvest season for vegetables, but if you're a flower enthusiast horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips on applying compost to the perennial beds this season.

Spring is a busy time in the garden, so Todd Moe spoke with Amy Ivy about using compost this fall to reinvigorate the soil, and maybe consider dividing and rearranging some plants to give the garden a new, healthier look next spring.  Go to full article
Ken Parker with a Kentucky coffeetree, native to the Seneca territory. Photo provded by Ken Parker.
Ken Parker with a Kentucky coffeetree, native to the Seneca territory. Photo provded by Ken Parker.

Seneca Nation commits to native plant landscaping

The Seneca Nation in western New York has a new policy regarding landscaping on tribal government property. It's committing to native plants only.

"All our future plantings in our public buildings around the territory we will commit to local, indigenous plants of western New York, plants important to the Seneca people," says Ken Parker, horticultural consultant for the Seneca Nation. "And we will no longer plant and introduce to the territory Eurasian plant species."

Parker has been in the nursery business for 25 years. After living in Canada for a while, he returned to Seneca territory and wondered why there were Norway maples instead of sugar maples. He also questioned at a Nation meeting why a new traffic circle was being landscaped with Dutch bulbs.  Go to full article
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market. Photo: David Sommerstein
Bounty at the Canton Farmers' Market. Photo: David Sommerstein

Farmstands, CSAs, farmers' markets bursting with flavor

It's the peak of the harvest season in gardens around the region. Amy Ivy joins Todd Moe for an update on what's coming out of the garden, on late blight and some tips for buying large quantities of produce from growers. Also, it's time to celebrate the harvest with market and local food festivals.

Amy Ivy is a horticulturist for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties, and talks about gardening each Monday on NCPR.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/reway2007/1021562555/">reway2007</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: reway2007, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Prepping the summer flower garden for more color

There's lots of activity in the vegetable garden this month, but horticulturist Amy Ivy turns her attention to flower beds this week.

She told Todd Moe a summer cleanup in the annual and perennial gardens means more color later in the season. Amy shares tips on what to prune and how to encourage new blooms on some of the cooler season flowers.  Go to full article
Not quite ripe tomato. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/40385177@N07/5930737649/">Cristina</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Not quite ripe tomato. Photo: Cristina, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lots and lots of healthy but unripe tomatoes

It's been a good year for healthy tomatoes. Disease is scarce, plants are healthy and fruit is abundant.

Just one problem--the long stretches of unseasonably cool weather has kept them from ripening. And more cool temperatures are in the forecast. What can you do?

Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy says "wait."  Go to full article
A mess o' zucchini. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyhartshorn/2680766261/">Wally Hartshorn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A mess o' zucchini. Photo: Wally Hartshorn, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Keeping ahead of the zucchini and other harvest tips

The garden is now progressing faster than you can eat it. What to do with all that zucchini? When to harvest dried beans, when to plant cold season crops, what to do when the cucumbers poop out--Amy Ivy of Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties has the all skinny on what to do when the garden is getting fat.  Go to full article
Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.
Tirza Smith, of the Whitten Family Farm, helps a customer outside the Midtown Apartments in Potsdam. Photo by Claire Woodcock.

Mobile farmers market brings produce to you

Farmer's markets and home gardens are bursting with fruits and vegetables. But some people can't make it to the market or have gardens of their own. A new mobile market has teamed up with Garden Share to bring fresh produce right to people's doorsteps.  Go to full article
<em>Popillia japonica</em>, commonly known as the Japanese beetle. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_beetle#mediaviewer/File:Popillia_japonica.jpg">Bruce Marlin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Popillia japonica, commonly known as the Japanese beetle. Photo: Bruce Marlin, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Japanese beetles!!? What to do!?

Japanese beetles own a particular place in the gardener's journal. They are destructive. They come en masse. They are very hard to get rid of. So they are in that group of insect pests that is at the top of the dreaded-scourges list.

And this year, they are in Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy's garden: her willows, her marigolds, her corn. Everywhere. So she shares her advice on what to do about them with particular feeling.  Go to full article
Healthy porcelain garlic, after a successful growing season..
Healthy porcelain garlic, after a successful growing season..

How to harvest and keep garlic

Garlic is easy to plant, and doesn't usually require a whole lot of attention as it grows. It comes up, nice and green, first thing in the spring, like daffodils. Timing the harvest is trickier, though. And treating it right can help keep the bulbs fresh and firm for months.

Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy has the do's and don'ts.  Go to full article
Phosphorus used in gardens can contribute to algae blooms in lakes, like this one in 2012. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper
Phosphorus used in gardens can contribute to algae blooms in lakes, like this one in 2012. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper

For lawn and garden: the do's and don'ts of fertilizing

It's illegal to fertilize a lawn with phosporous in New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation sent a press release around last week with that reminder (more information on this here.

There are exceptions, dependent on a soil test. Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has lots of good information this week about that, and about fertilizers and fertilizing in general.

Top takeaways: don't fertilize your lawn till September anyway; do fertilize vegetables if they looked peaked; do fertilize flowers; don't fertilize woody herbs like thyme, sage and such; and as always, know your soil. Here's more information from Amy Ivy.  Go to full article

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