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Time for a Garden Tune-Up

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips on weeding, mulching and re-planting.  Go to full article

Late Spring Pruning: Keep Your Blooming Plants in Shape

The garden is in. The weather is warmer. Time to sit back and relax? Horticulturist Amy Ivy says there are always garden chores. She tells Martha Foley about pruning spring-blooming plants now, if they need it.  Go to full article
<i>Yellow Iris</i>, Alice Wand. From NCPR's UpNorth Gallery
Yellow Iris, Alice Wand. From NCPR's UpNorth Gallery

Garden Tour: Life Among the Irises

There are gardeners who delight in growing a variety of annuals, perennials and veggies each year. Then there are those who devote most of their botanical careers to one particular flower or plant. For years, Paul Johnson who lives in Upper Jay in the northeastern Adirondacks, has found joy in growing irises. It's hereditary -- Paul Johnson is a third generation iris enthusiast and breeder. Todd Moe toured his plethora of iris gardens.  Go to full article

Giving the Garden a Boost

Amy Ivy talks with Martha Foley about soil temperature, fertilizer, mulch and other factors to keep your garden moist and healthy during hot spells.  Go to full article

Garden Design Tips: Space is a Good Thing

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about thinning vegetable and flower gardens.  Go to full article

Spring Lawn Care: Keeping it Green and Growing

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on preparing your lawn for the summer.  Go to full article
Trillium
Trillium

Woodland Wildflowers: Tips for Going Native

Spring is show time for the flowers of the forest. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has advice on growing wildflowers in your backyard. She says buy wildflower plants or seeds from a reputable nursery, since it's usually best to leave natural habitats undisturbed.  Go to full article

Early Spring Planting Tips: Wondering What to do When?

Cool weather is in the immediate forecast, and that's good news for daffodils. But it leaves gardeners impatient. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says experienced gardeners know anything can happen this month -- there's still a chance of frost through Memorial Day.  Go to full article

Soil Temperature Key to Seed Germination and Spring Planting

The sun may be out and temperatures are rising, but that doesn't mean it's the right time to plant your new garden. Horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley that the key to sprouting seeds is soil temperature.  Go to full article
Mole (above) and vole.
Mole (above) and vole.

Pests in the garden: The Four-legged Kind

Horticulturist Amy Ivy talks with Martha Foley about moles, voles and how to control them. While both are avid burrowers and can damage lawns, voles are herbivores with a big appetite for bulbs.  Go to full article

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