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Tomato plants starting up a trellis. Photo: <a href="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3648/3650652836_ca568ea7e6_o_d.jpg">Charles Dawley</a>, Creative Common, some rights reserved
Tomato plants starting up a trellis. Photo: Charles Dawley, Creative Common, some rights reserved

Some tomato tips before the season kicks into high gear

Even if you don't have a garden, you can grow tomatoes in a sunny spot on your front steps or patio. They're one of the most popular vegetables. But they take some tending over the growing season. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some early season tips for keeping tomatoes healthy this summer.  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
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
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
Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco up on their rooftop garden.
Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco up on their rooftop garden.

Taking the backyard garden to new heights

A Potsdam couple is growing flowers and vegetables in a garden on the roof of a storage building on their property. The thin-shelled concrete roof includes a thick layer of mulch that supports an ornamental and vegetable garden. The funky Asian-style structure with its turf top looks like something from Hobbiton or Hogwarts. The owners could have installed a garden plot in the nearby hayfield, but found the "green" roof an easier option.

Deborah Massell and Jackson Francisco are offering tours, by reservation, of their rooftop garden on Saturday. Todd Moe followed the couple up metal steps to the roof for a stroll through their garden-with-a-view.

You can reserve a spot on the roof garden tour by calling 315-347-4223, or email: SustLivingProject@gmail.com  Go to full article

New community gardens springing up

With the start of another growing season, new community gardens are starting up and others are expanding around the region. Todd Moe talks with Doreen Emery, a garden organizer in the Saratoga Springs area, about starting a new community garden in Greenfield for the first time this year.  Go to full article
Sedum "Autumn Joy" in winter
Sedum "Autumn Joy" in winter

The garden in winter: creating color, texture

Now is the time to assess mid-winter landscapes. There's lots of snow out there, but there are ways to add interest to flower beds and garden plots even in winter. Horticulturist Amy Ivy joins Todd Moe to talk about the beauty in the winter garden and tips for planning future winter gardens featuring ornamental grasses, shrubs and perennials.  Go to full article

Two garden scourges

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about two scourges in the garden this week: frost and weeds.  Go to full article
Julie Holbrook and Keene Central students weed a row of lettuce in the school's garden
Julie Holbrook and Keene Central students weed a row of lettuce in the school's garden

School gardens as outdoor classrooms

School gardens are more than a source of local food for the cafeteria. These gardens, planted and tended by students and staff, are being integrated into the educational curriculum to teach children not only about plants, nature and the environment, but other subjects as well. Danielle Pipher, a farm to school educator in Vermont, says gardens can teach kids about history, economics, social studies, math and art. Pipher will lead a workshop on school gardens on March 30th at St. Lawrence University. She spoke with Todd Moe about how to start a school or community garden.  Go to full article
Diane Leifheit captures flowers and an Adirondack chair in pastels
Diane Leifheit captures flowers and an Adirondack chair in pastels

A bounty of art from the garden

It's harvest season and artists across the region have been busy in the garden. Painting outdoors, or "plein air", is a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot among flowers or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are competed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges. Todd Moe visits a group of artists near Malone celebrating another season of creating art outdoors.  Go to full article

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