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Dry spell in the garden. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/78428166@N00/">Tony Alter</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>
Dry spell in the garden. Photo: Tony Alter, CC some rights reserved

Approaching the end for the gardening season

It's been a tough season for flowers and vegetables, and for the gardeners who nurture them. Some things have flourished, it's true: see our All In blog post, "Late summer garden...and my new motto," from Ellen Rocco. But mostly, it's been too dry, really hot, and buggy.

Martha Foley talks with Cornell Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy about cleaning out a dried out flower garden, and looking ahead to next year.  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

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
Margaret Roach
Margaret Roach

From the big city to a dirt road--and loving it!

Margaret Roach, former editorial director of Martha Stewart Living turned blogger, has done what some urbanites only dream about - traded a busy career for life in the country. Roach left New York City and the magazine design world a few years ago for a quieter life filled with two lifelong passions: gardening and writing. She'll give a talk at St. Eustace Church in Lake Placid on Saturday (2-4 pm), titled "Nonstop Plants: a Garden for 365 Days." The event is a fundraiser for the Lake Placid Community Beautification. You'll find tickets at The Bookstore Plus. She also sign copies of her latest book, And I Shall Have Some Peace There.

For more than twenty years Margaret Roach has been working on the gardens at her place in Columbia County, near the Berkshires. She spoke with Todd Moe about gardening and finding solitude.  Go to full article

Pruning: details and strategy

As promised, Amy Ivy shares more about pruning in her weekly conversation with Martha Foley. Fist, she says, know what you want to accomplish. Plus some detail about the two types of hydrangeas: blue or white. It's important to know which is which.  Go to full article

In the garden: already time for a clean-up

No rest for the weary gardeners! This time of year, it's all about getting things really set for the growing season. The vegetable seeds and transplants go in. The perennials are divided. The mulch goes down. The trellises are back in place, and fences are mended. But it's not quite all about anticipation...there's some clean-up to be done, too. Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on daffodils, tulips and all those volunteers.  Go to full article

Heavy snow means winter yard maintenance

Trees and shrubs are suffering the consequences of well over a foot of wet, heavy snow brought by back-to-back storms last week, not to mention the heavy winds in between. Horticulturist Amy Ivy says it's not a crisis -- like a heavy ice storm might be. And she told Martha Foley that early March isn't really a bad time for pruning away the damage.  Go to full article
Winchester, Ontario teacher Jeff Arsenault and his students monitor the progress of their seeds up Mount Everest via the internet.
Winchester, Ontario teacher Jeff Arsenault and his students monitor the progress of their seeds up Mount Everest via the internet.

Big news from small seeds

Students at an Ontario school are hoping they've set a new world record for taking the most sunflower seeds to the top of Mount Everest. 5,000 seeds were sent from Winchester Public School to the top of the world's tallest mountain. Climber Justin Merle reached the peak last Friday carrying the seeds in his pack. Now, they'll be sent to schools across North America. Todd Moe has more on the "Seeds to Everest" project and its goal of inspiring a love for gardening and the environment.  Go to full article

More chores in the perennial patch

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about dividing and controlling perennials in the garden, especially some of the older plants and plots.  Go to full article

Books: Gardens Adirondack Style

Adirondack gardens, historic and contemporary, are profiled in the new book, Gardens Adirondack Style. It's the first book from photographer and writer Janet Loughrey. Loughery grew up in Glens Falls and lives in Portland, Oregon. She told Todd Moe the book profiles gardeners who have overcome the region's rugged mountain climate.  Go to full article

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