With the arrival of frosty temperatures, gardens are winding down. Oh there’s a bit more to do: nurse the late crops to the end, clean beds and prep for garlic planting, store the harvest, etc. But soon it’ll all be a memory of a hot,...
Plattsburgh, NY, Jun 28, 2010 — Growers are nervous this summer as they hope late blight won't resurface in the North Country. The disease devastated tomato and potato crops across the Northeast last summer. David Sommerstein talks with Amy Ivy, horticulturalist for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex counties, for the latest on late blight. She says gardeners are confusing the disease with early blight and other, more common, diseases. Go to full article
Plattsburgh, NY, Jun 14, 2010 — A new threat to the onion family: leek moth. The moths are familiar to gardeners across the border in Ontario and Quebec, but were only reported in this country last summer, in Plattsburgh. In their weekly conversation, Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy tells Martha Foley what home gardeners should look for. Plus a reminder to dig up and safely dispose of "volunteer" potatoes...growing from the remnants of last year late blight-infected crop. Go to full article
Plattsburgh, NY, Apr 05, 2010 — It was in the 80s and 90s across the North Country this past weekend. Some eager gardeners were no doubt out in the vegetable patch, planting the earliest of early crops, like spinach and peas. It won't be long till the planting season is underway in earnest. And there's an important question lingering from last year: what about late blight?
Horticulturist Amy Ivy assures Martha Foley there are no worries about tomatoes carrying the disease over the winter, but potatoes are another story. Go to full article
Sep 09, 2005 — Scientist, writer and gardener Diana Beresford-Kroeger, on a quick tour of her potato patch with Martha Foley. Beresford-Kroeger's extensive gardens are just outside Merrickville, Ontario. Go to full article