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Early Spring: Maple Sap Rises, Birds Return

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about early signs of spring, and an incredible tomato story.  Go to full article
Maple syrup producer Charlie Rutley with his new evaporator at his sugar shack near Potsdam.
Maple syrup producer Charlie Rutley with his new evaporator at his sugar shack near Potsdam.

Preview: Maple Weekend

Maple syrup producers across the North Country are hoping temperatures might rise enough today or Saturday for the sap to start or continue running. The season is nearly two weeks late in some parts of New York and Vermont. The late season isn't unusual but some producers fear it could decrease the number of sugaring days. Ideal weather for sugaring is temperatures in the 40s during the day and the 20s at night. This weekend, producers will open their sugar houses to the public whether they have sap to boil or not. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Maple Anticipation: Waiting for the Sap to Run

Martha Foley talks with David the day after he and Lisa tapped their backyard trees to find out if the sap is flowing.  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

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

April Snow Leaves Gardeners Impatient

With early spring snow and cold over the weekend, horticulturist Amy Ivy says don't be tempted yet to transplant trees or plants outdoors.  Go to full article

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