• Transplanting houseplants

    From air plants to terrariums to succulents, houseplants are a hot gardening trend right now and with the growing season over locally, this is a great time to think about care for your houseplants. To start, here...

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  • Garden Thanksgiving

    The weather this fall has made it especially difficult to get end of year garden  chores accomplished, but despite that and the many frustrations of gardening,  there is still much to be grateful for as Thanksgiving 2018...

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  • Autumn care of peonies

    Much of the autumn work we do in the garden revolves around preparing perennial plant material both for winter and for next spring. Peonies are a good example. The plants are native to the northern hemisphere and...

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  • Spotted Lanternfly

    You’ve probably already heard about the spotted lanternfly, the latest in the growing list of invasive pests which threaten local agriculture.  The unwelcome insect is closing in on Western New York and you can help in the...

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  • Growing Dwarf Alberta Spruce

    Evergreens are an important component of the home landscape. They provide color year round and formal shapes to the garden. Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Picea glauca var. Albertiana ‘Conica’ is a dwarf cultivar of the Alberta White spruce...

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  • New seedless grape variety from Cornell will appeal to home growers

    Exciting news from Cornell University this month about the newest offering from their grape breeders.  Everest Seedless is a cold-tolerant, blue-colored Concord-type grape with berries that are roughly twice the size of the traditional Concord. The new...

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  • Zinnias peak in my garden in early September. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    September – Bounty and Blight

    September is a bountiful time of year with summer crops still being harvested and autumn crops almost ready for picking.  There is also an abundance of local fruit available at farmer’s markets including peaches and apples. I...

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  • Native Summersweet shrub, ‘Ruby Spice’ growing in foundation plantings outside Kendall Elementary School in Kendall. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    Summersweet, a fragrant blooming shrub

    Summersweet clethra (Clethra alnifolia) lives up to its name. The native shrub blooms in mid-summer and features nicely fragrant blooms. Summersweet, also known as Sweet Pepperbush, is native to the eastern United States, and is commonly found...

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  • A Garden of Virtues

    Working at a local Cooperative Extension office means I get to see local gardeners and homeowners who come in seeking advice and answers to gardening questions. Recently, a family was concerned that they might have giant hogweed...

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  • Adult female and nymph deer ticks. Both can bite humans and animals. As we move towards fall, most tick nymphs will be reaching their adult size. Photo provided by University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
    Tick populations on the rise

    Tick populations are on the rise and as we head into late summer, it’s important to be aware of the places where you are most likely to find ticks and how to prevent being bitten. Here in...

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