• Woody and ornamental shrubs can be susceptible to root and crown rots. Photo by Kristina Gabalski.
    Root and crown rots

    As I write this column during the final days of March, many of us continue to stay close to home, and many gardeners have already been out getting some initial work done for the growing season ahead. ...

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  • Gardening can provide much help during times of crisis and uncertainty. Spring is here, so get out and take advantage of all the benefits. Photo by Kristina Gabalski.
    Gardening and crisis mitigation

    Things are developing so swiftly right now regarding the Coronavirus situation that I am not sure what exactly will be happening when this column runs at the end of this week. What I do know for sure,...

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  • Keep your garden buzzin’

    There’s something very special about walking through the garden on summer mornings. The bees and other pollinators are busy at work in the warm sunshine gorging themselves on nectar and moving pollen from flower to flower making...

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  • A painful garden subject

    As gardeners, we’ve all experienced the pain of working with plants that have “thorns,” such as roses, which make jobs like pruning especially difficult. Perhaps you have grabbed to pull at a tousle of weeds unprotected by...

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  • Invite impatiens back into your garden

    If you are still reluctant to grow impatiens in your garden, there’s more good news to reassure you that you can successfully grow this plant again in your landscape. In addition to new downy mildew resistant varieties,...

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  • Growing pawpaws may be getting easier

    I tried several years ago to grow pawpaws in my yard. The experiment ended in failure – the one tree that survived lawn mowing literally tipped over after a storm. It never got more than three feet...

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  • New varieties for the new year

    The new year is always an exciting time for gardeners as seed company catalogs appear in the mail box filled with new and improved varieties to try. 2020 is no exception and this column includes just a...

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  • This super simple seasonal dish garden features moss, an air plant and embellishments. The air plant can be removed for weekly watering and embellishments can be changed according to the season. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    Dish gardens offer winter fun

    Dish gardens are a fun way to garden indoors any time of year, but perhaps especially during the long winter months. Dish gardens are defined by Cornell Cooperative Extension as a pleasing arrangement of several different plants...

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  • Pomanders made of oranges and cloves and cinnamon sticks are popular holiday scents which come from plants and plant parts. Image from schwarte.co.uk.
    Have yourself a merry plant-scented Christmas

    The wonderful spicy and sweet scents that are so much a part of our holiday celebrations all come to us from plants. Whether it be gifts, decorations, or foods, plants play a big part in our holiday...

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  • Proof that you can never have too many poinsettias! Bright white and pink poinsettias at Sara’s Garden and Nursery in Brockport would make stunning and appreciated gifts for the gardener on your list. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    Gift ideas for gardeners

    It’s that time again to think about gift giving for the gardeners on your list. Gardeners are fun to shop for because typically they are passionate about their hobby and are always happy to receive something that...

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