• Sycamore anthracnose effects trees; Daylily Garden Dedication planned

    You may have noticed how sickly looking many American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) trees are this year. The trees do not have much leaf foliage and appear to be dying. I have seen sycamores around our area and...

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  • Climate change in your garden and an easy care native perennial to try

    Every growing season has its own special challenges: Sometimes it’s hot and dry conditions; sometimes it’s a new plant disease or pest threat; sometimes it’s unseasonable cold and severe storms. Gardeners who want to be successful need...

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  • Invasive species update; Genetics and tomato flavor

    The spotted lanternfly has been at the center of much attention recently. The colorful invasive pest which is native to China, Taiwan and Vietnam, was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014. The pests have been especially damaging to...

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  • Look at this gorgeous color! Winner of the All America Selections Award 2019, Begonia “Viking™ XL Red on Chocolate.” Bright red flowers with large dark-colored leaves. This plant is part of a new series, which includes three other colors: Red on Green, Pink on Green and Rose on Green. All-americaselections.org.
    Beautiful Begonias

    Begonias are amazing. The genus Begonia includes plants with a huge variety of characteristics. Some begonias are low-growing, others have long cascading stems. Some begonias have showy bright-colored flowers, while others have blooms so tiny they are...

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  • Growing herbs for tea

    Herbs are fun to grow and can add beauty, functionality and interest to your garden. For centuries people have grown herbs for making their own tea. Chamomile, sage, lemon verbena, comfrey, scented geraniums and mints all work...

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  • Cornell Annual Trials Program

    If you are looking for inspiration as you plan this year’s garden, you may want to check out the Cornell Annual Trials Program. The purpose of the program, according to Cornell, is to evaluate the performance of...

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  • Give weeds a chance

    I recently had the chance to take part in a workshop on wild edibles led by Pat Banker, a Franklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Program Educator. It was very entertaining and extremely enlightening. Pat noted that...

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  • Pinkerbelle™ - a new hybrid tea rose with a great fragrance and high disease resistance.
    New rose varieties for 2019

    Great news for gardeners who love to grow roses, and for gardeners who would love to grow roses, but have been frustrated in the past by diseases which sometimes affect even some of the new easy care...

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  • A Lenten Rose blooming in my garden last April. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    The Lenten Rose

    With the recent start of the Lenten season leading up to the celebration of Easter, I’ve been thinking about the Lenten Roses still hidden under snow in my garden (as I write this column) and how much...

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  • Growing Microgreens

    Microgreens have become quite the rage lately and for good reason. They are easy to grow in your own kitchen, are exceptionally nutritious, and easy to add to salads, soups and sandwiches. Plus, you can grow them...

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