• 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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  • Fall Invaders

    It’s an annual occurrence – the invasion of our homes every autumn by insects looking for a place to snuggle in, stay warm, and survive the winter. On warm and sunny autumn days they can cover the...

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  • My Sargent Crabapple managed to do well this year despite fungal disease issues in other crab trees. Its bright red fruit has been beautiful against golden foliage this autumn. Photo by Kristina Gabalski
    November in the Garden

    Like it or not, winter weather will be here anytime now. The good news is that until the first accumulation of the white stuff, there are plenty of garden chores to keep you busy and make garden...

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  • Root for Root Crops

    I’ve been harvesting carrots for soup. Carrots are one of the last crops that mature in my vegetable garden. Cold temperatures help to make them sweeter and sometimes I have harvested them in the winter, after bitter...

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  • Cabbage

    “But always, to her, cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and porphyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.” That is how Selina Peake, the resilient heroine in Edna Ferber’s So Big, sees...

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