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Gardening Conversations: Four seasons of gardening with Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy. Matha Foley hosts

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Pruning basics: fruit

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400

(Apr 9, 2018) It seems like winter won't give up, with snow showers continuing and overnight lows in the 20s and below the last week. But the days are getting longer. There's birdsong in the early morning and buds are swelling. For gardeners, it's time to prune fruit trees, grapes and berries. Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy runs through the basic principles. [full story]

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The good news-bad news: it's yardwork time

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0400

(Apr 2, 2018) Yup. If the snow is gone and the ground is fairly firm, we can get outside for some judicious yardwork now. Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy spent Saturday raking. Gently. [full story]

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Time to sign on: CSAs are gearing up for the summer

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400

(Mar 26, 2018) Now's the time to join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm if you want to enjoy weeks of fresh vegetables and flowers...without necessarily growing them yourself. [full story]

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Itching to start seeds indoors? It's time - for onions

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(Mar 5, 2018) If you're planning for onions in your home garden this summer, you're looking at some deadlines. Right now is the time to start seeds indoors. That, and other points on the onion timeline from Amy Ivy. [full story]

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"Food from the Farm" brings homegrown tastes to Plattsburgh

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(Feb 26, 2018) Your pantry and root cellar might be running low on home grown, but there'll be plenty to see and taste Saturday in Plattsburgh, at the 9th annual Food from the Farm day.It's a great day to catch up with friends and foods from the greater Champlain Valley area.Amy Ivy should know. [full story]

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To start seeeds indoors, you need the right stuff

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(Feb 12, 2018) Tops on Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy's list are grow lights. You can assemble your own from common shop lights. Put them on a timer (16 hours of light a day), and be prepared to adjust the distance from the young seedlings.She tells how, and offers more tips on getting set to start seeds indoors. [full story]

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Good information can up your gardening game

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(Jan 22, 2018) Before the catalog orders, before the big tab at the nursery, now is a good time to invest in some good information.Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy suggests gardening workshops, websites to look for, and books to help make better plans for the coming seasons.Horticulturist Amy Ivy is a regular Monday guest on The Eight O'Clock Hour. [full story]

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Did plants sleep through the 80-degree temperature swing? Maybe.

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(Jan 15, 2018) Temperatures around minus 20 Thursday morning rose to 60 degrees above on Friday last week. That was a stunning swing. But just maybe it didn't hurt plants as much as we might think. By Friday night, the temperature was plunging again, and the snow was falling, re-insulating the ground, where the soil temperature is surprisingly moderate. [full story]

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Trees, shrubs help wildlife get through the winter

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(Jan 8, 2018) Deep cold and snow cover make life hard for wildlife. Birds cluster at the feeders. Deer come closer. Amy Ivy watched turkeys cruise her yard over the weekend. Martha Foley's cedar trees are full of chickadees, juncos, tree sparrows and more. Amy says now's the time to plan strategic plantings to provide food and shelter. [full story]

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Extreme cold may be harder on your indoor plants than your garden

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500

(Jan 1, 2018) Despite the extreme temperatures, December weather has had a fairly healthy pattern for the garden - steady cold to keep things dormant and a good snow cover for insulation. But your overworked heating system in sub-zero temperatures can take a toll on house plants. They can get too dry from forced air, or too warm from being near a heat vent, or too cold near a drafty window.Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy sorts out which plants are likely to have which problems and how to keep your whole plant community thriving during the bleak midwinter. [full story]

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Holiday gift tips for green thumbs

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

(Dec 18, 2017) Chances are you have at least one green thumb to shop for this holiday season. Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy has some ideas for gardening tools as gifts. [full story]

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Holiday gift tips for brown thumbs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

(Dec 11, 2017) This is the season for giving and getting holiday plants and indoor greenery. But what about recipients who don't have a "green thumb"?Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy has some can't-fail gift ideas for the holidays, including floral arrangements and natural centerpieces that won't require care later this winter. [full story]

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Getting real: holiday decorating with fresh greenery

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

(Dec 4, 2017) A front door or porch decked out for the holidays speaks to the spirit of the season. Amy Ivy, horticulturist with Cornell Cooperative in Clinton and Essex counties, shares some tips for finding and arranging winter greenery, including wreaths, boughs and garlands. [full story]

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Creating a meal from an Adirondack school yard - just in time for Thanksgiving!

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

(Nov 23, 2017) North Country School-Camp Treetops is one of the six founding members of the Edible Schoolyard Project, a national initiative of chef and food activist Alice Waters. The goal of program is to give students the knowledge and skills to make healthy food choices for themselves, their community and the environment. [full story]

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Garlic? Spring bulbs? It isn't TOO late

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

(Nov 20, 2017) Raise your hand if you didn't get your garlic/daffodils/tulips in the ground before the cold set in. Fear not. With some tolerance for working outdoors in chilly soil, you still have a chance. Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy and NCPR's Martha Foley are in the same boat, and share tips, and consolation.Also, make that pumpkin pie a butternut squash pie this year. They explain why, and have some great ways to make processing the raw squash a snap. [full story]

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You've got to trick bulbs into flowering indoors

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

(Nov 13, 2017) Word of the day from Amy Ivy: ver-nal-i-za-tion. noun. the cooling of seed during germination in order to accelerate flowering when it is planted.It's the whole thing in forcing spring bulbs to flower indoors. You've got to simulate winter's work by potting, watering and then keeping bulbs just above freezing for weeks before bringing them in to flower.Narcissus, paper whites, are the exception, not the rule, according to Amy. Bigger bulbs like daffodils require eight to 10 weeks of cold, smaller bulbs six to eight.Amy Ivy is a horticulturist for Cooperative Extension of Clinton and Essex Counties and joins Martha Foley for a gardening conversation each Monday on The Eight O'Clock Hour. [full story]

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Tulips and all - spring bulbs go in the ground now

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

(Nov 6, 2017) Now's the time to plant bulbs for spring flowers. Tulips, daffodils and all the littler bulbs go in the ground before it gets much colder.Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy tells why she likes daffodils and what to do to protect tulips from underground critters that will eat them if allowed. She also shares which of the smaller bulbs will spread from the original planting. And she's got a rule of thumb to gauge how deep to plant. (Soil on top should measure 2X the size of the bulb.) [full story]

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It's prime time to compost

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400

(Oct 30, 2017) Drifts of fallen leaves, plus the last round of lawn clippings, plus the remains of the frosted vegetable garden, plus a few shots of good soil - it all adds up to a great opportunity for compost.Whether you're a veteran with a chance to start a new bin, or a beginner wondering about the basics, Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy has the how-tos and whys of successful compost. One basic rule: no animal protein and nothing oily. [full story]

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Warm fall? Get a headstart on spring

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400

(Oct 23, 2017) Yes, it's still unseasonably warm. But parts of the North Country have had a killing frost.Perennials took a heavy hit in Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy's garden.That prompted her to start the annual fall clean up, and some strategic weeding to get a head start on spring. [full story]

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Not too early, not too late - timing the garlic

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400

(Oct 16, 2017) The thing about timing when to plant garlic, according to Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy, is that you want to hit a sweet spot between too warm, and too cold. If the weather is too warm, the garlic might send up top growth. That's not good. Too cold, and the bulbs don't have time to establish some roots. That's not good either. That and lots more about how to plant garlic in this week's conversation. [full story]

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