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It's time for the 6th annual Garden Poetry Contest. We survived the brutal winter of 2013-14, so this year's topic is, "We've earned it!"
Send in your original poem of 10 lines or less that conveys your heartfelt feelings about the upcoming season: Express your preference for shoveling mulch instead of snow, wax poetic about how keeping your mind on homegrown produce got you through February,...Read more »
The 8th annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge will be Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at Newsday headquarters (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville).
Give your plants plenty of tender loving care all summer long, then bring your biggest, heaviest fruit to the event. I'll weigh your tomatoes personally and crown the 2014 Tomato King or Queen.
The rules (revised for this year):
-Tomatoes must be homegrown,...Read more »
After a long and dreary winter, spring is finally here -- and Long Island's gardening scene is celebrating like gangbusters!
It's time for the 31st annual Dutch Festival at Hofstra University, where you'll find, you guessed it, tulips, tulips and more tulips. The festival will be held outdoors on the south campus from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and will also offer Dutch food and drink, jazz...Read more »
Back in March, I advised readers to delay planting peas and other early-season vegetables, despite what ordinarily would be an acceptable planting time, as the unusually cold and snowy winter we've had has left the ground colder and soggier than usual. Everything still seems to be behind schedule, as -- so far -- spring hasn't exactly been springlike.
I wasn't surprised to learn this week...Read more »
At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, homes, businesses and entire cities around the globe will go dark for one hour to raise awareness of the planet during Earth Hour 2014.
The campaign, which began as a local event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights to show support for environmentally sustainable action, has since grown into a global event, with hundreds...Read more »
About a week ago, I wrote about how all the snow we've had this winter will affect your garden come spring. It now appears it may have an effect on your health, as well.
Counter to what logic might dictate (or at least my logic), it seems we're all in for a long and potentially brutal allergy season. No, the season will not be delayed; it's actually two weeks ahead of schedule.
We already...Read more »
Today is the first day of spring, and you know what that means? It's also the vernal equinox.
When I was a kid and I wanted to know the meaning of a word, my mother typically would tell me to “look it up.” Lazy, I often pressed her to “just tell me.” Invariably, I would regret not reaching for the dictionary because she would launch into a 10-minute lecture about the Latin root of the word...Read more »
Standard time comes to an end at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, and although we'll technically be losing an hour of sleep as we "spring ahead," we'll be gaining an hour of sunlight, which is more than fine with me.
It's been cold and unforgiving all winter, and there's nothing like the blaring sun to make me feel alive again. Returning home from work in the dark has had me wanting to put on...Read more »
The holidays are here, so pick a nice day to deck your halls with English ivy.
First, don a pair of rubber gloves--a vine you grab may be poison ivy. Using pruners, cut away some nice vines from the base of a tree that's overladen with English ivy and gently pull them off the tree, being careful not to injure the bark. And while you're at it, cut away all the ivy at the base. This time, don't...Read more »
It's snowing outside, and my thermostat tells me it's 34 degrees, but this could only be the tip of the iceberg, so to speak: Long Island could be headed into a deep freeze this week, beginning with potentially plant-killing temperatures tonight into tomorrow morning. If you haven't already, bring in your tropicals, tender perennials, herbs and vacationing houseplants -- immediately.
What...Read more »