Garden Detective

Jessica Damiano's award-winning garden blog gets to the root of things.

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Jessica Damiano

Jessica Damiano is a journalist with more than 20 years experience in radio, television, print and online media.

She has worked on Newsday's interactive endeavors since 1994, and currently is senior editor of Newsday's ExploreLI.com website.

Jessica, who has trained as a Master Gardener, enjoys toiling in her garden -- an ongoing work in progress -- and helping local gardeners solve their horticultural problems in her column, Garden Detective, which appears every Sunday in Newsday.

The Garden Detective blog was awarded a 2008 Press Club of Long Island Society of Professional Journalists Online Features Reporting Award.

Jessica lives in Nassau County with her husband John, daughters Justine and Julia, dogs Maddie and Mikey, and a whole bunch of perennials, vegetable plants and weeds.

Late blight advice for home gardeners

Numerous initial symptoms of late blight are visible

(Credit: University of Maine Cooperative Extension)

Late blight has been identified on Long Island for the fifth straight year, and once again, we all need to be vigilant in looking for symptoms and reporting them as soon as possible.

Late blight, the disease responsible for the great Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s, reared its ugly head on Long Island in 2009, and has been back every year since. The disease is caused by a pathogen that can...

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