Jessica Damiano's award-winning garden blog gets to the root of things.
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.
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Daylight saving time 2013 will end Sunday at 2 a.m., so it'll be best to set your clocks back an hour before retiring for the night on Saturday. Soon, many of us can expect to wake up in the dark, and come home from work in the dark, too, as there's more than the clock at play: The time shift will be compounded by shorter day lengths. That might seem like a double whammy, but it is standard time,...Read more »
Although I appreciate the ideology, I'm not a strict locavore. I enjoy mangoes in New York, apples in summer and tomatoes during winter. O.K., I don't actually enjoy tomatoes during winter. I tolerate them. But you get the point. For the most part, I generally take my food from wherever it comes. Still, news this morning that electronics giant Sharp -- the TV and stereo manufacturer -- was getting...Read more »
They came with baskets and boxes, cut-up cartons and dish towels, bowls and food storage containers. And each of those concealed one thing: a homegrown tomato that held the promise of victory.
About 110 tomato growers and their families came from all over Long Island on Aug. 23 to line up at my scale and compete for the title of Tomato King or Queen. The heaviest entry and first-place winner...Read more »
There's only one more day until the 2013 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge! Bring your heaviest, homegrown tomato to Newsday (235 Pinelawn Rd., Melville) tomorrow at 7 p.m. I'll weigh it, regale you with some tomato lore and crown this year's Tomato King or Queen.
Take LIE Exit 49S and drive up to Pinelawn Road. Turn south on Pinelawn Road and proceed straight for about 2 miles. Newsday's...Read more »
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and The Plantage are presenting a Fall Gardening Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 21 in East Hampton, and the best part is that the widely respected, world reknowned Allan Armitage will be the keynote speaker.
Armitage is a horticulturist, author, researcher and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, where he also oversees the research...Read more »
Michelle from Great Neck has been gardening with her parents since she was 5 years old. Now, she says, "growing heirloom tomatoes has become a bit of a passion for our family."
She sends in this photo of her weekly bounty, but fears it won't "still be good on the weigh-in date."
We hope to see Michelle -- and other tomato-growing readers -- at The Great Long Island...Read more »
Alex Perros of East Meadow has two babies: His "attack dog," Bear, and his Brandywine and Beefsteak tomatoes. "This one is 1.5 pounds," he wrote recently, referring to one of the latter.
What's his secret? "I use just a little old-fashioned TLC," Perros told me. "Not a lot of water in the beginning of the growing phase, and the plants have to be placed where...Read more »
Your spring-planted greens are fading but that's no reason to resort to store-bought. Sowing new seeds now (or buying more starter plants) can set you up for a wonderful fall harvest.
Lots of plants not only can handle cooler temperatures, but actually prefer them. Lettuces, for example, wither in the heat of summer. But start them again now and you'll be enjoying garden-fresh salads well...Read more »