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Emma Pnini, 6 1/2, of Roslyn is at it again. Last year, the adorable novice gardener tried her hand at tomatoes and entered the Great Long Island Tomato Challenge. This year, with some experience under her belt, she added snap peas, string beans and lettuce to her garden. We'll see you in August, Emma!
Are you in?
The 2012 Great Long Island Tomato Challenge will be held at 7 p.m. Friday,...Read more »
My zucchini has been done in by cutworms. All three plants. And my potatoes aren't doing well, either. A quick glance this morning revealed insect damage, but I'll have to investigate fully before determining the culprit. Admittedly, I've been a bit neglectful lately, having recently returned from a 10-day trip. As we all know, that's all it takes.
On the bright side, tomatoes are still thriving,...Read more »
Suffolk County will begin a two-day mosquito-spraying program on Fire Island at 6 p.m. today. Ocean Bay Park will be sprayed from 6 to 10 tonight, and Fire Island Pines, Water Island, Atlantique and Summer Club will be sprayed from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow.
The county is using sumithrin, a pyrethroid pesticide branded as Anvil that contains a synthetic version of a naturally occurring compound...Read more »
A new report this morning by the AP is looking at farm accidents involving children. The story comes in the wake of a decision last spring by The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to reverse its earlier proposal to restrict farm work to kids that are at least 16 years old, and in some cases, 18.
Farming parents are defending their right to let their kids operate tractors and other heavy equipment,...Read more »
Took a walk around the garden on the first day of summer, assessing what was blooming and what was about to burst open.
The hydrangeas were covered with bright blue lacecap blooms, Campanulas were showing their stuff up against white lattice, pears were plumping on the tree, roses were floriferous, and herbs and vegetables were free from blight, pests and disease. Click the photo below...Read more »
Finally -- summer! The mild winter we had didn't have me pining for summer like I do most years, but still, it's my favorite time of year. Perennials burst with color, and the transient portion of the garden -- the edibles -- finally get a piece of the spotlight. Couple that with school letting out and a more laid-back vibe -- plus my birthday, naturally -- and summer is a pretty sweet time for...Read more »
I've written quite a bit about late blight lately, and today received a strong warning from Meg McGrath, the Cornell University plant pathologist who is monitoring the disease in our area. She says late blight is progressing east through the North Fork:
"I would greatly appreciate your help getting the word out to gardeners that they need to inspect their tomatoes and potatoes because...Read more »
Janet Hart of Lindenhurst has attended every annual Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, showing great spirit in her signature tomato tank top. And she’s gearing up to win in 2012: “This year I received some seeds from [former contestants], but if I win, I hope it is from my seeds. See you soon! -- The future Tomato Queen Janet Hart.”
That's the spirit! Are you in?
The 2012 Great Long...Read more »
Love gardens and animals? You can indulge both this Saturday, June 16, by attending the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons' 26th annual garden tour, aptly called, "A peek behind the hedges."
The self-guided tour through some great gardens in the village of Southampton runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, and ends with an optional cocktail reception from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at...Read more »
My dog is so being a Chia Pet for Halloween next year....Read more »