Jessica Damiano's award-winning garden blog gets to the root of things.
Bird watchers will get a special treat in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: experts say rare and exotic birds that usually aren’t around will be flying about. "The best chance to see rare birds will be right after the storm has passed," said Andrew Farnsworth, scientist with the Cornell Lab of Orinthology and project leader of BirdCast, the National Science Foundation-supported migratory bird...Read more »
Sandy is knocking on the door, and I've got most of the hatches battened. Have you taken down your hanging planters? Be sure to put away anything that could fly around the yard Wizard of Oz style -- deck railing planters, patio furniture, umbrellas and flagpoles, too.
Then make sure you have enough batteries, candles, nonperishable food. Powdered milk is good, too; you can mix it with...Read more »
In last weekend's column, I misidentified reader Tom Marren's tree as a wild plum, when in fact it's a trifoliate orange. Also called a hardy orange, the tree bears a similarity to the wild plum in that it's very thorny and produces golf ball-sized fruit that starts out green. That's all I was able to ascertain from the early-season, close-up photo Marren sent, but as it turns out, if I had inspected...Read more »
This beauty thrives in full sun and has 5-petaled pink blossoms with white centers. Anyone?
UPDATE: Trish Reilly Auerbach was the first to correctly identify this plant as an ivy geranium (Pelargonium peltatum). The leaves are a dead giveaway that this beauty belongs to the geranium family.
She writes (via Facebook):
"Ivy geranium -- "Invasive Village Hanging Plants"...Read more »
Once again, the Long Island Farm Bureau is looking for some lucky kids it wants to help with some scholarship money.
High school seniors who have been involved with agriculture and plan on continuing studies in the field are eligible to apply for the 2013 New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship sponsored by the New York Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee.
Scholarship...Read more »
East Meadow Farm, the new digs of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, will be hosting its first Fall Farm Festival on October 12 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
While you're at the farm, at 832 Merrick Ave., be sure to stroll the butterfly, herb, rose and vegetable display gardens -- both for the sheer joy of it and also to get inspiration for your own garden. There...Read more »