Jessica Damiano's award-winning garden blog gets to the root of things.
It's almost Thanksgiving, and you know what that means -- time to wrap the fig tree. Growing figs on Long Island is easy. But getting trees to survive the winter takes a bit of work and dedication. Here's how it's done:
Never use any plastic materials for any part of the process.
1. When the tree is young, for the first few year or two, it’s a good idea to cut...Read more »
Much of Long Island, especially the South Shore and East End, was inundated with salt water when high tides encroached upon landscapes during superstorm Sandy. Left alone, the salt will form a hard crust and end up completely dehydrating the soil, so you must move to flush it out.
Depending on the exposure, it may be too late to save your plants, but for the health of the soil and your future...Read more »
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 »
If you think the side of your road is beautiful, enoy it while you can. And if you think the side of your road looks like, well, the side of a road, get used to it. It's not going to improve, at least not for the next five years.
That's because the State Department of Transportation is tightening its belt, and major landscaping projects on Long Island roads didn't make the cut. If you're wondering...Read more »
It's fall, and that means Halloween is on the way, and that means places all around Long Island will be either celebrating or decorating or exhibiting. The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns event at Old Westbury Gardens falls into all three categories.
Some of the most talented sculptors and artists in the area will be individually crafting Jack O’Lanterns and OWG will display thousands of the illuminated...Read more »